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Public hunting lands include Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), State Parks, State Forests including Chesapeake Forest Lands (CFLs), Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas (CWMAs), Natural Environment Areas (NEAs), Natural Resources Management Areas (NRMAs), and Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (MNCPPC) managed lands, and other federal, state, county, and municipal properties that allow hunting.

The following list contains information about those public hunting lands managed by DNR. Hunting and trapping of game species as they are found on these public hunting lands managed by DNR is permitted in accordance with State and federal laws and the restrictions for each area. Stands and blinds are limited to those of a temporary nature which must be removed at the end of each day. No target shooting is permitted except at public shooting ranges. The use of hunting dogs by a licensed person in designated hunting areas for legal species is permitted. Possession or use of weapons is prohibited in State Forests outside of regular open hunting seasons. On Chesapeake Forest Lands an individual may not hunt within 150 yards of an occupied building or camp and within 150 feet of any exterior Chesapeake Forest Lands boundary. Please check the Chesapeake Forest website for complete listing of public hunting on CFLs and updated maps. Call to check on rules or conditions for each location. Maps of WMAs, State Forests, CFLs, and State Parks are available on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website at: http://dnr.maryland.gov under Parks, Wildlife, or Trees. A consolidated listing of areas for hunters with mobility impairments can be found here.

Hunters should contact the appropriate managing authority for information on public hunting opportunities not listed here, such as on National Wildlife Refuges, military installations, or other government-owned properties.

Allegany

Billmeyer-Belle
Grove WMAvtS

1,114 acres. 301-478-2525

Dan’s Mountain WMAvtS

9,672 acres. 301-478-2525

Green Ridge
State ForestvtsS

46,657 acres. Free permit required for trapping, call 301-478-2525. 301-478-3124

Rocky Gap State Parkv

1,451 acres (general hunting), 300 acres (archery only). Special provisions to assist mobility-impaired hunters during the deer firearms season (free permit required). Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-722-1480

Warrior Mountain WMAtS

5,048 acres. 301-478-2525

Anne Arundel

Sandy Point State Parkf

Waterfowl hunting at designated sites during the third split of the waterfowl season only. Boat access only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Crownsville CWMAf

550 acres. Deer hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Baltimore

Gunpowder Falls State Parka

3,000 acres.

  • Hammerman, Hart-Miller Island, Days Cove and North Point Areas: Waterfowl blinds by lottery and/or by daily reservation. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am. mf
  • Sweet Air Area: Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 53 for application. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am or 410-592-2897. m
  • Hereford Area: Deer archery hunting only. 410-329-6809. md

Gwynnbrook WMAf

35 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Liberty Watershedf

9,200 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 51 or online at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/images/LPN_Application_Form.jpg. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

Loch Raven Watershedf

1,600 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Archery hunting permit available on page 51 or online at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/images/LPN_Application_Form.jpg. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

Patapsco Valley
State Parkmvd

3,895 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-461-5005

Prettyboy Watershedf

7,380 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 51 or online at http://dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

Soldiers Delight NEAmf

700 acres.

Deer hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 53 for application. 410-461-5005

Calvert

Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm CWMAf

175 acres. Deer and turkey hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Calvert Cliffs State Parkd

950 acres. 301-743-7613 or 301-888-1410

Flag Ponds Park CWMAf

100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Opens to hunting the Monday before the late Muzzleloader Season split. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Hall Creek NRMAfdt

275 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind. 301-743-5161

Huntingtown Area of
King’s Landing
NRMAfvidt

960 acres. Hunting within King’s Landing NRMA is allowed only in the Huntingtown Area which is north of Cocktown Creek. Hunting is not permitted in the Calvert County managed King’s Landing Park. Reservation required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161

Caroline

Ayton Tree Nursery

5 acres. Dove hunting by lottery only. Limited to youth age 15 and under with unarmed licensed adult. Limited to 4 junior hunters per day. Application (see page 52) due by 3pm August 14, 2015. Drawing August 14, 2015. 410-673-2467, http://dnr2.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/nursery.aspx

Bridgetown Pondsd

100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Restricted Season: Nov. 21, 2015- Jan. 30, 2016. Daily sign-in required at Tuckahoe State Park. 410-820-1668

Idylwild WMAvt

3,577 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

Merrikan Gordy Complex CFLt

426 acres. 410-632-3732

Messenger Branch Complex CFLt

340 acres. 410-632-3732

Seipp Complex CFLt

30 acres. 410-632-3732

Tuckahoe State Parkavd

1,000 acres. General Hunting. Migratory goose hunting by lottery. m Applications available online at: http://dnr.maryland.gov
410-820-1668

Carroll

Avondale WMAft

180 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Hahn CWMAf

25 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Hanover Watershed CWMAf

337 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Maring CWMAf

237 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Morgan Run NEAm

1,300 acres. Deer archery and muzzleloader hunting only. 410-461-5005

Patapsco Valley State Park

See Baltimore County.

