OAKLAND — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that it is continuing the Canada goose hunt on Deep Creek Lake and waterfowl hunt at Broadford Lake.
Canada goose and waterfowl hunting is by permit and reservation only during select days of the season (Nov. 20-22). Interested hunters can apply for a permit online.
Hunters can apply to hunt one of three blind sites on Deep Creek Lake and one of four blind sites on Broadford Lake. Hunters must be within 50 feet of the stake or buoy marking the designated blind site except for the purpose of retrieving game.
For more information, one can call 301-743-5161 or 301-334-4255.
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Hunters can apply 24/7 at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) COMPASS Online Licensing and Registration Service. To apply online, visit: https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal.
To apply for the Black Bear Hunting Permit Lottery, you must either log in to your existing COMPASS account or create a new COMPASS account. Once logged in, choose ‘Purchase New License’ and select ‘2013 Black Bear Lottery’. Applicants not wishing to participate in the 2013 Black Bear Hunt may purchase a ‘Preference Point only’ that will then be applied to next year’s lottery drawing. For more information about the Preference Point system, visit: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_PreferencePoints.asp.
Hunters may also apply via telephone at 1-855-855-3906 between 7am and 7pm, or by visiting a DNR Service Center, or at one of over 250 Sport License Agents located across the state.
Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.
Del. Wendell Beitzel has withdrawn House Bill 990, “Garrett County – Deer Hunting – Three-Point Rule,” from further consideration by the Maryland General Assembly. The bill was requested by the Garrett County Chapter of Quality Deer Management (QDM) and other local hunting enthusiasts.
The bill proposes to require a three-point restriction on the main beam on one side exclusive of the brow tine, just for Garrett County.
Beitzel said the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expressed concerns about the bill’s restriction on the age and size of antlered deer that hunters could harvest during regulated deer seasons. The delegate said he agreed to withdraw the bill following discussions with the Garrett QDM chapter and after receiving assurances from DNR wildlife manager Paul Peditto that the agency would work with all stakeholders to consider this issue.
“I agree that this matter should be addressed by DNR and consideration should be given to all of the stakeholders, including landowners, to determine if an antlered point restriction can produce better hunting practices,” said Beitzel. “Therefore, I have decided to withdraw the bill.”
He also asked DNR to work with the Allegany-Garrett County Sportsmen’s Association, QMD, other sportsmen’s groups, hunters, landowners, and other stakeholders to develop consensus on this issue. Should DNR fail to follow up on its promise, Beitzel indicated he would consider a legislative solution during a future session of the Maryland General Assembly.