Deer in Spring Landscape

Photograph of White-tailed deer in field, courtesy of John White.Slacks CWMA 

Located east of Sykesville, Maryland the property is owned by Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The 135-acre tract was purchased as part of the Public Safety Education and Training Center.

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What To See

Slacks CWMA provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species primarily white-tailed deer, rabbit, squirrel, and songbirds.

What To Do

The area is open for archery deer hunting during the regulated hunting season established by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Hunters are required to have a permit and a daily reservation to access the area.

Area Regulations

  • Access to Slacks CWMA is restricted from the opening day of deer bow season to January 31st; access is by permit and reservation only (except on Sundays).
  • To apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit click here.
  • During the hunting season, hunters wishing to scout the property are welcome to do so on Sunday.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Parking is available on Slacks Road. Hunters must park in the designated parking area.
  • Non-Hunting Users

  • Outside of the hunting season, public access to Slacks CWMA is prohibited.
  • Site Management Practices

  • Slacks CWMA is a mixture of fields and forested land.
  • Maryland map showing approximate location of Slacks CWMADirections

    Slacks CWMA is located east of Sykesville, Maryland. Hunter access to this area is from a parking lot on Slacks Road. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

    Acknowledgement: Photograph of White-tailed deer in field, courtesy of John White.


    This area is a part of Marylandís Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the Stateís wildlife resources.

    Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.

    Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.