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Message from the Director

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Director of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service


The 2013-14 hunting and trapping seasons look to be some of the best yet for Marylanders and our out-of-state guests. New Sunday hunting, junior hunting and public hunting opportunities await as you head afield.

In fact, we have added nearly 20,000 acres of public land to DNR’s land management responsibilities in the past several years. A remarkable figure given the fiscal climate and extraordinary time and effort that goes into identifying, acquiring, surveying and managing all of those acres. Over the years I have had the great fortune to publicly recognize the men and women in your Wildlife and Heritage Service who are responsible for making those hunting and trapping opportunities available in Maryland.

I would like to use this year’s space to thank the many other DNR employees who work behind the scenes to make those public land opportunities happen. Program Open Space is Maryland’s preeminent public land acquisition tool. Established in 1969, Program Open Space is the funding mechanism behind nearly all of Maryland’s modern public land acquisitions.

The people who turn that fund into new outdoor recreational opportunities are owed a debt of gratitude from Maryland’s hunters and trappers. It is the Land Acquisition and Planning team at DNR who ensures the funding is used to acquire those lands best suited for ecological protection and recreational opportunities, especially hunting and trapping.

The Land Acquisition and Planning team is joined by many men and women at DNR who oversee the development, maintenance and management of the approximately 500,000 acres of public hunting land in Maryland. Included are the State Forest and State Park staff who oversee thousands of acres of parks and forests open to hunting; the engineering and construction team, who help survey, design and build the infrastructure on these areas; and the Natural Resources Police who patrol those public lands against poaching and other illegal activities.

Finally, a personal thanks to the staff of our Licensing and Registration Service offices who field thousands of inquiries every year about our public hunting opportunities; and special thanks to the DNR Office of Communications and the Information Technology team without whom we would not be able to communicate those opportunities through our website, social media and press releases.

DNR is a dedicated and extraordinary team. The effort behind the scenes of the public hunting opportunities in Maryland is one example of how effective that team can be and I thought it appropriate to share it with you and encourage you take the time to visit one of the many public hunting areas in Maryland.

As always, hunt safe and enjoy your time in the field!


Paul A. Peditto,

Director of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service

Regulations in red are new this year.

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