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DNR Proposes Hunting and Trapping Season Dates and Regulation Changes

Annapolis, MD (February 24, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold two public meetings to solicit comments on the proposed hunting and trapping regulations for resident game species and selected migratory game birds for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service adopts hunting and trapping regulations for resident game species and certain migratory birds on a biennial schedule.

“We look forward to discussing our proposals with hunters, trappers and other citizens interested in Maryland’s wildlife resources,” said Wildlife & Heritage Service Director Paul A. Peditto. “We have been working on these proposals with a variety of our stakeholders since early January in an effort to keep our regulation changes responsive to the needs and interests of Maryland’s citizens and visitors.”

Citizens are encouraged to comment on the proposed regulations via the internet, letter, telephone or fax until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2010.

Written comments should be sent to Paul A. Peditto, Director, DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service, Tawes State Office Building E-1, Annapolis, MD, 21401. Comments may be faxed to 410-260-8596. Citizens may also call 410-260-8540 or toll-free in Maryland at 877-620-8DNR, ext. 8540.

To view the proposed regulations and comment online, visit Comments will be posted to the site as soon as possible.

DNR’s proposed regulations public meetings are:

Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
Annapolis Senior High School
2700 Riva Road in Annapolis (Anne Arundel County)
Directions: From Rt. 50, take Exit 22, Riva Road, Rt. 665. Take Riva Road South for approx. 0.8 miles. Turn right at Arundel Olympic Swim Center. School is in the back on your left.

Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
South Hagerstown High School
1101 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Directions: From I-70, merge onto MD 65N via Exit 29B. Travel 1.3 miles north towards Hagerstown. South Hagerstown High School is on the left.

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

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