Firearms deer season starts Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 9

ANNAPOLIS — Firearm deer season in Maryland runs Saturday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Dec. 9, the time hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer this year.   New this year, certain air guns are legal for hunting sika and white-tailed deer during the firearms season. They are defined as any gun that […]

Junior Deer Hunting days this weekend in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages experienced deer hunters to introduce youth to the time-honored cultural and sporting tradition this month during two Junior Deer Hunting Days.   The hunt will be held Nov. 11 on private and public land in all counties, and Nov. 12 on private land in all counties […]

Maryland State Park passes for 2018 now available

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers access to outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone, and right now is an ideal time to get passes for entry to public lands for 2018. The Maryland State Park & Trail Passport available now provides access to our network of state parks now through Dec. 31, 2018, meaning extra time for the yearlong […]

Pocomoke River State Park marks Golden Anniversary with special events Sept. 30

SNOW HILL — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is celebrating the golden anniversary of Pocomoke River State Park with a special activities throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 30. The park boasts America’s northernmost cypress trees, a blackwater river darkened by fallen cypress needles and a Maryland Champion loblolly pine tree standing 113 feet tall. “Families have been […]

Duck hunting opportunities in Fairmount, Deal Island

ANNAPOLIS — Hunters can now submit applications for the annual permit-only waterfowl hunting days on Deal Island and Fairmount wildlife management areas, located in Somerset County. Permits will be issued through a lottery drawing, with assignments based upon a hunter’s stated preference for each impoundment area and/or date. Applications must be received by Monday, Sept. […]

Waterfowl blind site licensing dates and locations announced

Starting August 4 at locations statewide, hunters may apply for a 2015-2016 waterfowl blind site license. Opening-day applicants will be entered into a lottery drawing for the first chance to pick their sites.
Each blind site license is assigned to a designated location in Maryland waters where hunters can anchor their boats to hunt waterfowl. Dates and instructions are as follows:
• August 4 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the four Lower Shore counties listed below. The drawing will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to choose their blind sites, with a max of two sites per day. Site selections will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day. Note: Anyone arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery.
• August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. licensing will be held at all DNR Service Centers and offices as listed.
• August 6 and thereafter, the centers will operate on normal business hours.
Citizens must present a 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 Maryland resident hunting license in order to participate in the blind site process (landowners or individuals with written permission of landowner who desire to license their own property are exempt from this requirement). Applicants must also present their Maryland driver’s license or other photo ID to verify identification and residency. The 2015-2016 Maryland hunting license is now available at any DNR sport license agent, online or by calling 1-800-918-2870.