Deer in Spring Landscape

Of Interest


Myrtle Grove WMA entry signMyrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area Now 773 Acres Larger

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, 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.

Junior turkey hunter with mentor and harvested turkeyMaryland’s Selected Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Public Comment Period Closed at 4:00 pm on March 17, 2014


Offshore waterfowl hunter in boatRiparian Property Licensing Now Open

Application Deadline June 1

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for offshore waterfowl blind and shoreline licenses for riparian (waterfront) property owners. A license will establish offshore stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or prevent others from licensing the shoreline at a later date.


Last year’s winning entry, Peaceful Swim by Paul MakuchalDNR Seeks Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Designs

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will judge the entries on April 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 44th Annual World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

Winter 2014 issue of HabichatWinter 2014 Issue of Habichat

For Stewards of Maryland's Backyard Wildlife. HABITAT - the arrangement of food, water, cover, and space - IS THE KEY.

The Public Comment Period for Proposed Regulations on Wildlife Management Areas has closed. Click here to view comments made by others.

Maria Wilder took a 95 pound white-tailed deer with a rifle on the 13th day of November, 2010 in Frederick County.Junior Hunting in Maryland

Junior Hunt Days are special days just for hunters under a certain age to hunt accompanied by a mentor. NOTE: Hunters of all ages (that are not mentoring a youth) may participate in any of the other hunting seasons that are open during the Junior Hunt Days.


2013-14 Migratory Game Bird Stamp2013-2014 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons

The Wildlife & Heritage Service would like to thank everyone who participated in this process through meetings and online comments.


2013-2014 Regulations and Application for Deal Island WMA and Fairmount WMA Impoundments

Waterfowl hunting in the impoundments has specific regulations including permit requirements for certain days and open and closure dates. For information and permit application click here.

Mourning Dove photo, courtesy of USFWSDNR Announces 2013-2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2013-2014 early migratory game bird hunting seasons. Dove season marks the traditional start of hunting activity each year in Maryland. See 2013-2014 Public Dove Fields

Woodland Wildlife Webinar Series Presentation Online

“Hunting Leases, Associated Liability, and Appropriate Insurance”


Scenic View of Swallow Falls, courtesy of Kathy FachetGovernor O’Malley Announces New Online Guide to Maryland Natural Areas

In celebration of the start of summer and the end of the school year, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the new Guide to Maryland Natural Areas. This online, one-stop travel resource is for anyone looking to experience the State’s most beautiful natural places, as distinguished by their pristine environment and rare plant and wildlife species.

Keep an Eye out for Reptiles and Amphibians!

3/2013- Now through December 2014, the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) is looking for volunteers to report sightings of reptiles and amphibians…

Hunter Safety Volunteer instructors

Hunter Safety

Volunteer safety instructors offer hunter safety classes statewide, helping to keep hunters and citizens safe.

Photo of Junior Hunter, iStock image

Junior Hunting

Maryland holds three Junior Hunt Days (deer, turkey, game birds). Junior Hunters can also earn a Junior Hunter Certificate.

Photo of Maryland Terrapin

Attention Crabbers

You can help save the Maryland Terrapin. Learn how to easily and inexpensively modify your crab pots.

National Hunting & Fishing Day

Maryland Celebrates

National Hunting & Fishing Day on Sat., Sept. 27th. Free Admission & Free Parking. Join us for a day of fun!