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Message from the Governor & Secretary


We are pleased to introduce Maryland’s 2015-2016 Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

Hunting, trapping, and a commitment to conservation are an important part of our state’s outdoor heritage and culture. Maryland is home to generations of dedicated outdoorsmen and women and conservationists who remain committed to the protection and study of all wildlife, including our rarest species.

To ensure future generations carry on this legacy, we are developing exciting new programs to expand access to sustainable hunting opportunities across Maryland’s unique landscape. We will also continue to use sound science to guide the management and conservation of our wildlife resources.

Whether hunting on land or on water, safety is always the most important part of being afield. Practicing tree-stand safety, wearing blaze orange, and knowing the locations of everyone in your party are long-proven to save lives in our forests and fields.

This year, to spread the safety message for those hunting on the water, after 20 years on the job, the Maryland Natural Resources Police boating safety mascot, PFD Panda, is making way for a new messenger, Splash the Water Safety Dog. Please keep water safety top of mind, whether you’re hunting — or just out having fun — on the water.

Here’s to a safe and successful hunting season!

Larry Hogan,

Governor of Maryland

Mark Belton,

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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