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Maryland Venison Donation Grant Program Seeks Partner Organizations

Funds available for processing venison donated to charity The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for partner organizations for the 2024 venison donation grant program.  Grant money is available to organizations to assist with the direct costs of butchering and processing deer with the resulting venison being donated to organizations that assist Marylanders in  Read the Rest…


Maryland’s Spring Turkey Season Set to Open

Junior Hunt begins April 13; regular season starts April 18 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that the statewide spring wild turkey season will kick off April 13 with Junior Turkey Hunt Day. All hunters can hunt during the regular spring turkey season, which begins April 18 and continues through May 23.


Offshore Hunting Blind and Shoreline Licensing for Riparian Landowners is Now Open for 2024 Season

Applications Must Be Postmarked by May 31, 2024 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service is now accepting waterfowl offshore blind and shoreline license applications for waterfront, or riparian, property owners. Landowners, or anyone who has been granted permission from the riparian property owner, may license their shoreline. An offshore blind  Read the Rest…


Maryland Hunters Harvest 72,642 Deer for 2023-2024 Season

More than 10% were harvested on Sundays The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that deer hunters harvested 72,642 deer during the combined archery, firearms, and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 8, 2023 through Feb. 3, 2024. The statewide harvest included 30,025 antlered and 38,511 antlerless white-tailed deer, and 1,912 antlered and 2,194 antlerless sika deer. The harvest  Read the Rest…



Maryland’s Primitive Deer Hunt Days Run Feb. 1 – 3

Final Opportunity for Deer Hunters for the 2023-24 Season The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the state’s Primitive Deer Hunt will be open Feb. 1-3 statewide. Hunters with a valid hunting license, or those exempt from the hunting license requirement, may use primitive bows or muzzleloaders to hunt sika and white-tailed deer during these days. Primitive hunting devices  Read the Rest…







Maryland’s Deer Firearm Season Opens with 7% Increase in Harvest

Cooler weather prevails in opening weekend of two-week hunt  Hunters reported harvesting 10,864 deer  on the opening weekend of the 2023 Maryland firearm season from Nov. 25-26, according to data collected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The overall deer harvest was 7% higher than last year’s official opening weekend harvest of 10,159 deer.  The  Read the Rest…



Maryland Reports 2023 Early Deer Season Results

Deer hunting opportunities still abound for the rest of the year The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that hunters harvested 16,607 deer during the early portion of the 2023 archery and muzzleloader seasons. The harvest was an 18% decrease from last year’s official harvest of 20,267 deer for the same period. The annual deer harvest fluctuates  Read the Rest…




Maryland’s Junior Deer Hunt Opens November 11

Hunt offers prime time for adult hunters to pass on traditions The Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages experienced deer hunters to take advantage of the upcoming Junior Deer Hunting Days to introduce young people to this time-honored cultural and sporting tradition.  The Junior Deer Hunt is open on private and designated public land in all counties on November  Read the Rest…





Maryland Department of Natural Resources Offers Mentored Deer Hunts in Dorchester County

‘First Shot’ program is designed for first-time adult hunters The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering novice adult hunters an opportunity to hunt for deer at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas in Dorchester County this October.  The First Shot Mentored Deer Hunt introduces first time adult hunters (18 and older) that do  Read the Rest…


Chesapeake Forest Hunting Tract Leasing Lottery Now Open

Deadline for hunt clubs to enter the lottery is August 23 Hunt clubs interested in obtaining a hunting lease agreement on Chesapeake Forest Lands can enter a lottery for available tracts in Wicomico and Worcester Counties.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will accept online entries until August 23. Winning clubs will have the right to obtain a ten-year lease agreement, at the  Read the Rest…



Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Process Now Available for 2023-24

Online lottery, virtual appointments available to secure hunting locations The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering an online process for Maryland hunters to apply for a 2023-2024 waterfowl blind site license, which reserves a location for a landowner or authorized individual to place a hunting blind.  From July 12 through July 25 at 11:59 p.m., hunters may  Read the Rest…


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Schedules Qualification Shoots for Managed Deer Hunts

Proficiency Tests Necessary to Participate in Managed Deer Hunts The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released the 2023 Shooter Qualification Schedule for managed hunts, which includes more than 20 sessions at 11 locations across the state. The events allow hunters to take the necessary proficiency test required to obtain a Shooter Qualification Card to participate in the state’s managed deer  Read the Rest…


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announces Revised Hunting License Price Structure

New Changes Include the Creation of a Sika Deer Hunting Stamp The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that legislation passed during the 2023 General Assembly will increase the price of hunting licenses and some associated stamps beginning with the 2023-24 hunting season. The existing structure and fees had been in place since 2002, and the  Read the Rest…


Maryland Spring Turkey Hunters Set New Harvest Record

Harvest Increases Reported in Every County Maryland hunters harvested 5,356 wild turkeys during the 2023 spring regular and junior turkey seasons, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported. This year’s harvest was 27% higher than the 2022 harvest and surpassed the previous record harvest of 4,303, set in 2020.


