Other Public Hunting Opportunities in St. Mary's County
Bow Hunting Permits Available for the 85-acre County Managed Elms
Bow hunting permits are now being accepted for the County managed Elms
hunting area. This area is part of the overall 1020 acre Elms property
which is owned by the State of Maryland and of which 476 acres is
leased to the County for an Environmental Education Center and Elms
Beach Park. Eighty-five (85) acres of the County managed area is being
made available for bow hunting for deer on a one-year trial basis.
To apply for an annual permit, hunters must provide a 2012-2013
Maryland Hunting License number, address, date of birth, telephone
number(s) and vehicle tag number(s). Click here to download
application; hunters can mail in/fax in/apply in person to St. Mary’s
County Recreation and Parks, P.O. Box 653, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive,
Leonardtown, MD 20650, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. until 5:00
P.M. There is no fee for the County hunting permit. Also, Click here
to download the required liability waiver form that must also be
signed and submitted with the application.
Some facts to remember:
Only bow hunting for deer will be allowed on this 85-acre site. The
annual deer bow hunting season is generally between September 15 and
January 31 each year. Check the State DNR website for specific dates
for bow hunting.
Hunter access to this site is from the Elms Beach Park entrance road
only. Hunters’ information board, kiosk and small parking area near
Bay Forest Road are available for hunter use. Hunters are not allowed
to access the site from the State of Maryland managed hunting area.
No more than six (6) bow hunters are allowed on the site at any given
time. This will be monitored by a daily hunter sign-in sheet, on an
honor system basis, and will be monitored periodically by R&P staff.
To hunt on this site, hunters must have a valid Maryland hunters’
license; a permit from R&P displayed on the vehicle dash; and sign-in
and sign-in out at the information kiosk.
Permission to hunt does not include permission to trap, target shoot,
build tree stands, camp, build fires or litter. Failure to comply with
these rules may result in a fine and/or suspension from the program.
For more information on registration, please call the R&P main office
at (301) 475-4200 extension 1800 or 1801. For information on the site
or rules and regulations, please call (301) 863-8400 extension 3570,
during the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M.
For information on public hunting areas on State and Federal managed
lands please click here.