Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is pleased to again provide annual public hunting of white-tailed deer on the Refuge. Deer taken at Eastern Neck NWR will not count against your Maryland state bag limit. The permitted hunting dates fall outside of the regular state season, therefore the type of weapon (crossbow, bow and arrow, muzzleloader, or shotgun with slugs) permitted is specified for each date. Hunt dates this year are as follows:
Disabled Hunt- October 3rd -See requirements for disabled hunt participation.
Youth- October 6th-See requirements for youth hunt participation.
Archery – October 12th – Crossbows, bows and arrows must comply with State of Maryland regulations.
Muzzleloader Hunts – October 15th and October 22nd- Muzzleloader rifles, muzzleloader shotguns, bows, and crossbows according to State of Maryland regulations.
Shotgun Hunts – October 26th and November 9th – Shotguns with slugs, muzzleloader rifles, muzzleloader shotguns, bows, and crossbows may be used.
All hunters must obtain a permit regardless of age. Permits are non-transferable.
Scouting will be permitted on the following dates: September 30th, October 7th, and November 4th. Check-in & check-out are not required on scouting dates, however, only participants possessing a valid Refuge hunt permit may scout.
How to apply: Applications for permits may be picked up in person at the refuge. They may also be requested by phone at (410) 228-5018. Permittees will be selected on a first come, first serve basis by mail only.
Permit Conditions: Specific hunt regulations for the Refuge and a map of the hunting area may be viewed online at https://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/hunting.html, and is available at the Eastern Neck and Blackwater refuge offices.
Fees: A non-refundable administration fee of $10 per hunt is required and must accompany each application. Senior and Access Passport holders will be charged a fee of $5 per hunt. Group applications of up to five persons must be mailed in the same envelope.
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