Sawmill CWMAf

600 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Speigel CWMAf

250 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Woodbrook CWMAf

522 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Cecil

C & D Canal Lands

410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

  • Bethel: 400 acres. Archery hunting only for deer. ft
  • Courthouse Point: 315 acres. Archery hunting only for deer. vft
  • Elk Forest: 242 acres. ft
  • Grove Neck: Waterfowl only from two blind sites on the Sassafras River. No on site boat access available. f
  • Stemmers Run: 750 acres. Boat access restricted to waterfowl hunting only. vft
  • Welch Point: 77 acres.
    vft

Earlville WMAvft

195 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Elk Neck State Forestvs

3,690 acres. 410-287-5675

Elk Neck
State Parkfdmv

415 acres. For deer—410-287-5333. For waterfowl blinds by daily reservation­—410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

Fair Hill NRMAm

5,613 acres. Deer archery hunting and raccoon hunting. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 53 for application. Required parking permit. 410-398-1246

Grove Farm WMAft

744 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Old Bohemia WMAft

975 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Charles

Blossom Point CWMAf

Waterfowl blind sites. Boat access only. Reservations required. 301-743-5161

Cedar Point WMAvift

1,920 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds/blind sites. 301-743-5161

Cedarville State Forestvt

1,100 acres. 301-743-5161

Chapel Point State Parkvd

550 acres. 301-743-7613 or 301-888-1410

Chapman State Park
(Mt. Aventine Parcel)fv

875 acres. Deer and waterfowl only. Reservations required. 301-743-5161

Chicamuxen WMAft

381 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161

Doncaster Demonstration Forestt

1,700 acres. 301-743-5161

Indian Creek NRMAdt

680 acres. 301-743-5161

Myrtle Grove WMAsvt

(includes tract formerly known as “Chapman State Park, Rt. 210 Parcel”)

4,460 acres. 301-743-5161

Nanjemoy Creek WMAft

224 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161

Nanjemoy WMAvift

1,806 acres (general hunting), 140 acres (archery only). Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161

Riverside WMA ft

394 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blinds and blind sites. 301-743-5161

Tayloes Neck Tract
(State Forest)ftd

300 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161

Zekiah Swamp NEAf

Waterfowl blind sites. Boat access only. Reservations required. 301-743-5161

Dorchester

Sunday hunting on Dorchester County public lands is only open for spring turkey hunting.

Baumgarthner-Southam
Complex CFLtS

210 acres. 410-632-3732

Fishing Bay WMAtS

30,016 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

Hoernicke-Oliphant
Complex CFLtS

368 acres. 410-632-3732

Insley Complex CFL tS

450 acres. 410-632-3732

LeCompte WMAitvS

485 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. No squirrel hunting. Waterfowl hunting for the mobility-impaired with permit required. 410-376-3236

Lewis Complex CFLtS

1,575 acres. 410-632-3732

Linkwood WMAtS

313 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

Marshy Hope Complex CFLtS

3,355 acres. 410-632-3732

Nanticoke WMA

See Wicomico County.

Tar Bay WMA

12 acres. Waterfowl (water access only). 410-376-3236

Taylors Island WMAtS

1,114 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Primarily boat access. 410-376-3236

Frederick

Cunningham Falls
State Parkiv

4,400 acres. General Hunting. Limited free reservations for limited mobility hunters (call number below). Free permit required for raccoon hunting and fox chasing. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-271-7574

Frederick City Watershed CWMAt

7,300 acres. Free permit required to hunt furbearers at night. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-842-2702

Gravel Hill Swamp WMA

65 acres. Archery hunting only. 301-842-2702 Use public land code 280.

Heater’s Island WMAt

194 acres. Boat access only. 301-842-2702

Monocacy NRMA

1,800 acres. Hunting permitted Monday–Saturday. 301-924-2127

Ridenour Swamp WMA

82 acres. Archery hunting only. 301-842-2702. Use public land code 280.

South Mountain State Park

1,115 acres. Open on designated state owned property; call for areas. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-791-4767

Garrett

Cunningham Swamp WMAtS

256 acres. 301-334-4255

Deep Creek Lake State Parkiv

1,200 acres. No firearms hunting until Oct. 15, 2015. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-387-5563

Mt. Nebo WMAvtS

1,860 acres. 301-334-4255

Potomac-Garrett
State ForestavtS

18,535 acres. For trapping permit call 301-334-4255. 301-334-2038

Savage River
State ForestvstS

54,935 acres. For trapping permit call 301-334-4255. 301-895-5759

Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA
t

900 acres. 301-334-4255

Youghiogheny Scenic Wild Rivert

1200 acres. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-387-5563

Harford

Gunpowder Falls State Park

See Baltimore County.

