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.
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
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