ANNAPOLIS—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in the Southern Maryland.
Hunting on the new tract will follow all established season dates and bag limits found in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland, and will be open for Spring Turkey Season beginning April 18, 2014. Hunter access to Myrtle Grove WMA is generally permitted and does not require possession of a seasonal permit or daily reservations. Hunters must park in designated areas only.
Located in western-central Charles County in the forested bottomlands of Mattawoman Creek, Myrtle Grove WMA contains hardwood forests, wildlife plantings, natural and manmade wetlands and early succession habitats. The area is dominated by mature upland and bottomland forests consisting of oaks, hickories, maples, sycamores, poplars, beech and several other tree species. The diverse habitat provides ample hiking, bird watching, pond fishing and nature appreciation opportunities.
For more information about Myrtle Grove WMA or public hunting in the Southern Maryland, visit http://dnr.md.gov/wildlife/Publiclands/wmasouthern.asp or call 301-743-5161.
Source: Md. Dept. of Natural Resources