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 You will no longer receive a hunt packet by mail. Please create an account on to apply for all refuge hunt permits. Hunters apply directly on the web site or by calling the 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 (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 (*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.