Hunting at Blackwater NWR


The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations. Carefully managed hunts maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable, renewable resource.

Regulations: Both state and federal regulations apply, including all required licenses and stamps. For information about Maryland state hunting regulations, visit

Notice: Blackwater NWR is currently transitioning to an internet-based permitting system for deer and turkey hunting. Please periodically check those pages for updates.

REMEMBER! Your hunt permit authorizes you to take specified game only. Harming or needlessly disturbing any other wildlife is a violation of Refuge regulations and is cause for prosecution.

Deer Hunting at Blackwater

Turkey Hunting at Blackwater

Waterfowl Hunting at Blackwater