Previously the MDWFA had sent out an email hoping to gain access to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to hunt waterfowl for the third split of the 2008-09 season. I am happy to announce that on a limited basis we have been successful in opening some of the islands to hunt waterfowl. Next year we hope to further negotiate some public access on Blackwater in areas on the northern end of the refuge. We continue to monitor opportunities to hunt waterfowl here in Maryland and thank each and everyone of you for your continued support! Here is the Blackwater news release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 19, 2008
INFORMATION: Maggie Briggs
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Initiates Waterfowl Hunt
The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
(NWR) that was completed in 2006 identified two new hunting opportunities for the refuge. These include a waterfowl hunt and a spring turkey hunt.
These two hunts have completed the required planning process and were approved through the Federal Register in late August.
Full implementation of the waterfowl hunt will be difficult for the
2008-2009 hunting season due to the timing of the approval process. Refuge Manager Baird is working closely with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Waterfowler's Association to provide some opportunity for waterfowl hunting this year. Information regarding the Spring Turkey Hunt will be released at a later date.
For the first year of the refuge waterfowl hunt program, hunting
will be limited to sites on Barren Island, Spring Island, and the Bishopshead Division. A Refuge Waterfowl Hunt Permit will be required by all hunters.
Hunting will be by boat access only and on a first come, first serve basis.
Each island/division will have 2 sites. A party of up to four individuals
will be allowed at each site. Hunters must remain within 50 yards of the
GPS coordinate of the site. They can hunt from a temporary blind or from a boat directly adjacent to shore.
This year it will only be a half season, non-transferable pass for $15 per person. Beginning December 1, 2008, permits can be purchased at the refuge Visitor Center on Key Wallace Drive between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on week days and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends.
All hunting will follow Maryland State regulations and bag limits. In addition to a refuge waterfowl hunting permit, a hunter must be in possession of a valid Maryland State waterfowl hunting license, Federal Duck Stamp, Maryland State Duck Stamp, and photo identification. The hunt season will be Wednesdays and Saturdays during December 16, 2008 – January 24, 2009 and includes New Years Day January 1, 2009 and Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2009. If you have any further questions, please call 410-228-5018.
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Visitor Services Manager
Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-6124 ext. 21
410-228-2677 ext. 21