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announces Newly Created Venison Donation Grant Program

Money Available to Cover Processing Fees for Venison Donated to Charitable Causes The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the creation of a venison donation grant program. Money is available to county governments, municipal corporations, and 501(c)(3)tax exempt organizations to assist with the direct costs of butchering and processing deer for venison to be donated to programs  Read the Rest…



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

Applications Must Be Postmarked by May 31, 2023 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  Read the Rest…


Maryland Hunters Harvest 76,687 Deer for 2022-2023 Season

Statewide Harvest Increased 8% from Previous Year The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that deer hunters harvested 76,687 deer during the combined archery, firearms, and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 9, 2022 through Feb. 3, 2023. The statewide harvest included 29,682 antlered and 42,872 antlerless white-tailed deer, and 1,908 antlered and 2,225 antlerless sika deer. The  Read the Rest…



Maryland Winter Turkey Season Harvest Up 25%

January Season Yield Spiked in Several Counties The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that hunters took 84 wild turkeys during the 2023 winter turkey season, which was open statewide Jan. 19-21. This year’s harvest was 25% above the 2022 total of 67 turkeys. Allegany, Frederick, Washington, Anne Arundel, and Charles counties reported the highest harvests.  Read the Rest…



Maryland Firearm Deer Hunting Resumes Jan. 6

Weekend Hunt Provides Additional Opportunity The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced the January firearm deer hunting season opens Jan. 6, 2023, in Deer Management Region B, which includes all of the state except the westernmost counties. Hunters with a valid hunting license may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season.  The  Read the Rest…


Maryland Deer Harvest Up 10% in 2022 Firearm Season

Hunters Take 29,124 Deer During Two-Week Season The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters harvested 29,124 deer during the two-week firearms season from Nov. 26 through Dec. 10. The firearms season harvest was 10% higher than last year’s official count of 26,584. 


DNR Accepting Recipes for Wild Maryland: The Holiday Edition

Marylanders Encouraged to Submit Holiday Recipes Featuring Foods Fished, Foraged, and Hunted The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is once again putting out a call to all wildlife and cooking enthusiasts to submit their favorite recipes for its Wild Maryland online cookbook, this time for the holiday season.  The department encourages Maryland’s hunters, anglers,  Read the Rest…



Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens in Late October

First Segment of Season Starts October 20 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season runs from Oct. 20-22 statewide.  Hunters in Region B — the state’s central, southern, and eastern regions — can also use muzzleloaders from Oct. 24-29 for antlerless deer only. The popular season typically coincides  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – September 2022

Step Up to Serve, Engage in Maryland Traditions Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed Sept. 11 a day of service and remembrance across the state of Maryland in memory of those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The proclamation is part of an initiative that Governor Hogan, the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism, and  Read the Rest…


Design Contest for 2023-2024 Migratory Game Bird Stamp Now Open

Artists Can Submit Original Work by November 3, 2022 Artists are invited to submit their original works for Maryland’s annual Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This popular competition combining artistic skill with knowledge of Maryland’s wildlife is open until November 3, 2022.



Waterfowl Hunting Set at Deal Island and Fairmount Impoundments

Permit Applications for Somerset County Wildlife Management Areas Now Available  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the annual schedule and process for waterfowl hunting at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments. The current program is being managed to reduce crowding and maintain the quality of waterfowl hunting opportunities during  Read the Rest…


Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Process Now Available for 2022-23

Online Lottery, Virtual Appointments to Secure Hunting Locations The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is again offering an online-only process for Maryland hunters to apply for a 2022-2023 waterfowl blind site license. From now through July 26 at 11:59 p.m., hunters may enter the annual lottery for the opening days of blind site licensing through the department’s Compass licensing  Read the Rest…


Maryland’s Spring 2022 Turkey Harvest Sees 8% Increase

Hunters Bag 4,208 Turkeys; Five Counties Set Records Maryland hunters harvested 4,208 wild turkeys during the spring 2022 regular and junior turkey seasons, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported. This year’s harvest was 8% higher than the 2021 harvest and just 2% below the record harvest of 4,303 set in 2020.


Maryland Spring Turkey Season 2022 Set to Open

Junior Hunt Starts April 16; All Hunters Begin April 18 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that the statewide spring turkey season will kick off April 16 with Junior Turkey Hunt Day. All hunters can try to bag a bird during the regular statewide spring turkey season, April 18 through May 23.


Maryland Hunters Report Taking 70,845 Deer in 2021-2022 Season

Frederick County Leads State in Harvest Totals The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that deer hunters harvested 70,845 deer during the combined archery, firearms, and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 10, 2021 through Feb. 3, 2022. The statewide harvest included 27,947 antlered and 39,498 antlerless white-tailed deer, plus 1,541 antlered and 1,859 antlerless sika deer. The harvest  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – February 2022

Public Input Essential to Our Mission Our department recognizes and values the contributions of both anglers and hunters – especially when it comes to responsibly managing our natural resources. We also recognize the value in ensuring that these and other important outdoor recreation traditions continue long into Maryland’s future.  With support from the Recreational Boating  Read the Rest…


Maryland Reports 2022 Winter Turkey Season Harvest

Hunters Take Advantage of Cold Weather Opportunity The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported taking 67 wild turkeys during the 2022 winter turkey season, which was open statewide Jan. 20-22. This year’s harvest was 24% lower than the 2021 winter total of 89 turkeys. St. Mary’s, Baltimore, and Caroline counties reported the highest  Read the Rest…


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