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DNR Announces Canada Goose Hunting Dates At Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area

Annapolis, Md. (September 20, 2010) —  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Maryland Park Service today announced the dates for migratory Canada geese waterfowl hunting at Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA). As in the past, hunting will be by permit only.

This year’s dates for migratory Canada goose hunts are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 20-26, 2010 and December 16, 2010 through January 29, 2011 (excluding December 25). All goose hunting permits will be issued through a lottery drawing. Goose hunting applications must be received at the Tuckahoe State Park office by the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on October 22, 2010. Permits will be selected by random drawing on October 26 at 1 p.m.

To receive an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tuckahoe State Park, 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657. Applications can also be downloaded from DNR’s website at Only one application per hunter is permitted.

Completed applications should be mailed along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Sassafras NRMA Goose Hunt c/o Tuckahoe State Park, 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657. Permit recipients will be notified of their hunting date and blind location by mail; results of the drawing will not be given out over the telephone.

Hunters must hunt from their assigned blind only. Hunting hours are from a half hour before sunrise to 12 p.m. and hunters will be required to leave the area by 1 p.m. Canada geese, snow geese and other waterfowl harvested at Sassafras NRMA will be considered part of the daily and season bag limit. Consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2010-2011 for details. Hunting parties are limited to four (4) hunters maximum. All members of the hunting party must possess a valid hunting license as well as a Managed Hunt Permit.

Driving and parking is permitted in designated areas only, which will be posted. Hunting permits must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. Hunters must keep vehicles on designated roadways. Handcarts and sleds are permissible to haul gear to blinds.

For more information, or details, contact the Tuckahoe State Park office at (410) 820-1668, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

   September 20, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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