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Canada Goose Hunting Dates Established for Tuckahoe State Park Complex

All applications due by October 23

Annapolis, Md. (September 7, 2012) ─  With the recent approval of the late Maryland waterfowl seasons and bag limits, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) finalized the dates for hunting migratory Canada geese for the facilities of the Tuckahoe State Park Complex. This area includes Tuckahoe State Park, Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area (NRMA) and Wye Island NRMA. All migratory goose hunting will be by permit only, which can only be obtained through the lottery drawing.

Tuckahoe State Park/Sassafras NRMA: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, from November 17-22, 2012 and from December 11, 2012 - January 29, 2013 (excluding January 5 at Sassafras NRMA due to overlap with late deer firearms season

Hunters may obtain an application online at dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/eastern/tuckahoe.asp or by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tuckahoe State Park (address below). Only one application per hunter is permitted.

Completed applications should be mailed along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Tuckahoe State Park, 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657.

Wye Island NRMA: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, from December 11, 2012 - January 29, 2013.

Hunters may obtain an application online dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp or by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA (address below). Only one application per hunter is permitted.

Completed applications should be mailed along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown, MD 21658.

Applications for all areas must be received by 4:30 p.m. on October 19, 2012. Permits will be selected by random drawing on October 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. Permit recipients will be notified of their hunting date and pit/blind location by mail; results of the drawing will not be given out over the telephone.

Hunters at each of the three facilities must hunt from their assigned pit/blind only. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. at Wye Island and Sassafras NRMAs, and from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset at Tuckahoe.

Canada geese, snow geese and other waterfowl harvested will be considered part of the daily and season bag limit. Hunters should consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2012-2013 for details. Hunting parties are limited to four people. All members of the party must possess a valid hunting license as well as a Managed Hunt Permit.

Driving and parking is permitted in designated areas only, which will be posted. Hunting permits must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. Visitors must keep vehicles on designated roadways. Handcarts and sleds are permissible to haul gear to pit/blind.

More information about goose hunting in Tuckahoe and/or Sassafras is available by calling 410-820-1668, and Wye Island NRMA at 410-827-7577 during regular business hours.


   September 7, 2012

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

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