Rocks State Park

120 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-557-7994

Stoney Demonstration Forestf

318 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

Susquehanna State Parkd

880 acres. Deer archery hunting only. m 410-557-7994. Waterfowl blinds by daily reservation. mf 410-356-9272 between 7:30am and 11:30am

Howard

Hugg-Thomas WMAvft

276 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Patapsco Valley State Park

See Baltimore County.

Patuxent River State Park

5,000 acres. 301-924-2127

Kent

Millington WMAivtfd

3,921 acres. General hunting with daily sign-in. Closed season for bobwhite quail. Free Central Region Public Hunting Permit and reservation required for spring turkey hunting and waterfowl blinds during migratory Canada goose season. 410-928-3650

Sassafras NRMAidv

1,000 acres. General hunting with restrictions. Migratory goose and waterfowl hunting by lottery only. mRestrictions and applications available online at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/pdfs/sass_goose.pdf. 410-820-1668

Montgomery

Cherrington CWMA (MNCPPC)

275 acres. Deer hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Islands of the Potomac WMAt

Boat access only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am-11:30am

  • Mason Island: 274 acres
  • Oxley Island: 35 acres
  • Maddox Island: 169 acres

McKee-Beshers WMAt

1,960 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Patuxent River State Park

See Howard County.

Seneca Creek State Parkm

1,000 acres for general hunting and 2,000 acres for deer archery hunting only.

  • Managed Deer Hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 53 for application. m 301-924-2127
  • Schaeffer Farm: Deer shotgun hunting. mf 410-356-9272 between 7:30am and 11:30am

Strider 1 WMAf

100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Strider 2 WMAf

70 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am

Prince George’s

Aquasco Farm CWMA (MNCPPC)f

150 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Bowen WMAft

300 acres. Waterfowl and rail hunting only. Reservations required. Boat access only. 301-743-5161

Cedarville State Forest

See Charles County.

Cheltenham WMAaf

15 acres. Dove and deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Gardner Road Park CWMAf

120 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Milltown Landing NRMAvft

250 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161

National Park Service Blind Sitesf

Reservation required. Boat access only. 301-743-5161

Nottingham NRMAfdt

329 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161

Patuxent River Park/
Billingsley (MNCPPC)vfd

400 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Rosaryville State Parkvf

460 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Spice Creek NRMAfdt

230 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind site. 301-743-5161

Queen Anne’s

Tuckahoe State Park

See Caroline County.

Wye Island NRMA

2,500 acres. Deer archery Season hunting limited to 25 hunters per day. d Deer muzzleloader hunting by lottery. Application on page 52. m Deer Firearms Season hunting by lottery. Application on page 52. m Migratory goose hunting by lottery. im Lottery applications are available online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pdfs/2015-2016wyeislandgooselottery.pdf by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Rd., Queenstown, MD 21658. 410-827-7577. Hunters are required to submit a copy of their current Maryland Hunting License along with their permit application.

Somerset

Cedar Island WMAt

3,081 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-543-8223

Deal Island WMAt

13,565 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Impoundment area open to hunting during: Junior Waterfowl Hunt (for persons aged 15 or younger); October duck season on opening day and any Saturday; November duck season on opening day, Saturdays and Thanksgiving; December/January duck season on opening day, Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day. The impoundment will be closed to hunting on all other days. Lottery permit required for opening day of each duck season segment. Lottery application available online at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/pdfs/Impoundment_Notice_Permit.pdf. Application deadline is Sept. 11, 2015. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impoundment between October 1 and March 31. 410-543-8223

E. Mace Smith Complex CFLt

1,709 acres. 410-632-3732

Fairmount WMAt

5,224 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Impoundment areas open to hunting during: early teal season, Junior Waterfowl Hunt (for persons aged 15 and younger); October duck season on opening day and any Saturday; November duck season on opening day, Saturdays and Thanksgiving; December/January duck season on opening day, Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day. The impoundments will be closed to hunting all other days. Lottery permit required for opening day of each duck season segment. See lottery information above for Deal Island WMA. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impoundments between October 1 and March 31. 410-543-8223.

