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Boating Restrictions in Effect at Deal Island and Fairmount WMAs this Hunting Season

Flock of ducksThe use of motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, will again be prohibited at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) impoundments this hunting season, October 1 through March 31. DNR established the regulation last year to make these areas more appealing to birds, thus creating a better hunting area.  Read more »


Deer Archery Season to Open September 5

Photo of large buck in a field of tall grass

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Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 5, 2014 and continues through January 31, 2015. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks, but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions. Read more


DNR Announces 2014-2015 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

“Fly In” by Chuck Prahl

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources  announced the 2014-2015 early migratory game bird hunting seasons. Dove season marks the traditional start of hunting activity each year in Maryland. Read more


The Maryland Black Bear Lottery is Open

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the black bear hunting season scheduled to take place October 20 through 23, 2014.

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Proposed Late Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Open to Comment

The proposed 2014-2015 late waterfowl hunting seasons and bag limits are now available. DNR will accept public comment on the proposed regulations through August 19, to be finalized in early September after DNR reviews citizens input and obtains approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more »


NRP Urges Parents to Say “Yes” to Ninja Turtles, “No” to Baby Turtles

DNR Wildlife and NRP urging the public to Say Yes to Ninja Turtles, No to Baby Turtles

DNR Wildlife and NRP urging the public to Say Yes to Ninja Turtles, No to Baby Turtles

With only days before the release of the fifth installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie series, the Maryland Natural Resources Police is urging parents to buy young Ninja fans action figures rather than live baby turtles. Read more »


NRP Wins Conservation, Boating Court Cases

The Maryland Natural Resources Police gained convictions last week on seven men charged with conservation and boating crimes. Read more »


Qualification Shoots Scheduled for Managed Deer Hunts


Two deers looking around. Photo by Don Biresch

by Don Biresch

Maryland’s 2014-2015 Shooter Qualification Schedule is now available and includes more than 35 firearm qualification sessions at 18 locations across the State.  These events allow hunters to take the shooting proficiency test that is required before they can participate in many of the managed deer hunts held in Maryland. Read more »


Notice: Elk Neck State Forest shooting ranges to close for repairs

7/25 The pistol range is open

7/18 update: The rifle and shotgun ranges have reopened. The pistol range is still closed.

Elk Neck State Forest shooting ranges will close for repairs starting July 16 at 1 p.m. It is anticipated that this closure will last for one to two weeks. The archery range will remain open. Visitors can contact the office at 410- 287-5675 for status updates.

Additionally, the rifle and shotgun ranges will be closed Saturday, July 26 until 1 p.m. for a DNR outreach program. Details.


DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations

Waterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2014-2015 hunting season starting August 5. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Dates and instructions are as follows: Read more »