New Maryland WMA Opens Jan. 16

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service will open Prather's Neck Wildlife Management Area in southern Washington County on January 16.

"The property offers excellent hunting and wildlife-associated recreation," said Karina Blizzard, Associate Director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Since the purchase of the 204-acre parcel in 2006 with Program Open Space Funds, a parking lot designed to hold ten vehicles has been installed to accommodate hunters. Parking will be restricted to this single parking lot on a first come basis.

Prather's Neck Wildlife Management Area may be accessed by traveling south on Route 56 from Clear Spring, turning left onto Four Locks Road and then continuing onto Ankeney Lane. Ankeney Lane ends at the designated hunter parking lot. For more information contact The Wildlife and Heritage Service, Indian Springs Work Center at 301-842-2702.

Hunters are reminded that the public land code for checking deer and turkey in for Prather's Neck is 269. For more information on seasons and bag limits, visit