Key Leadership and Contact Information for Maryland DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its Wildlife and Heritage Service operate under the guidance of prominent state officials committed to overseeing and conserving the state's natural resources.

Current Leadership

  • Governor Wes Moore – The Governor provides executive leadership and oversight for natural resource management in Maryland.
  • Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller – Assists in the administration and supports the Governor's agenda on environmental matters.
  • Secretary Josh Kurtz – Leads the Department of Natural Resources, setting policies for wildlife management.
  • Director Paul A. Peditto – Directs the Wildlife and Heritage Service, overseeing conservation programs and initiatives.

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission

Established by legislative action, the Wildlife Advisory Commission is tasked with advising the DNR Secretary on wildlife-related issues. The commission's members, appointed by the Governor, bring diverse perspectives and expertise to guide policies and recommendations.

Commission Contact Details

For matters concerning the Wildlife Advisory Commission, correspondence can be directed to the following address or email:

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401


Commissioners Serving Maryland

The following appointed commissioners are responsible for collaborating on wildlife stewardship:

  • Benjamin H. Alder
  • D. Matthew Cole
  • Thurmond “TJ” L. Jenkins
  • Steven W. Keithley
  • J. Jeremy Parks
  • Kaitlin L. Rossignuolo
  • Joe L. Schroyer
  • Ryan D. Showalter, Esq.
  • Carl F. Wagner

Department Contact Information

For information or assistance from the Wildlife and Heritage Service, individuals can use these contact details:

Main Office Address:
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone Numbers:
Main Line: 410-260-8540
Fax: 410-260-8596
Toll-Free (Maryland): 877-620-8367
TTY (MD Relay Service): Call via MD Relay

Website: Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service

Federal Aid: This entity is supported by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program.

Publication Reference: DNR 03-050923-355

The Wildlife and Heritage Service and the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission continue to work collaboratively, leveraging federal assistance to maintain a robust focus on wildlife preservation and resource management.

The Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland is a publication of the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Political advocacy ads, ads promoting alcohol, tobacco or recreational drugs and ads of a sexual nature will not be accepted. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service is not responsible for any advertising claims contained herein. The department disclaims any liability regarding product pricing, claims, descriptions, availability or condition. No warranty is expressed or implied concerning product errors, omissions or misprints.

This publication is intended as a guide only. For state laws and regulations, see the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 08 at the following web sites:

The facilities of the Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days advance notice is requested. This document is available in alternative format upon request from a qualified individual with a disability.

This program receives Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility, or if you need more information, please write to:

Office of Fair Practices

Department of Natural Resources

580 Taylor Ave., C-3

Annapolis MD 21401

Telephone: (410)260-8058


The Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020

Arlington, Virginia 22203

Maryland Tax Credit for Deer Donation

Incentive for Charitable Hunters

Successful deer hunters in Maryland can benefit from a state-offered tax credit when they generously donate processed deer meat to sanctioned nonprofit venison donation programs. This initiative aims to incentivize hunters to partake in community support while enjoying their hunting pursuits.

Tax Credit Details

A qualifying individual may claim a tax credit amounting to a maximum of $50. This credit specifically covers the butchering and processing costs for an antlerless deer, encouraging the management of deer populations and the provision of nutritious meat to those in need.

Eligibility Criteria

To be deemed eligible for this tax credit, hunters must adhere to all relevant state hunting regulations and laws. It is a requirement that ethical hunting practices and legal standards are maintained throughout the hunting process.

Claiming Your Tax Credit

The tax credit obtained through this act of charity is claimed on the hunter's annual Maryland tax return. It is essential for hunters to retain appropriate documentation of their expenses and donation to ensure a smooth claim process during their tax filings.

Upper Potomac River Boating Safety Requirements

Mandatory Personal Flotation Device Usage

When navigating the Upper Potomac River and its tributaries, all individuals on a vessel, raft, or tube must wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved personal flotation device (PFD) at all times while underway. Specifically, these PFDs must be either Type I, II, III, or V, and this rule is in effect from November 15 at 12:01 a.m. through May 15 at midnight each year.

Year-Round Equipment Requirements

Outside the specified dates, while not mandatory to wear, every vessel, raft, or tube must still be equipped with an adequate number of U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFDs for every occupant.

Additional Provisions for White Water Areas

For any white water sections of designated stream segments, users—including those on kayaks and covered canoes—must wear a Type III or V PFD without exception. In addition, safety helmets are required for kayakers and covered canoeists in these white water portions, as detailed in COMAR

Additional Equipment for Recreational Vessels

Vessels 16 feet in length or longer must carry at least one Type IV throwable PFD on board. This is in addition to the requisite number of wearable PFDs for all occupants.

For a full listing of white water specific regulations and designated stream segments requiring additional safety gear, refer to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).

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