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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.

Key

apublic archery range

vprovisions to hunt from a vehicle, call each area for other conditions that may apply

mManaged Hunt Permit required for DNR lands (See Licenses, Stamps and Permits)

iprovisions for hunters with mobility impairments, call each area for site conditions

ffree permit required

spublic shooting range

ddaily sign in required

ttrapping allowed by permit

Slimited Sunday hunting allowed

Allegany

Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA

1,114 acres. 301-478-2525

vtS

Dan’s Mountain WMA

9,569 acres. 301-478-2525

vtS

Green Ridge State Forest

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

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Rocky Gap State Park

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

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Warrior Mountain WMA

5,048 acres. 301-478-2525

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Anne Arundel

Sandy Point State Park

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

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Crownsville CWMA

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

f

Baltimore

Gunpowder Falls State Park

3,000 acres.

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  • 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 55 in PDF or Digital Edition 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 WMA

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

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Liberty Watershed

9,200 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 53 or online at http://dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

f

Loch Raven Watershed

1,600 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Archery hunting permit available on page 53 or online at http://dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

f

Patapsco Valley State Park

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

mvd

Prettyboy Watershed

7,380 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 53 or online at http://dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am.

f

Soldiers Delight NEA

700 acres. Deer archery hunting. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 55 of PDF or Digital Edition for application. 410-461-5005

md

Calvert

Calvert Cliffs State Park

950 acres. 301-888-1410

d

Flag Ponds Park CWMA

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

f

Hall Creek NRMA

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

fdt

Huntingtown Area of King’s Landing NRMA

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

fvidt

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 54 of PDF or Digital Edition) due by 3pm August 15, 2014. Drawing August 15, 2014. 410-673-2467, http://dnr.md.gov/forests/nursery

Bridgetown Ponds

100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Restricted Season: Nov. 22, 2014–Jan. 31, 2015. Daily sign-in required at Tuckahoe State Park. 410-820-1668

d

Idylwild WMA

3,571 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

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Merrikan Gordy Complex CFL

426 acres. 410-632-3732

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Messenger Branch Complex CFL

340 acres. 410-632-3732

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Seipp Complex CFL

30 acres. 410-632-3732

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Tuckahoe State Park

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

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Carroll

Avondale WMA

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

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Farver CWMA

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

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Hahn CWMA

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

f

Hanover Watershed CWMA

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

f

Maring CWMA

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

f

Morgan Run NEA

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

m

Patapsco Valley State Park

See Baltimore County.

Sawmill CWMA

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

f

Speigel CWMA

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

f

Woodbrook CWMA

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

f

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. vf t

Earlville WMA

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

vft

Elk Neck State Forest

3,503 acres. 410-287-5675

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Elk Neck State Park

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

fdmv

Fair Hill NRMA

5,613 acres. Deer archery hunting and raccoon hunting. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 55 of PDF or Digital Edition for application. Required parking permit. 410-398-1246

m

Grove Farm WMA

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

ft

Old Bohemia WMA

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

ft

Charles

Blossom Point CWMA

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

f

Cedar Point WMA

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

vift

Cedarville State Forest

1,100 acres. 301-743-5161

vt

Chapel Point State Park

550 acres. 301-888-1410

vd

Chapman State Park (210 Parcel)

1,305 acres. 301-743-5161

d

Chapman State Park (Mt. Aventine Parcel)

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

fv

Chicamuxen WMA

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

ft

Doncaster Demonstration Forest

1,700 acres. 301-743-5161

t

Indian Creek NRMA

680 acres. 301-743-5161

dt

Mattawoman NEA

Hunting allowed only east of Rt. 225. 301-743-5161

  • Buteaux Crossing Tract: 261 acres. d
  • Pomfret Road Tracts: 371 acres. d

Myrtle Grove WMA

2,523 acres. 301-743-5161

svt

Nanjemoy Creek WMA

217 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind sites. Boat access only. 301-743-5161

ft

Nanjemoy NRMA

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

vift

Riverside WMA

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

ft

Tayloes Neck Tract (State Forest)

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

ftd

Zekiah Swamp NEA

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

f

Dorchester

Sunday hunting is allowed for the Spring Turkey Season on Dorchester County public lands.

Baumgarthner-Southam Complex CFL

210 acres. 410-632-3732

tS

Fishing Bay WMA

29,237 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

tS

Hoernicke-Oliphant Complex CFL

368 acres. 410-632-3732

tS

Insley Complex CFL

450 acres. 410-632-3732

tS

LeCompte WMA

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

itvS

Lewis Complex CFL

1,575 acres. 410-632-3732

tS

Linkwood WMA

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

tS

Marshy Hope Complex CFL

3,355 acres. 410-632-3732

tS

Tar Bay WMA

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

Taylors Island WMA

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

tS

Frederick

Cunningham Falls State Park

4,350 acres. General Hunting. Free reservations required for mobility-imparied hunters. Free permit required for raccoon hunting and fox chasing. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-271-7574

iv

Frederick City Watershed CWMA

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

t

Heater’s Island WMA

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

t

Monocacy NRMA

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

South Mountain State Park

3,350 acres. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-791-4767

Garrett

Cunningham Swamp WMA

256 acres. 301-334-4255

tS

Deep Creek Lake State Park

1,200 acres. No firearms hunting until Oct. 16, 2014. No waterfowl hunting. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-387-5563

iv

Mt. Nebo WMA

1,860 acres. 301-334-4255

vtS

Potomac-Garrett State Forest

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

avt

Savage River State Forest

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

vst

Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA

900 acres. 301-334-4255

t

Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River

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

t

Harford

Gunpowder Falls State Park

See Baltimore County.

