Gwynnbrook Wildlife Management Area is located on Gwynnbrook Avenue, just off Owings Mills Boulevard in Owings Mills. Originally a game farm, this 88 acre tract was purchased by the State in 1919, making it the oldest wildlife management area in Maryland.
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Gwynnbrook WMA 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. Gwynnbrook WMA contains limited trails available for use by hikers and hunters that are not regularly maintained and are often rough and muddy. This area provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species including white-tailed deer, squirrels, and songbirds. Five acres of fields are managed for wildlife cover and pollinators. Some food plots may be planted in these fields. The remainder of the property is forested. There is a one acre pond located on the property.
The Central Region Public Hunting Program is run out of the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Management Area.
Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service it is UNLAWFUL to:
Public hunting on Gwynnbrook 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 all seasons that allow archery usage in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
From September through January non-hunting users may access the property on Sundays only. No permit or reservation is needed. The Gwynnbrook WMA pond is open year-round for wildlife viewing and fishing. Outside this timeframe, Gwynnbrook WMA is open Sunday through Saturday for the following activities:
From I-695, take the I-795 Expressway to Owings Mills Boulevard towards Reisterstown Road. Follow the signs to Owings Mills Boulevard. Continue on Owings Mills Boulevard to Gwynnbrook Avenue. Turn right on Gwynnbrook Avenue and then immediately left into the Gwynnbrook WMA. Public parking is located directly on Gwynnbrook Avenue. Turn up the driveway to visit the Wildife Office. For additional information, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Office at 410-356-9272.
American kestral, photo
by Steve Hillebrand
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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