Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area

Hunting on the Wye Island NRMAHunting

Hunting is available at Wye Island NRMA for both Canada Goose and White Tailed Deer through managed hunts and lotteries. The white tailed deer population is specially managed through a hunting program that includes limited hunting days for Firearms (shotgun and straight walled cartridge rifles) and Muzzleloader through a lottery program.

Archery hunting is permitted on a posted schedule with a limited number of hunters each day. These hunts help to maintain the ecological balance between the whitetail deer herd and their habitat.

Goose hunting is also limited and controlled through a lottery drawing process. Individuals who are mobility impaired are encouraged to apply for the lottery as there are blinds available that accommodate wheelchairs.

Raccoon hunting and Fox chasing are also available on a limited basis by permit. Trapping is not permitted for any species on Wye Island. For more information regarding hunting opportunities/lotteries contact the facility office at 410-827-7577.

Hunting Policy Overview

  • Archery hunting for deer permitted on 2,500 acres – limited to 25 hunters per day with daily sign-in required.
  • Muzzleloader and Firearms hunting for deer permitted on 2,500 acres by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required.
  • Migratory goose blind sites / hunting by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required.
  • Provisions for hunters with mobility impairments.​

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