Big Game Hunting Program on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting a public meeting to discuss big game hunting on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR) on March 24, 2018 from 10am-12pm. The meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about big game public hunting opportunities on the refuge, ask questions, and provide comments on the hunt program in general.

Topics will include the results of the first ever deer population density survey with the University of Delaware, as well as public input on dates,improvements to handicapped hunt units, new units, and modifications to boat access. The meeting will be held at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, address 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area.  The refuge receives 180,000 visitors annually who contribute to the local economy.   On average the refuge returns $4.87 to the local economy for every $1.00 Congress appropriates to fund the refuge (Banking on Nature 2010 report).

Project Leader Marcia Pradines encourages everyone to provide input on the hunt program for 2018 either at the meeting or in writing.  Comments may be emailed to, or write to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, protects over 29,000 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 or @BlackwaterNWR.

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Letters to Editor

  1. Alan Boisvert says:

    A wildlife refuge? Really? It is NOT a refuge if it allows hunting. Pathetic and disgusting.

    A wildlife sanctuary, is a naturally occurring sanctuary, such as an island, that provides protection for species from hunting, predation, competition or poaching; it is a protected area, a geographic territory within which wildlife is protected.

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