News from the DNR Office of Communications

Muskrat Trapping Season Extension Announced

Annapolis, MD (February 23, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has added a one week extension to the muskrat trapping season in all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington. The new season closure date will be March 22, 2010. No other hunting or trapping seasons have been extended.

The extension is due to the heavy snowfalls and frozen waterways that have limited trapper access to many wetlands this winter and is consistent with Maryland law. Muskrats are a common and prolific species and the sale of their hides and meat provides important income to many Maryland citizens.

Additional information about hunting and trapping can be found in The Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland or on the DNR website www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide.

Trappers and hunters are reminded that a Furbearer Permit is now required for individuals that hunt, chase, trap or otherwise pursue furbearers. Individuals that wish to trap furbearers and did not possess a Furbearer Permit or certificate of trapper education prior to August 1, 2007 must also complete mandatory trapper education. Information about Maryland’s trapper education program can be found at www.dnr.maryland.gov/nrp/education/trappered.html. Furbearer Permits may be obtained from any DNR sport license agent, online at www.dnr.maryland.gov/service/howto.asp, or by phone (1-800-918-2870).


   February 23, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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