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DNR Announces New Hunting Opportunities
ANNAPOLIS --In an ongoing effort to offer additional hunting opportunities in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service (WHS) today announced two new waterfowl hunting sites in Charles County and a change in the available waterfowl hunting areas statewide.
The two new blind sites are located in Charles County in Zekiah Swamp NEA on Allen’s Fresh Run. These sites are available by permit and reservation only. For more information or to reserve a site call Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area at 301-743-5161.

The WHS also announced that waterfowl hunters can now hunt from a boat at anchor or while standing on the natural bottom in public waters adjacent to certain lands owned and managed by DNR.

“This change opens the waters adjacent to many miles of state-owned shoreline formerly closed to waterfowl hunting,” said Paul A. Peditto, WHS Director. “We are pleased to offer hunters the chance to hunt diving ducks and other species in an open-water setting.”

No special permits are required to hunt waterfowl offshore of the state-owned properties listed below. However, there are some specific regulations that hunters must follow:

Individuals must hunt from a boat at anchor or while standing on the natural bottom;
Hunters must be at least 250 yards from the property line of any landowners adjoining the state-owned properties or 250 yards from where that line would be if it were extended perpendicular from the shoreline out into the water;
Hunters must be not more than one-third the distance from the state-owned property to the opposite shore or a maximum of 300 yards offshore from the state-owned property, whichever is less;
Hunters must remain at least 250 yards from any licensed stationary blind or blind site or another person or party hunting wild waterfowl; and
Hunters must remain at least 125 yards from any licensed shoreline on the opposite shore. A person may not guide hunting parties for economic gain on the waters adjacent to these areas.
The public waters adjacent to the following areas or sections of areas are now open:

E. A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area
The portion of Deal Island Wildlife Management Area located north of Maryland Route 363
The portion of Fairmount Wildlife Management Area known as Hazard Island and the portion located north of Maryland Route 361
Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area
Isle of Wight Wildlife Management Area
Maryland Marine Properties Wildlife Management Area
Nanticoke River Wildlife Management Area
Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area
South Marsh Island Wildlife Management Area
Taylor’s Island Wildlife Management Area
Chesapeake Forest Lands Lewis Complex
Chesapeake Forest Lands Tom Tyler Complex
Monocacy Natural Resource Management Area
Janes Island State Park (excluding safety zone along Daugherty Creek Canal)
Maps and area descriptions of these and other state-owned lands are available on DNR’s website at or call 410-260-8540.

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