Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States. 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.
The Refuge provides habitat for an endangered species, the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel. Federal and State laws prohibit any activity that might harm endangered or threatened plants and animals. We believe that these hunts can be conducted without harming Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels and have taken certain precautions to ensure their safety.
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.
Blackwater NWR provides hunting opportunities for turkey, deer and waterfowl.
The Refuge offers archery, quota and non-quota muzzleloader, and quota and non-quota shotgun hunts as well as special disabled and youth hunt opportunities for both white-tailed deer and sika deer.
Hunting at Blackwater is on a first come, first serve basis. There is no standby.
2015-2016 Hunting Forms and Applications
Each spring the Refuge offers turkey hunting on designated Tuesdays and Saturdays within the State season. Hunters can use any weapon approved for state turkey hunts. The Refuge also offers a special one day youth turkey hunt.
Blackwater NWR provides waterfowl hunting opportunities at several designated hunt sites on the Refuge. Waterfowl hunting is permitted on dates specified by the Refuge during the State waterfowl season. All sites are accessible by boat only.
Read the 2015-2016 Waterfowl Hunting Press Release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Important: For more information about any of the hunts offered at Blackwater NWR, or to request a hunt packet containing hunting regulations, maps, and applications, please contact Hunt Coordinator Allen Johnston at 410-221-8815.
If you're interested in learning about Duck Stamps, visit our Duck Stamps page for more information.