Waterfowl blind site licensing dates and locations announced
Starting Aug. 2, Maryland resident hunters can apply for a 2016-2017 waterfowl blind site license. Openingday applicants will be entered into a lottery for a chance to select their sites. Each blind site license is assigned to a designated location in Maryland waters, where hunters can anchor their boats to hunt waterfowl.
Dates and instructions are as follows:
Aug. 2: From 7:30 to 8 a.m., applications will begin being accepted at all listed locations. The lottery will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to choose their blind sites, with a max of two sites per day. Selections will end at 4:30 p.m. (Please note: Anyone arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible.)
Aug. 3: From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the lottery will be held at all listed department service centers and offices.
Aug. 4 and thereafter: The service centers will operate during normal business hours.
Citizens must present a 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 Maryland resident hunting license in order to participate in the process (landowners, or individuals with written permission of a given landowner, who desire to license their own property are exempt from this requirement). Applicants must also present their driver’s license or other photo identification to verify residency (individuals under the age of 16 are exempt from this requirement). The 20162017 Maryland hunting license is now available at any qualified agent, online, or by calling 855855-3906.
Landowners who would like to license their property should bring a copy of the property information and a tax map or other legible map showing the exact location of the shoreline to be licensed.
Caroline County: Caroline County Central Branch Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton, Md. Preview maps available at same location.
Talbot County: Brigadier General Louis G. Smith Armory, 7111 Ocean Gateway, Easton, Md. Preview maps available at the Talbot County Easton Branch Library, Easton, Md.
(On Aug. 3, and thereafter, licenses for Caroline, Talbot, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties will be issued at the Natural Resources Regional Service Center, 120 Broadway Avenue, (Room 207), Centreville, Md.)
Dorchester County: LeCompte Wildlife Management Area, 4220 Steele Neck Road, Vienna, Md. Preview maps available at same location. Please call ahead at 410-376-3236 to confirm status.
*** Yellowfin wins Tuna-ment Congratuations to Rob Pellicot of Frederick who won the 27th annual Tuna-ment sponsored by the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. Pellicot weighed in an 86.5-pound yellowfin at Curtiss-Merritt Harbor in Chincoteague, Va., which was good enough to collect $6,205 in prize money. Pellicot fished along with Bobby Hurt, Daryl Thomas, and Chris Conway.
Second place went to Dave Paugh who weighed in a 56.5-pound yellow fin ($4,747), and third was won by Darren Wroten (55.4 pounds, $672).
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