Proposed Wildlife Regulations

This is a summary of regulation proposals submitted by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. Consult the Maryland Register, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), and the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland for full legal text.

Wildlife and Heritage Service welcomes public comment on proposed regulations. However, only comments provided during the official public comment period specified in the appropriate Maryland Register announcement become part of the official regulatory record. The official public comment period is 30 days after publication of the proposed regulation in the Maryland Register. Receiving comments on the proposal provides the Department with invaluable information and perspectives on the views of the public regarding the proposed regulation that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. The Maryland Register notice will provide contact information where all official public comments may be sent.

Interpreting proposed regulations requires some understanding of the convention for reading proposed regulation changes as developed by the Department of State Documents. The convention is as follows:

  • Roman type indicates existing text of the regulation.
  • Italic type indicates proposed new text.
  • [Single brackets] indicate text proposed for deletion.
  • (text unchanged) indicates none of the text for that section is proposed to be changed.

2019 Regulation Proposals

 

Use of Wildlife Areas
COMAR 08.03.02.02

Published in the Maryland Register: July 19, 2019
Public Comment Period Ends: August 19, 2019
Scheduled Effective Date: September 23, 2019

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Comments may be submitted be calling, faxing or emailing Tim Larney at 410-260-8567 (phone), 410-260-8596 (fax) or tim.larney@maryland.gov.

Purpose of the Changes:

The purpose of this action is to amend Regulation .02 to add three recently acquired landholdings by the Department of Natural Resources to the wildlife management area system. The three new wildlife management areas are Browns Branch Wildlife Management Area and Tall Oak Wildlife Management Area in Queen Anne’s County and Popes Creek Wildlife Management Area in Charles County. Browns Branch is a 1,172 acre property in northern Queen Anne’s County near Church Hill. The area is comprised of agricultural fields, mature forests and a stream named Brown’s Branch. Tall Oak Wildlife Management Area is a 38.5 acre property north of Centreville. The area consists of mature hardwood forest and seasonal wetlands. Popes Creek Wildlife Management Area is a 522 acre property in southern Charles County. The area features agricultural fields and forests, as well as stream corridors and ravines. The new wildlife management areas will be opened to the public for hunting, birdwatching and other wildlife-oriented recreation. The name of Chicone Creek Wildlife Management Area in Dorchester County is being renamed to Chicone Creek Woods Wildlife Management Area.


Open Seasons, Bag Limits for Game Birds and Game Animals
COMAR 08.03.03.01

Published in the Maryland Register: June 21, 2019
Public Comment Period Ends: July 22, 2019
Scheduled Effective Date: August 26, 2019

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Comments may be submitted be calling, faxing or emailing Karina Stonesifer at 310-777-2136 (phone), 301-777-2029 (fax) or karina.stonesifer@maryland.gov.

Purpose of the Changes:

The purpose of this action is to amend designate the Sundays open for hunting in Cecil and St. Mary’s counties during the open seasons for all game species except migratory game birds, designate the Sundays open for deer hunting in Dorchester County, and add one additional Sunday for deer hunting during the firearms season in Wicomico County. This action will also designate the public lands open for Sunday hunting in Cecil and St. Mary’s counties.