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Grove Farm Wildlife Management Area Opens to Managed Hunting on September 1

Earleville, Md. – The Grove Farm Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will open to managed hunting beginning on the opening day of the mourning dove season, September 1, 2009. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acquired the 744 acre property, located in the southern portion of Cecil County, in March 2008.

“This new Cecil County Wildlife Management Area will provide a variety of new hunting opportunities for Maryland hunters,” said Karina Blizzard, Associate Director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service. “Grove Farm WMA’s diversity of woodland, wetlands, fields and shoreline will provide numerous opportunities to hunt upland and forest game, migratory game birds and deer.”

Grove Farm WMA will be open to regulated hunting for all game species according to established season dates and bag limits. New this year at Grove Farm WMA is that dove hunters are required to use non-toxic shot only.

Hunter access to the property will require possession of a free seasonal permit and daily reservation. The seasonal permit can be obtained from the Gwynnbrook Managed Hunt Permit Office located at 3740 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Hunters may visit the Gwynnbrook Office Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m. or mail a photocopy of their hunting license, and applicable stamps, including current address, daytime phone number and vehicle tag number to the Permits Coordinator at the Gwynnbrook Office. Hunters registering through the mail are reminded to include a letter size, self-addressed, stamped envelope with first class postage.

Daily hunting reservations are issued on a first come first serve basis and may be made either in person or by telephone at 410-356-9272, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Reservations may be made up to 8 calendar days prior to the day of the hunt.

Additional information about the Grove Farm WMA is available online at

   August 31, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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