Old Bohemia WMA

Photo of west side of Old Bohemia WMAThis 1,000 acre site located in the southeastern portion of Cecil County, north of Warwick, MD 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.

What To See

Old Bohemia WMA provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, dove, and forest wildlife species primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel and rabbit.

What To Do

The area is open to hunting for all game species during the regulated hunting season established by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Hunters are required to have a permit and a daily reservation to hunt this area. The WMA is open to hiking, bird watching and nature photography.

Area Regulations

  • Hunting access to Old Bohemia WMA is from September 1 through February 28 for the hunting season to seasonal permit holders with a daily reservation. This restriction is also in place for hunting access during the spring turkey season.
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • Area will also be open for snow goose hunting by permit and reservation during the Snow Goose Conservation Hunt.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Parking is available on designated parking lots.
  • Non-toxic shot is mandatory for dove hunting.

Non-Hunting Users

  • Non-hunting visitors are welcome and need to be aware of open hunting seasons and visit accordingly.
  • The area is open to hiking, bird watching and nature photography.

Site Management Practices

  • Five managed dove fields are located on the property.
  • Approximately 100 acres is managed as early succesional habitat to provide habitat for many game and non-game species. Fields of warm season grasses/wildflowers have been planted, as well as shrub hedgerows and small food plots. Other areas have been left fallow. Early successional habitat types will be maintained through the use of prescribed fire and discing every 2-3 years, as well the occasional use of herbicides to control invasive plant species and unwanted hardwoods.


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 and hunting reservations 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.​