This 1,044 acre site, located in the southeastern portion of Cecil County, north of Warwick, Maryland, consists primarily of agricultural fields, with the remaining acreage a mix of forest and non-tidal wetlands. The property was acquired from the Corporation of the Roman Catholic Clergymen in April 2009.
Old Bohemia 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. Old Bohemia WMA provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, doves, and forest wildlife species including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, and rabbits.
Approximately 100 acres are managed as early successional habitat to provide habitat for many game and non-game species. Fields of warm season grasses and wildflowers have been planted, as well as shrub hedgerows and small food plots. Managed dove fields are planted annually in sunflower. Other areas have been left fallow.
Early successional habitat is maintained through the use of prescribed fire and discing every 2-3 years. Management techniques are also implemented to control invasive plant species and unwanted hardwoods.
Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service it is UNLAWFUL to:
Public hunting on Old Bohemia 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 legal game species in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Old Bohemia WMA is open year-round to non-hunters. No permit or reservation is needed. Be aware of active hunting seasons. The property is open for the following activities:
Old Bohemia WMA is located in southeastern Cecil County, approximately one mile north of Warwick, Maryland on Church Road. Driving south on Rt. 213 from Chesapeake City turn left on Bohemia Church Road. Go about 3 miles to the Wildlife Management Area. Driving north on Rt. 213 at Cecilton take Rt. 282 East and go about 5 miles into Warwick, MD. Turn left onto Church Road and go about 1 mile to the Wildlife Management Area. For additional 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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