Meade Natural Heritage Association

Meade Natural Heritage Association (MNHA) partners with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to provide the public with high-quality outdoor recreational experiences at the Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR).  MNHA manages hunting activities on the PRR to assist with the management of wildlife in accordance with the PRR Hunting Plan. Our unique partnership increases and improves hunting access and opportunities with an emphasis on under-represented groups such as women, minority, youth, disabled, and veteran hunters.

The Latest News

Thanks to you we had an outstanding seasonThe PRR is a premiere destination for hunters and wildlife observers due to your support, conservation efforts, and sportsmanship.  Your permit fees fund the Hunting Control Station managers that allow us to provide all day access six days a week. Your volunteer efforts help us to maintain the PRR access for hunters and visitors alike. 

Monthly Meetings.  Our next monthly MNHA meeting is March 12.  

MNHA Member Range Days.  Keep your shooting skills sharp.  Next range day is March 3.  See the Membership Range Days for dates and details.

Spring Turkey Season.  Hunters who entered the Spring Turkey Lottery will be notified later (March / early April).

End of year survey. Thank you for your feedback.  We will provide a summary of survey results in the near future.

Non-Lead AmmunitionBy fall of 2027, FWS will phase out use of lead ammunition for ALL hunting on the refuge (deer included). Check out our Non-Lead Ammunition page for information about why it's a good idea to switch now!

THANK YOU to our Hunting Control Station managers this year - Eli, Lauren, and Telah.  Our 3 interns were key to the success of this year’s hunting season at Patuxent.  These dedicated folks quickly learned their roles, MD regulations, and PRR guidelines, the check-in/check-out system, and data collection.  Something you may not know is that, besides the early AM and PM shifts at the HCS, they also worked with FWS on research projects.  

Some quick facts about this season:

# Permits Issued = 513

Species   Visits Harvested Game
  Deer 2662     95 (55 bucks, 40 does)
  Waterfowl   575 226  (83 geese, 143 ducks)
  Doves         3       5
  Small Game       20   48  (45 squirrels, 3 rabbits)

We'll post more statistics after we analyze the data.

Don't forget to check out the Trophy Case for pictures of some of the deer harvested this year.

We want your help to maintain and improve the refuge hunting habitat. Every third Sunday of the month (non-hunting season included) we help maintain the grounds of the refuge.  This is a great opportunity to give back to the PRR and the MNHA hunting community, meet fellow hunters, and peek around to see what the animals are doing.  Read more on the Volunteer Opportunities page or contact us at

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MNHA Hunting Control Center
200 Bald Eagle Drive
Laurel, MD 20724



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