Maryland Game Birds

The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest showcases the talents of gifted wildlife artists while raising funds for conservation. Migratory game bird hunters are required to purchase these stamps, and the proceeds fund migratory game bird research and habitat enhancement on the state’s public lands. Since 1974, stamp sales have provided more than $7 million for migratory game projects.

Paul Makuchal of Pocomoke City won the 42nd Annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest with his painting, Blackwat

2018 Winner: Silent Repose by Paul Bridgford

Migratory Game Birds

Will Mann took a Wild Turkey on April 28, 2011.Maryland’s migratory game birds include 25 waterfowl species, mourning doves, woodcock, rails, gallinules, and snipe. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources conducts two general types of migratory game bird studies: surveys of abundance and distribution and surveys of harvest and mortality. The DNR integrates this biological survey information, research findings, and social considerations into annual hunting regulation proposals.

Wild Turkey and Upland Game Birds

The Wild Turkey and Upland Game Bird Project manages populations and habitats of wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, and ring-necked pheasants. Although each of these species is managed differently due to their unique ecology, they are all important in providing recreational opportunities in Maryland through hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation.

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Waterfowl Hunting Management in North America

Packed with news, updates, harvest management information and scientific data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) in collaboration with flyway and state waterfowl managers.

Volunteers at Deal Islland WMA Impoundment Restoration
Volunteers at Deal Island WMA Impoundment Restoration

Volunteers Making a Difference

A project in the Deal Island WMA impoundment is restoring emergent tidal marsh by trapping sediments with fencing. The sites are planted with spartina plugs to stabilize the sediments. Volunteers from Duck’s Unlimited and the Maryland Waterfowler’s Association assisted Wildlife and Heritage staff with planting in early May 2013.

The department partners with the Maryland Wood Duck Initiative (MWDI)

MWDI's mission is to enhance Maryland’s wood duck population and to generate a greater appreciation of the wetland habitats in which they live by advocating and demonstrating the merits of a “best practices” approach in managed nest programs.​

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