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Maryland Game Birds

The 45th Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest for 2014-2015 2013-2014 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Winner

Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The design contest judging will be held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The entries will be on display in D Hall of the Convention Center begining at 10am with the judging to be held at noon. Click here for information, rules and entry forms.

  • 2013 Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations Announced

  • 2013 September Teal Season

  • 2013 Early Resident Canada Goose Seasons & Bag Limits

  • 2013-2014 Late Waterfowl Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

  • 2013 - 2014 Webless Migratory Game Bird Season

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

  • 2013-2014 Public Dove Fields

  • Migratory Game Birds

    Will Maan took a Wild Turkey on April 28, 2011.Maryland’s migratory game birds include 25 waterfowl species, mourning doves, woodcock, rails, gallinules, and snipe. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts two general types of migratory game bird studies: surveys of abundance and distribution and surveys of harvest and mortality. The DNR integrates this biological survey information, research findings, and social considerations into annual hunting regulation proposals.

    Wild Turkey and Upland Game Birds

    The Wild Turkey and Upland Game Bird Project manages populations and habitats of wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, and ring-necked pheasants. Although each of these species is managed differently due to their unique ecology, they are all important in providing recreational opportunities in Maryland through hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation.

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    Volunteers at Deal Islland WMA Impoundment Restoration

    Volunteers Making a Difference

    A project in the Deal Island WMA impoundment is restoring emergent tidal marsh by trapping sediments with fencing. The sites are planted with spartina plugs to stabilize the sediments. Volunteers from Duck’s Unlimited and the Maryland Waterfowler’s Association assisted Wildlife and Heritage staff with planting in early May 2013.

    Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Contest Winner

    Winning entry for 2013-2014: Peaceful Swim by Paul Makuchal

    DNR Partners with the Maryland Wood Duck Initiative (MWDI)

    MWDI's mission is to enhance Maryland’s wood duck population and to generate a greater appreciation of the wetland habitats in which they live by advocating and demonstrating the merits of a “best practices” approach in managed nest programs.