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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announces Offshore Blind and Shoreline Licensing Applications Now Open

Applications Must Be Postmarked by May 31, 2023

Photo of hunter in an offshore blind after sunset

Offshore blind site, photo by Jake McPherson, Ducks Unlimited

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that waterfront, or riparian, property owners can now apply for offshore blind and shoreline licenses to establish sites for hunting waterfowl or prevent others from licensing their property.

After a stretch of shoreline is licensed, no other person may receive a license for the same shoreline, whether or not the original licensee establishes a blind at that location.

Riparian property owners, or anyone who has been granted written permission from the owner, may license their shoreline for one year for $20 or three years for $60. 

Applicants must submit paperwork and fees by mail, postmarked no later than May 31, 2023.

Riparian landowners who miss the May 31 deadline may participate in the “open” offshore blind site licensing process that begins August 1, 2023.

Applications and information on laws related to shoreline licensing for riparian property owners are available at the Department of Natural Resources website or by calling the Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8538, toll free at 1-877-620-8367.