Young hunters can hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult November 1, 2014 and February 7, 2015. During these two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, hunters ages 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult.
The 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
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
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
DNR seeking partner shooting ranges and sportsmen’s groups
The National Shooting Sports Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service to help create a new Maryland Hunting and Shooting Sports Outreach Program to provide ‘next step’ assistance for novice hunters and shooters of all ages to feel comfortable engaging in these activities. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds riparian (waterfront) property owners who want to apply for offshore blind and shoreline licensing that applications are due by mail June 1. Riparian property owners, or those with permission from the property owner, may license the shoreline to establish stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or to prevent others from licensing it at a later date. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in the Southern Maryland. Read more
DNR launches mobile app featuring recreation opportunities and news updates
Enjoying Maryland’s great outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app! The AccessDNR app provides the State’s hunters, anglers, boaters, park-goers ─ anyone seeking outside adventure ─ all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information and news right at their fingertips.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to solicit comments on proposed hunting and trapping regulations for the State’s resident game species and selected migratory game birds for 2014-15 and 2015-16. DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service reevaluates the regulations for these game species every two years. Read more