News from the DNR Office of Communications

Blind Site Licensing Dates Announced

Annapolis, MD (July 1, 2010)— The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife & Heritage Service announced today the blind site licensing schedule for Maryland waters. The initial phase of licensing will take place on Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4 at designated locations in every county (see list below). Thereafter, licensing will take place at DNR offices located throughout the state.

“We appreciate the cooperation and patience of the many individuals who participate in this effort,” said Lena Pajewska, Blind Site Licensing Coordinator for DNR. “Our goal is to ensure the process is equitable and efficient.”

A 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 Maryland resident hunting license must be presented in order to participate in the lottery drawing and licensing process (except for landowners or people with the written permission of a landowner who desire to license their own property). All applicants must present their Maryland driver’s license or other photo identification to prove residency and to affirm they are the individual assigned to the required hunting license. The 2010-2011 Maryland hunting license is now available at any DNR sport license agent, online at www.wildlifelicense.com/md, or by phone at 1-800-918-2870.

Applicants should arrive at the designated location between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. to be processed. Individuals arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the drawing and will have to wait until all lottery applicants have completed their selection. A lottery will be held at each location starting at approximately 8:30 a.m. on August 3. This drawing will determine the processing order of applicants for that day. Once selected, applicants will be limited to a maximum of ten minutes to select their blind sites; no more than two sites per hunter may be selected per day.

Landowners wishing to license their own property should bring a copy of the property information (available online at http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/) and a tax map or other legible map showing the exact location of the shoreline to be licensed.

Licensing will end at 4:30 p.m. on August 3 and at 12 p.m. on August 4 at all locations. Licensing will resume on August 5 at the DNR offices listed below.
Preview maps of shoreline licensed by riparian landowners will be available on July 15 at locations listed below.

The maps are now also be available on DNR's website at http://dnrweb.dnr.state.md.us/gis/blindsite/index.htm


County Locations for Blind Site Licensing and Preview Maps


Anne Arundel County
. Licensing location: Broadneck High School Auditorium, 1265 Green Holly Drive, Arnold. Preview maps available at Tawes State Office Building, E-1, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis.

Prince George’s County
. Licensing location: County Administration Bldg. (Main Lobby, 1st Floor), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. Preview maps available at County Administration Building, Room L-15.

On August 5, and thereafter, licenses for Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties will be issued at the Wildlife and Heritage Service office, Tawes State Office Bldg., E-1, Annapolis, MD.


Calvert County
. Licensing location: DNR Regional Service Center, 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick. Preview maps available at same location.

Charles County
. Licensing location: Myrtle Grove WMA Office, 5625 Myrtle Grove Road, LaPlata, MD. Preview maps available at same location, 7 am to 12:30 pm only.

St. Mary’s County
. Licensing location: Joseph D. Carter Bldg., Russell Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 23110 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. Preview maps available at St. Mary’s County Memorial Library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown.

On August 5, and thereafter, licenses for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties will be issued at the DNR Southern Regional Service Center, 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.


Baltimore County
. Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road, Baltimore, MD 21219. Preview maps available at the Natural Resources Police Facility, 3738 Gwynnbrook Avenue.

Cecil County
. Licensing location: Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area, Edward L. Walls Activity Center, off entrance 3 Road, Rt. 273. Preview maps available at the Cecil County Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton.

Harford County
. Licensing location: Fallston Volunteer Fire Department, meeting room, 2201 Carrs Mill Road, Fallston (next to the Fallston High School). Preview maps available at the DNR Licensing and Registration Services, Bel Air Regional Service Center, 2 South Bond Street, Bel Air.

On August 5, and thereafter, licenses for Baltimore, Cecil & Harford counties will be issued at the Bel Air Regional Service Center, 2 S. Bond St., Bel Air, MD 21014.


Caroline County
. Licensing location: Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton. Preview maps available at same location.

Talbot County
. Licensing location: Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Preview maps available at the Easton Branch of Talbot County Library (across from courthouse), Easton.

Kent and Queen Anne’s counties
. Only riparian landowners may license a blind site in these counties. Landowners may license their shoreline beginning August 5 if they have missed the earlier licensing period.

On August 5, and thereafter, licenses for Caroline, Talbot, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties will be issued at the Centreville Regional Service Center, 120 Broadway Ave., Room 207, Centreville, MD 21617.


Dorchester County
. Licensing location: LeCompte Wildlife Management Area, 4220 Steele Neck Road, Vienna. Preview maps available at same location, call ahead to confirm office is staffed 410-376-3236.

Somerset County
. Licensing location: Wellington Wildlife Management Area, 32733 Dublin Road, Princess Anne. Preview maps available at same location, call ahead to confirm office is staffed 410-543-8223.

Wicomico County
. Licensing location: Salisbury Regional Wildlife Office, 201 Baptist St., #22, Salisbury, MD. Preview maps available at same location.

Worcester County
. Licensing location: Snow Hill Fire Dept., 4718 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill, MD. Preview maps available at Shad Landing State Park @ Camp Store – Off Rt. 113.

On August 5, and thereafter, licenses for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester counties will be issued at the Salisbury Regional Service Center, 201 Baptist St., Suite 22, Salisbury, MD 21801.


   July 1, 2010

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

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