Farver Cooperative Wildlife Management Area

White-tailed Deer fawn and doe, photo by James CorbettLocated near Woodbine, Maryland, Farver CWMA is owned by Carroll County Government. The 45 acre tract was purchased by Carroll County as a potential site for a future watershed.

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Hunting access at Farver CWMA is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The mission of the Wildlife and Heritage Service is to conserve and enhance diverse wildlife populations and associated habitats while providing for public enjoyment of the State’s wildlife resources through hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation. There are no hiking trails on the property. Farver CWMA provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species, primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, and songbirds.

Regulations for All Users

Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service it is UNLAWFUL to:

  • Operate or possess a vehicle on roads, trails, or waterways not open to general traffic.
  • Bait or feed wildlife.
  • Use or construct permanent blinds or tree stands. All portable blinds or stands must be removed at the end of the day.
  • Ignite, cause to be ignited, or maintain a fire.
  • Camp
  • Remove, disturb, damage, or destroy any mineral, plant, rock, tree, or nongame animal.
  • Have dogs off leash unless engaged in a permitted hunting activity.
  • Use dogs to chase fox and raccoons.
  • Release any animal or plant.
  • Conduct commercial activities.
  • Place a cache for the purpose of geocaching.
  • Operate, possess, or use combustibles, explosives, or fireworks.
  • Dig for relics and treasures, remove prehistoric or historic artifacts, or use a metal detector without a permit from the Office of Archeology.
  • Deposit litter or refuse including, but not limited to, animal carcasses, appliances, brush, debris, furniture, garbage, hazardous material, tires, waste paper, yard waste, or other litter.
  • Vandalize real property including any blind, building, crop, equipment, gate, habitat, plant, road, sign, trail, vehicle, vessel, or other public property.
  • Graze cattle, goats, horses, sheep, or other domestic animals.
  • Place decoys prior to 1 hour before legal shooting hours, leave decoys overnight, or remove decoys later than 1 hour after legal shooting hours.


Public hunting on Farver WMA is permitted during legal hunting seasons with restrictions (see below). A free permit is required and available from the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service Gwynnbrook Wildlife Office or online. Hunting is available for deer archery only in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

  • Hunting access is restricted to seasonal permit holders with daily reservations from the opening day of deer archery season through deer primitive season.
  • There are 3 reservations available per day.
  • Hunting is permitted Monday through Saturday. No hunting is allowed on Sundays.
  • Permitted hunting devices include archery equipment only.
  • Spring Turkey hunting is NOT allowed.
  • Permitted hunting devices include archery equipment only.
  • Trapping is not allowed.

Non-Hunting Users

From September through January, non-hunting users may access the property on Sundays only. No permit or reservation is needed. Outside this timeframe, Farver CWMA is open daily for the following activities:

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Photography
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.


farver-location.pngFarver CWMA is located northeast of Mount Airy in Woodbine, Maryland. Public access to this area is via a parking lot off of Gillis Road. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

White-tailed Deer fawn and doe, photo by James Corbett ​