Deer in Spring Landscape

Millington WMA

A narrow trail winding through the woods. Spring-time at Millington.From protecting several endangered species of plants and animals to providing hunting and outdoor recreation to demonstrating wildlife management techniques, Millington fulfills several roles. This 4,000-acre parcel is located in eastern Kent County and consists of hardwood forests with some pine stands, various types of wetlands, fallow managed fields, meadow plantings, and open agricultural fields. The land in Millington has a rich history and was once the home of the Lenni Lenape Indians. Collections of artifacts from this period are on display at the area office.

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What To See

The mixture of habitats supports a variety of wildlife species, such as whitetail deer, turkeys, gray squirrels, rabbits, quail, woodcock, and waterfowl, as well as furbearers and songbirds. The "Delmarva Bays," a series of shallow depressions which are filled with water most of the year, are the subject of local lore. These depressions are said to be the results of struggling whales, stranded after the biblical flood receded. Whatever their origin, these water holes are the place to find not only nesting waterfowl, but also salamanders. Spring is the time to observe the unusual courtship dance of the woodcock. You might also hear endangered barking tree frogs singing in the forested wetlands. 

What To Do

Hunters will experience a rewarding day afield, pursuing white-tailed deer, waterfowl, rabbits, mourning doves, wild turkey, woodcock, squirrels, fox and raccoon. Ducks abound on the many ponds and streams, which also offer excellent fishing for bass and bluegills. Visitors armed with cameras can catch intimate shots of wild animals in their secretive worlds.

Area Regulations

  • Use of Millington WMA is generally permitted seven days a week throughout the year.
  • Hunting is allowed in accordance with open seasons and shooting hours, unless otherwise noted.
  • All State and Federal Hunting Laws and Regulations are applicable.
  • Trapping is by permit only.
  • Dove hunting is restricted to certain days and shooting hours.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed, except in disabled hunter access area, by users with permits.
  • Horseback riding during the hunting season is permitted on Sundays only.
  • Canada Goose hunting is restricted to designated blind sites available by reservation only.
    For reservations call 410-928-3650.
  • NEW for the Spring '09 Turkey Season

  • Spring turkey season restrictions have been implemented at Millington WMA.
  • Only 24 spring turkey hunters will be permitted per day at Millington WMA, with no more than 4 hunters permitted per zone.
    See the Millington WMA map for zone locations and boundaries.
  • Each hunter may take one non-hunting partner with him, however the partner must stay with the hunter and may not harvest a turkey.
  • Permits are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Hunters must sign-in on the board located in front of the Millington WMA office in the morning. Signing-in the night before a planned hunt is not permitted.
  • Please call the Millington WMA office (410-928-3650) if you have any questions.
  • Special Areas

  • Disabled hunter access is permitted in Zone 6, as noted on map.
  • The area has a large number of Delmarva Bays, which are shallow wetlands supporting fragile ecosystems that should not be walked in.
  • Area Hunting Rules

    PUBLIC HUNTING ON MILLINGTON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

    The Millington Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is open for hunting during all established seasons. Before hunting on Millington WMA each day, hunters, and all other users, must register by providing certain information such as their name, vehicle tag number, etc. on a sign-in sheet. The sign-in sheet will be provided on the information board in the parking area along Maryland Line Road (SR 330) at the entrance to the WMA office complex. While registering to hunt each day, hunters must take note of area closures or special notices that will be posted on the information board.

    All vehicles must be parked in designated parking lots, no exceptions. Overnight parking or camping is prohibited on the WMA without the permission of the Area Manager.

    WMA boundary lines are marked with Managed Hunting Area signs and/or yellow paint. Adjacent land is private property. Protect the sport of hunting; respect landowner’s rights. Portable tree stands and blinds are permitted but must be removed at the end of each day. MD DNR personnel will remove any stands and blinds left overnight.

    The Wildlife and Heritage Service reserves the right to refuse to issue a permit, deny further privileges, to revoke any permit and eject forthwith the holder from the WMA for disorderly conduct, intoxication, dangerous behavior, destruction of property, violation of any WMA, state, or Federal regulation or any behavior which interferes with the proper management of the WMA.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

    In observance of the statewide Youth Hunt, Millington WMA Zones 1 and Zone 2 will be open to junior deer hunting only. Each junior deer hunter must be accompanied by a licensed, unarmed adult companion, 21 years of age or older. All junior hunters and companion must sign in the day of the hunt. Other hunting activities may take place on Zone 3 through Zone 6, on this date.

    WATERFOWL HUNTING RULES:

    Waterfowl may be hunted Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturdays, and on any opening day and state holiday that falls on Tuesday or Thursday. Migratory Canada geese may ONLY be hunted from DNR blind sites which are available by reservation. Blinds left unreserved may not be hunted. Reservations accepted on a first come-first serve basis and will be taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the week before each migratory Canada goose season opener and every Tues/Thurs thereafter. Reservations can be made in person or by phone (no messages accepted) each week from 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., one week in advance of the desired hunt date. Call 410-928-3650 for reservations. Only one reservation may be made per calendar week, per party. All hunters must sign in on the day of their reservations.

    Duck, snow goose, and resident Canada goose hunting is allowed along any stream, pond, impoundment, or field located on the WMA, however no duck or snow goose hunting will be permitted within 500 yards of an established blind site during the migratory Canada goose season. Pass Shooting of waterfowl is strictly prohibited.

    Hunting of Bobwhite Quail is strictly prohibited at Millington WMA for the 2008/09 season. An ongoing habitat restoration and research project has necessitated this closure.

    Non-hunting Users Guide

  • Non-hunting visitors are welcome.
  • Be aware of open hunting seasons and visit accordingly.
  • Season dates available in newspapers, on the Internet, at the Millington WMA office and at some area stores.
  • Trails are maintained but not marked.
  • There are a number of ponds on the area for fishing.
  • Trail system noted on map is suitable for hiking, cycling, birding, horseback riding, and hunting.
  • Horseback riding during the hunting season is permitted on Sundays only.
  • Site Management Goals

  • Protecting, maintaining, and enhancing different type of habitats through various management techniques.
  • The agricultural fields are planted with crops to provide habitat and winter food for upland wildlife species.
  • Certain fields are managed dove hunting areas.
  • Some fields have been planted to native warm season grasses, cool season grasses and/or been left fallow to provide habitat for ground nesting wildlife species.
  • Millington WMA is located in Kent county on Maryland's eastern shoreDirections

    From the Bay Bridge, take U.S. Route 50/301 to the split. Proceed on Route 301 north. From Delaware and northern points, take Route 301 south. From MD Route 301, take MD Route 313 east to Massey. Proceeding straight, route numbers will change from Route 313 East to Route 330 East. The Millington WMA Office is located 1.5 miles out of town on the left. Nineteen marked parking areas are distributed throughout the area. For additional information, contact the Millington WMA Work Center at (410) 928-3650.


    This area is a part of Marylandís Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the Stateís wildlife resources.

    Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.

    Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.