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DNR Announces 2009-2010 Deer Hunting Dates At Wye Island NRMA

Queenstown, Md. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Maryland Park Service announced today the 2009-2010 dates for archery and firearms deer hunts at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA). As in the past, all hunts will be by permit only.

The dates for this season’s archery hunts are September 15 to October 21; October 25 to November 27; December 14 to 18; January 4 to 7, 2010; and January 11 to 31, 2010. Hunting is allowed Monday through Saturday only. Archery hunting is prohibited during the muzzleloader and firearms season.

Hunting is limited to 25 archery deer hunters per day and all hunters must sign in and out using the self-registration system at the Wye Island check-in station. All deer harvested at Wye Island as part of the archery hunt will be considered part of the daily and season bag limit for archery in Region B. All deer harvested must be checked in through the Maryland Big Game Registration system either online at www.gamecheck.dnr.state.md.us or by phone at 1-888-800-0121. All pertinent laws and regulations apply. Consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2009-2010 for details.

During the Late Archery Season (January 5 to 31, 2010), bow hunting areas will be limited due to the overlap with the Canada Goose Season. Lottery hunts for AP Canada Geese will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from sunrise to 1 p.m. Hunters should check the hunting map upon arrival at Wye Island NRMA.

Wye Island NRMA’s Muzzleloader Deer hunt is by lottery permit only and will be held October 22 to 24, 2009. Please note that the lottery dates posted in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2009-2010 are incorrect. Please use the dates noted above. This hunt is open to all eligible hunters. Muzzleloader applications for the October hunt must postmarked on or before September 11, 2009, and permits will be selected by random drawing on September 16, 2009 at 2 p.m. One application per hunter with a maximum of three applications per group hunt (please staple all group applications together).

The December Firearms hunt will be held during the second week of the Deer Firearm Season, December 7 to 12, 2009. This hunt is open to all eligible hunters. Firearm applications for the December hunt must be postmarked on or before October 23, 2009, and permits will be selected by random drawing on October 30, 2009 at 2 p.m. One application per hunter with a maximum of three applications per group hunt (please staple all group applications together).

Successful applicants will be required to have Managed Hunt Permit (MHP). Visit the DNR website at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/managed_hunt_permit.asp and the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2009-2010 for details.

Interested hunters must file separate applications for the October and December deer hunts.

Applications are available in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2009-2010, or to receive an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown, MD 21658. Applications can also be downloaded from DNR’s website at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/manhuntapps.asp

All deer harvested at Wye Island NRMA will be considered part of the daily and season bag limits. All pertinent laws and regulations apply. All deer harvested during these hunts will be checked in utilizing the new online or telephone call-in procedures established by the Maryland DNR. Consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2009-2010 for details or on online at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/check_instruct.asp

For more information or details, contact Wye Island NRMA at (410) 827-7577.


   August 31, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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