Marumsco Complex CFLt

1,087 acres. 410-632-3732

Janes Island State Parkt

3,147 acres. Waterfowl hunting only. Trapping permits issued through bid process. Trapping Permits: 410-543-8223. Park information: 410-968-1565

Maryland Marine Properties WMAt

1,030 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-543-8223

Peters McAllen Complex CFL

683 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Pocomoke Sound WMAt

922 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-543-8223

South Marsh WMAt

2,969 acres. Furbearers trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-543-8223

Wellington WMAt

429 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-543-8223

Wells Complex CFLt

1,915 acres. 410-632-3732

St. Mary’s

Elms CWMAf

545 acres. Reservation required. Environmental education on adjacent site. 301-743-5161

Greenwell State Parkvd

187 acres. 301-872-5688

Historic St. Mary’s City CWMAf

175 acres. Deer only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161

Newtowne Neck State Parkfd

500 acres. Permit and reservation required for all hunting except for off-shore waterfowl zones. 301-743-5161.

Myrtle Point CWMA Blind Sitesf

Waterfowl hunting in the third split of the season only. Reservation required. Boat access only. 301-743-5161

Point Lookout State Park
(Jacobs Tract Only)d

240 acres. Deer archery hunting only during the early muzzleloader season. Waterfowl hunting at designated sites. 301-872-5688

St. Clement’s Island State Park

63 acres. Rabbit and waterfowl hunting only. Accessible only by boat. 301-872-5688

Salem Tract (State Forest)t

850 acres. 301-743-5161

St. Inigoes State Forestft

600 acres. Permit and reservation required at all times. 301-743-5161

St. Mary’s Lakef

Waterfowl hunting at designated sites only. Boat access only (No gas motors). Reservation required. 301-743-5161

St. Mary’s River State Parkd

2,200 acres. 301-872-5688

Talbot

Seth Demonstration Forest CFL

122 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-632-3732

Washington

Fort Frederick State Parkm

500 acres. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 53 for application. 301-842-2155

Greenbrier State Park

500 acres. Free permit required for raccoon hunting and fox chasing. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-791-4767

Indian Springs WMAvtS

6,635 acres. 301-842-2702

Prather’s Neck WMAtS

205 acres (general hunting), 10 acres (archery hunting only). 301-842-2702

Sideling Hill WMAtS

3,100 acres. 301-842-2702

South Mountain State Park

2,885 acres. Open on designated state owned property; call for areas. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-791-4767

Woodmont NRMAvt

2,400 acres. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. For free trapping permit call 301-842-2702. 301-842-2155

Wicomico

Athol Complex CFLt

682 acres. 410-632-3732

Aughty Naughty
Complex CFLitv

1,243 acres. 410-632-3732

Ellis Bay WMAt

3,208 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

Fair Meadow Complex CFLt

362 acres. 410-632-3732

Greenhill Complex CFLt

3,192 acres. 410-632-3732

Johnson WMAt

153 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Deer hunting with bow only. 410-543-8223

Nanticoke River WMA

410-376-3236

  • Calloway Wharf (Dor.) 55 acres. Water access only. S
  • Lower Marshyhope Swamp (Dor.) 415 acres. Water access only. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. tS
  • Sharptown Dunes (Wic.) 198 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. t
  • Nutter’s Neck (Wic.) 1,587 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. t

Wetipquin WMAt

100 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

Wicomico Demonstration
Forest CFLt

3,399 acres. 410-632-3732

Worcester

Assateague State Parkvd

450 acres. Deer archery hunting only restricted to Oct. 30, 2015–Jan. 30, 2016. Self sign in required at Pump House #1. Limit of 10 hunters per day plus 2 hunters with a Universal Disability Pass to hunt from a vehicle. 410-641-2120

Bethards Tract CFLt

33 acres. 410-632-3732

Buck Harbor Complex CFLi

315 acres located off Stevens Roads. The National Wild Turkey Federation provides assistance for handicap hunters who are restricted to a wheelchair on this area. For more information contact Larry Beauchamp at 443-614-3879.

Cordery Complex CFLt

595 acres. 410-632-3732

Creek Complex CFLt

868 acres. This complex is comprised of the Creek, Chatham, and Tankard Farm tracts. 410-632-3732

Dunn Swamp Complex CFLt

1,145 acres. 410-632-3732

E. A. Vaughn WMAvt

2,630 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Caution squirrel hunters: endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel may not be hunted. 410-543-8223

Foster Complex CFL

4,814 acres located off Route 12/Snow Hill Road. 410-632-3732

Isle of Wight WMAt

224 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Area south of Rt. 90 closed to hunting. 410-543-8223

Johnson & Johnson Tract CFLt

871 acres. 410-632-3732

Pocomoke River
State Forestvtf

17,790 acres. Free permit required for trapping and raccoon hunting. Limited vehicle access. 410-632-3732

Pocomoke River WMAt

1,008 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-543-8223

Selby Complex CFLt

471 acres. 410-632-3732

Sinepuxent Islands WMA

25 acres. Boat access only. 410-543-8223

Timmons Complex CFLt

477 acres. 410-632-3732

Whitesburg Complex CFLt

300 acres. 410-632-3732

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