Located just south of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal in Chesapeake City, Maryland, this property is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the Department of Natural Resources for wildlife management and recreation.
Bethel MHA provides habitat for waterfowl, upland game, and forest species primarily white-tailed deer.
This area is open to hunting for all game species during the regulated hunting season established by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Hunters are required to have a permit to hunt and a daily reservation to access the area. Outside the hunting season this area is open to fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature photography, etc. with non-hunting permit required.
Bethel MHA is located just south of the C & D Canal in Chesapeake City. Take Rt. 213 to Rt. 342 and turn right on to 2nd St. Take 2nd St. to Rt. 286 East (Bethel Road). Five parking lots border the property. For complete area regulations, information, or seasonal permits contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.
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This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.
Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.
Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
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