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DNR Announces Canada Goose Hunting Dates At Wye Island NRMA

WYE ISLAND, MD (September 22, 2003) — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Forest and Park Service today announced the dates for waterfowl hunting for migratory Atlantic Population (AP) Canada geese at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA). As in the past, all hunting is by permit only.

This year’s dates for migratory AP Canada goose hunts are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Dec. 18, 2003, through Jan. 24, 2004. The Thursdays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 are excluded. All goose hunting permits will be issued using a lottery drawing. Goose hunting applications must be received at Wye Island by the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Oct. 24.

Permits will be selected by lottery on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. Results of the drawing will not be available by telephone. To receive an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown, MD 21658. Also, applications can be downloaded from the DNR website at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/wyenrmapermit.html. Only one application per hunter may be submitted.

A $5 non-refundable service charge must accompany each goose hunt application. Send a $5 check or money order, the application, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown, MD 21658.

Hunting hours are ½ hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. The check-in station opens at 5:30 a.m. Check-in must occur by 7 a.m. A goose pit will be assigned at the check-in station; hunting is allowed only from the pit assigned. After 7 a.m., a pit may be reassigned by lottery. Hunters must check out at the check-in station by 2 p.m. Canada geese harvested at Wye Island are considered part of the daily and season bag limit. Consult the Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland 2003-2004 for details. Each hunting party is limited to four hunters.

Hunters are asked to park only in the designated areas, which will be posted. The permit must be displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard in open view and is valid for one day only. Weather and ground conditions may dictate that hunters walk and haul all gear to the blind or pit. Hand drawn carts, wheelbarrows, and skid sleds are permissible. Each hunter will be limited to 15 shotgun shells; only steel shot is allowed. Refer to the Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland for pertinent laws and regulations. The guide is supplied when a hunting license is issued. It is also available at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/index.html.

For more information, call Wye Island NRMA at 410-827-7577 (M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Recently, a handicapped-accessible waterfowl blind was donated to DNR’s Wye Island NRMA through a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project. The new blind, which meets the specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, expands services offered to persons with mobility impairments. To use this blind during the 2003 Canada goose season, a waterfowl hunter with a mobility impairment may call Wye Island NRMA at 410-827-7577 to make a reservation. Reservations will be accepted for the migratory AP Canada goose hunts only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Dec. 18 through Jan. 24, 2004. The Thursdays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 are excluded.

For more information about hunting opportunities for persons with mobility impairments, see DNR’s website at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/accessforall.

 

 

 

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