Beginning July 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) hunting permits will be available online at www.recreation.gov or by phone at (877) 444-6777. Regulations and dates for the 2023-24 deer hunt are now available on the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater.
Please note the following changes to this year’s regulations. Only one hunter per permit is allowed; group members may no longer be added to a permit. This change now allows hunters to present their valid hunting permit either electronically or on paper. Stands and blinds must be removed daily from the refuge. This rule now applies to all hunt units on the refuge, including U1. Hunters are reminded that deer drives are allowed during the January shotgun hunts only. Lastly, a state-issued sika deer stamp is now required to hunt sika deer during any of the deer hunting seasons.
For more information on hunting at Blackwater NWR, please visit www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, protects over 32,000 acres of rich tidal marsh, mixed hardwood and pine forest, managed freshwater wetlands and cropland for a diversity of wildlife. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater or @BlackwaterNWR.
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