Maryland Hunting News

Maryland Black Bear Hunt Closed

Oakland, Md. (October 27, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the 2011 black bear hunting season at 9 p.m. today with hunters reporting 65 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. DNR opened the season Monday, October 24 in Garrett and Allegany counties.

Fall Turkey Season Opens In Western Maryland

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will open the State’s fall turkey season from October 29 to November 5, 2011. Maryland only permits fall turkey hunting in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey per hunter.

“The turkey population in the fall hunting counties remains strong and hunters should find plenty of birds if they know where to look,” said DNR Wild Turkey Biologist, Bob Long. “Experienced hunters know that scouting and locating flocks can be a key part of hunting turkeys in the fall.”

Maryland DNR to Hold Public Meetings on Sustainable Forestry

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sustainable Forestry Council will hold public interest meetings to discuss the No Net Loss Proposal on October 18 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and November 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the C-1 Conference Room of the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis.

Maryland DNR To Open Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Station In Allegany County

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that it will establish a Surveillance Station in Allegany County where hunters may bring their white-tailed deer to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). To date, there has been one confirmed case of CWD in Maryland, found in a deer from eastern Allegany County in 2010. While current research continues to confirm that CWD is not a direct threat to humans, its long term impact on deer populations remains unclear.

Early Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens In October in Maryland

The first portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens on October 20. This is one of many deer seasons that DNR offers each year from September to January to create recreational opportunities and meet deer management goals.

Maryland DNR Reminds Motorists to Be Alert for Deer

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds citizens that deer activity will increase as they seek fall food supplies and enter their breeding season. DNR urges motorists to be alert for deer and other wildlife during this time.

2011-12 Trapping Bid Packets Now Available for Select Maryland DNR-Managed Properties on Lower Eastern Shore

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service is currently accepting bids for the 2011-2012 trapping season for Johnson Wildlife Management Area, Janes Island State Park and Hickory Point Natural Heritage Area.

Applicants may pick up bid packages at the Wellington WMA office (32733 Dublin Road, Princess Anne, Md. 21853) or at the Salisbury Regional Service Center (201 Baptist Street, Suite 22, Salisbury, Md. 21801). 

Maryland Deer Archery Hunting Season Now Open

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Marylanders that archery hunting for deer is open now through January 31, 2012. Last season hunters took a total of 27,286 deer (9,996 antlered and 17,290 antlerless) with archery equipment.

“Archery hunting is often the most practical deer management strategy for many of urban and suburban areas,” said Brian Eyler, DNR’s Deer Project Leader. “Archery hunters using both vertical bows and crossbows now account for over 25 percent of the total annual deer harvest.”

5th Virginia Infantry to Visit Fort Frederick State Park, Maryland

Fort Frederick State Park will host a special living history program featuring the 5th Virginia Infantry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 1-2.

Maryland DNR Proposes to Suspend Fishing Privileges of 60 Recreational Anglers

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has proposed to suspend the fishing privileges of 60 recreational fisherman for violating Maryland’s fisheries laws.

“These are acts that violate the public’s trust,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “These suspensions serve as a warning to any would-be violators that we take any disregard for the laws that protect our fisheries very seriously.”