Sawmill CWMA

White-tailed antlered deer, photo by Majestic Beauty by Duane TuckerLocated to the north of Westminster, Maryland the property is owned by Carroll County Government. The 500-acre tract was purchased as a potential site for a future watershed. 

What To See

Sawmill CWMA provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkey, rabbit, squirrel, and songbirds.

What To Do

The area is open to hunting for all game species (except turkey) 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 access the area. Outside of the hunting season this area is open to hiking, bird watching, and nature photography.

Area Regulations

  • Access to Sawmill CWMA is restricted from September 1 through February 15 for the hunting season for seasonal permit holders with daily reservations on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. During the two week deer firearms season the property is open Monday through Saturday.
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.​
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Parking is available at four designated locations on the property (refer to the map). Visitors must park in the designated parking areas.
  • Use of rifles is prohibited. No target shooting is permitted at any time of the year.

Non-Hunting Users

  • Outside of the hunting season Sawmill CWMA is open to hiking, nature photography, and bird watching.

Site Management Practices

  • Sawmill CWMA is primarily forested land. Using sustainable forestry practices, periodically timber harvests are conducted on the area.

Maryland map showing approximate location of Sawmill CWMADirections

Sawmill CWMA is located on the north side of Westminster, Maryland. Public access to this area is off of Maryland State Route 97 to the west and MD State Route 496 to the east. Refer to the map for parking areas. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

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Acknowledgement: Photograph of White-tailed Buck, Courtesy of the USFWS.


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.​