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Hunting and Trapping Seasons Proposed

Public Comments Accepted Until July 9

Hunter at SunriseThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting public comment on proposed hunting and trapping seasons for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. 

The proposed regulations were published in the Maryland Register June 8, and would establish hunting season dates and bag limits for deer, bear, wild turkey, and small game species such as squirrels and rabbits. The prospective rules also outline hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for furbearers such as beaver, muskrat, fox and raccoon.

Over the past several months, the department has presented potential management concepts to a variety of external and internal partners and stakeholders, including farmers, community representatives, hunters, trappers and other outdoor enthusiasts. 

“The public suggestions have proven instrumental in shaping this regulatory packet,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “As a result, we have been able to adapt our original concepts to make them more desirable to our stakeholders, while maintaining the scientific integrity of our wildlife management concepts.”

The public is welcome to view the proposed regulations and submit comments online. Feedback can also be given by calling Karina Stonesifer at 301-777-2136, by fax to 301-777-2029, by emailing or by written correspondence to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Avenue, E-1, Annapolis MD 21401.

The comment period will close July 9, 2018.