Hahn Cooperative Wildlife Management Area

White-tailed Deer photo courtesy of John Gambriel

Located to the north of Westminster, Maryland, Hahn CWMA is owned by Carroll County Government. The 40-acre tract was purchased as a potential site for a future watershed.

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Hahn CWMA hunting access 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. Hahn CWMA is forested land. Using sustainable forestry practices, periodic timber harvests are conducted on the area. Hahn 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 Hahn CWMA is permitted during the deer archery season 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 only in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • Hunting access is restricted to seasonal permit holders with daily reservations from the opening day of deer archery season (Friday after Labor Day) to the last day of the deer primitive season (early February).
  • Hunting is permitted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.
  • From September through February there are 3 reservations available per day.
  • Spring Turkey hunting is NOT allowed.
  • Permitted hunting devices include archery equipment only.
  • Trapping is not allowed.
  • No access is allowed in the posted restricted zone (see map).

Non-Hunting Users

From September through early February, non-hunting users may access the property on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only. No permit or reservation is needed. Outside this timeframe, Hahn CWMA is open Sunday through Saturday for the following activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking on established trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Photography
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.

Maryland map showing approximate location of Hahn CWMA in northen central Maryland


Hahn CWMA is located on the north side of Westminster, Maryland. Public access to this area is via a parking lot off of Sawmill Road. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.