Deer Hunting at Eastern Neck

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The refuge offers archery, muzzleloader, and shotgun hunts as well as special disabled and youth opportunities for white-tailed deer.


Hunt Permit Applications

Eastern Neck NWR uses an online hunt application system administered by Recreation.gov. You will no longer receive a hunt packet by mail. Please create an account on www.recreation.gov to apply for all refuge hunt permits. Hunters apply directly on the web site or by calling the Recreation.gov customer service number: 877-444-6777. All hunts are first-come, first-served. Hunters are required to have a printed and signed permit in hand while hunting or scouting on the refuge. Permits are currently available on recreation.gov (NOTE: Shotgun permits have sold out. There are still some left for muzzleloader and the disabled hunt).

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Hunt Regulations

Hunting at Eastern Neck is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no standby.

Regulations and information for the 2021-2022 refuge deer hunt is posted below. All hunters are responsible for reviewing and abiding by these regulations when hunting at Eastern Neck NWR.

2021-22 Deer Hunt Regulations (220 KB PDF file)

Eastern Neck Deer Hunt Map (370 KB JPEG file)

2021-22 Deer Hunt Dates & Fees (81 KB PDF file)

Use of E-Bikes at the refuge (77 KB PDF file)

Link to Maryland DNR Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2021-22 (State regulations)

If you have any questions, you can email us at easternneck@fws.gov (*preferred contact method due to reduced staffing during COVID-19 protocols) or call Blackwater NWR at 410-228-2677. Please indicate that you wish to speak to someone about the Eastern Neck hunt.