Rocks State Park

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

Stoney Demonstration Forest

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

f

Susquehanna State Park

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 d

Howard

Hugg-Thomas WMA

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

vft

Patapsco Valley State Park

See Baltimore County.

Patuxent River State Park

5,000 acres. 301-924-2127

Kent

Millington WMA

3,875 acres. Closed season for bobwhite quail. 410-928-3650 Free Central Region Public Hunting Permit and daily reservation required for Canada goose and spring turkey hunting. Call 410-356-9272 for info and reservations.

ivtf

Sassafras NRMA

1,000 acres. General hunting with restrictions. Migratory goose and waterfowl hunting by lottery only. mRestrictions and applications available online at: http://dnr.maryland.gov. 410-820-1668

idv

Montgomery

Cherrington CWMA (MNCPPC)

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

McKee-Beshers WMA

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

t

Patuxent River State Park

See Howard County.

Seneca Creek State Park

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

  • Managed Deer Hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 55 of PDF or Digital Edition for application. m301-924-2127
  • Schaeffer Farm: Deer shotgun hunting. mf 410-356-9272 between 7:30am and 11:30am

Strider 1 WMA

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

f

Strider 2 WMA

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

f

Prince George’s

Aquasco Farm CWMA (MNCPPC)

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

f

Bowen WMA

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

ft

Cedarville State Forest

See Charles County.

Cheltenham WMA

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

af

Milltown Landing NRMA

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

vft

National Park Service Blind Sites

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

f

Nottingham NRMA

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

fdt

Patuxent River Park/Billingsley (MNCPPC)

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

f

Rosaryville State Park

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

vf

Spice Creek NRMA

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

fdt

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 54. m Deer Firearms Season hunting by lottery. Application on page 54. m Migratory goose hunting by lottery. im Lottery applications are available online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pdfs/2014-2015wyeislandgooselottery.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 WMA

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

t

Deal Island WMA

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://dnr.maryland.gov. Application deadline is Sept. 12, 2014. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impoundment between October 1 and March 31. 410-543-8223 t

E. Mace Smith Complex CFL

1,709 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Fairmount WMA

5,054 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. t

Marumsco Complex CFL

1,087 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Janes Island State Park

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

t

Maryland Marine Properties WMA

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

t

Peters McAllen Complex CFL

683 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Pocomoke Sound WMA

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

t

South Marsh WMA

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

t

Wellington WMA

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

t

Wells Complex CFL

1,915 acres. 410-632-3732

t

St. Mary’s

Elms CWMA

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

f

Greenwell State Park

187 acres. 301-872-5688

vd

Newtowne Neck State Park

550 acres. Reservation required for goose blinds. 301-743-5161

fd

Myrtle Point CWMA Blind Sites

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

f

Point Lookout State Park
(Jacobs Tract Only)

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

d

St. Clement’s Island State Park

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

Salem Tract (State Forest)

850 acres. 301-743-5161

t

St. Inigoes State Forest

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

ft

St. Mary’s Lake

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

St. Mary’s River State Park

2,200 acres. 301-872-5688 d

Talbot

Seth Demonstration Forest CFL

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

Washington

Fort Frederick State Park

500 acres. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 55 of PDF or Digital Edition for application. 301-842-2155

m

Greenbrier State Park

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

Indian Springs WMA

6,635 acres. 301-842-2702

vtS

Prather’s Neck WMA

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

tS

Sideling Hill WMA

3,100 acres. 301-842-2702

tS

South Mountain State Park

See Frederick County.

Woodmont NRMA

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

vt

Wicomico

Athol Complex CFL

682 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Aughty Naughty Complex CFL

1,243 acres. 410-632-3732

itv

Ellis Bay WMA

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

t

Fair Meadow Complex CFL

362 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Greenhill Complex CFL

3,192 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Johnson WMA

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

t

Nanticoke River WMA

1,587 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236

t

Wetipquin WMA

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

t

Wicomico Demonstration Forest CFL

3,399 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Worcester

Assateague State Park

450 acres. Deer archery hunting only restricted to Nov. 1, 2014–Jan. 30, 2015. 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

vd

Bethards Tract CFL

33 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Buck Harbor Complex CFL

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.

i

Cordery Complex CFL

595 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Creek Complex CFL

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

t

Dunn Swamp Complex CFL

1,145 acres. 410-632-3732

t

E. A. Vaughn WMA

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

vt

Foster Complex CFL

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

Isle of Wight WMA

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

t

Johnson & Johnson Tract CFL

871 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Pocomoke River State Forest

17,772 acres. Free permit required for trapping and raccoon hunting. Limited vehicle access. 410-632-3732

vtf

Pocomoke River WMA

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

t

Selby Complex CFL

471 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Sinepuxent Islands WMA

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

t

Timmons Complex CFL

477 acres. 410-632-3732

t

Whitesburg Complex CFL

300 acres. 410-632-3732

t

 

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