Strider WMA

White-tailed Buck, photo by Matthew DogedLocated adjacent to Seneca Creek State Park on Clopper Road near Gaithersburg, Strider WMA is part of an expansive greenway in Montgomery County that stretches from Damascus to the Potomac River. The 250-acre tract of mixed hardwoods and Virginia pine was dedicated to wildlife conservation in 1949. Its main recreational attraction is archery hunting for deer. Birdwatching and hiking are also popular activities on the area.

What To See

Strider WMA provides habitat for woodland wildlife species primarily deer, wild turkey and numerous species of songbirds. 

What To Do

Regulated hunting is restricted to archery hunting for deer by permit. Birdwatching, hiking, nature photography are allowed outside of the hunting season. 

Area Regulations

  • Access to Strider WMA is restricted from the opening day of deer bow season to January 31st; access is by permit and reservation only (except on Sundays).
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • Hunting is restricted to archery hunting for deer only, with permit and reservation required.
  • Hunters are required to have an annual seasonal hunting permit and make a daily reservation to archery hunt for deer.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Vehicle access is via parking areas at Strider Wildlife Management Area on Clopper and Waring Station Road (hunter access parking only).

Non-Hunting Users

Outside of the hunting season Strider WMA is open to hiking, nature photography and birding.

Site Management Practices

  • Daylighting of access roads.
  • Patch clear-cuts of Virginia pine were completed in the early 1990’s.

Maryland map depicting approximate location on Strider WMADirections

From the Capital Beltway, take Interstate 270 north toward Frederick then take Exit 10 (Clopper Road). The entrance to the Strider Wildlife Management Area is about 4 miles from the exit on Clopper Road. For additional information, contact the Gwynnbrook Work Center 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.​