About Hunting in Maryland

There are many new things Maryland is offering and require a permit to enter into lotteries. There are do it yourself hunts being offered in 2020 for Pheasants that take place on public land. With so many different species offered in 90 species of mammals, 93 sand 400 birds as well as marine and freshwater fishes, 300 of them are rare which is why it is important to have hunters join in on what is going on.

We appreciate the biodiversity that is offered and keeping our great state protected and anything that is invasive or a threat under control so that we can live peacefully with a well balanced system.

Maryland Hunting Seasons

Big Game: Deer, Black Bear

Small Game: Rabbit, Squirrel, Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Opossum, Otter

Bird: Turkey, Upland Game Birds, Crow, Dove, Coots, Canada Goose

Maryland Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonDatesZonesLimitNotes
ArcherySept. 10–Oct.20,
Oct. 24,
Oct. 25–Nov. 26,
Dec. 13–Dec. 17,
Jan. 2,
Jan. 3–Jan. 6,
Jan. 10–Jan. 31

Jan. 7–Jan. 9 in Region A.
Statewide2 total for all seasons combined
No more than 1 in any weapon season
A third antlered white-tailed deer may be taken only in Region B as a bonus antlered deer
Antlered White-Tailed Deer
Sept. 10–Oct. 20,
Oct. 24,
Oct.25–Nov. 26,
Dec. 13–Dec. 17,
Jan. 2,
Jan. 3–Jan. 31

Feb. 1–Feb. 3
Primitive Deer Hunt Days
A2 total for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons combined
No more than 1 in any weapon season
A third antlerless deer may be taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days
Antlerless White-Tailed Deer
Sept. 10–Oct. 20,
Oct. 24,
Oct. 25–Nov. 26,
Dec. 13–Dec. 17,
Jan. 2, Jan. 3–
Jan. 6, Jan. 10–
Jan. 31

Feb. 1–Feb. 3
Primitive Deer Hunt Days
B15
(Unlimited antlerless in the Suburban Deer Management Zone)
Antlerless White-Tailed
FirearmsNov. 27–Dec. 11,

Jan. 7–Jan. 9 in Region B only.
Statewide2 total for all seasons combined
No more than 1 in any weapon season
A third antlered white-tailed deer may be taken only in Region B as a bonus antlered deer 
Antlered White-Tailed Deer
Department of Natural Resources Public Lands:
Dec. 11

All Other Lands:
Dec. 10–Dec. 11
A2 total for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons combined
No more than 1 in any weapon season
A third antlerless deer may be taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days
Antlerless White-Tailed Deer 
Nov. 27–Dec. 11,
Jan. 7– Jan. 9
B10Antlerless White-Tailed Deer
Muzzleloader*Oct. 21–Oct. 23,
Dec. 18–Jan. 1

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 Primitive Deer Hunt Days
Statewide2 total for all seasons combined
No more than 1 in any weapon season
A third antlered white-tailed deer may be taken only in Region B as a bonus antlered deer 
Antlered White-Tailed Deer
Department Of Natural Resources Public Lands:
*Oct. 21–Oct. 23,
Jan. 1

All Other Lands:
Oct. 21–Oct. 23
Dec. 30–Jan. 1

Feb. 1–Feb. 3
Primitive Deer Hunt Days
A2 total for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons combined
No more than 1 in any weapon season
A third antlerless deer may be taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days
Antlerless White-Tailed Deer
Oct. 21–Oct. 23,
Oct. 25–Oct. 30,
Dec. 18–Jan. 1

Feb. 1–Feb. 3
Primitive Deer Hunt Day
B10Antlerless White-Tailed Deer

Notes for 2021-2022 Hunting Season
Unless otherwise noted, hunting seasons are for all Maryland counties. Not all species are found in all counties.
1. Sunday Deer Hunting (white-tailed and sika)-
White-tailed and sika deer hunting seasons include Sundays – see the Sunday hunting portion of the calendar for areas, dates, counties and times.
2. Deer Management Region A– This region includes Allegany County, Garrett County, and the western portion of Washington County (Zone 2, Private Land Code Areas 250 & 251) that lies west of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River.
3. Deer Management Region B– This region includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1, Private Land Code Area 252: the eastern portion of Washington County that lies east of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River), Wicomico and Worcester Counties.
4. Sika Deer- Sika deer may be hunted statewide where they are found.
5. Primitive Deer Hunt Days– Hunters may only use long bows, recurve bows or flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloading rifles or handguns during these days.

Maryland Hunting License Info

A bonus antlered deer stamp allows hunting license holders to take additional antlered deer during one of the hunting seasons (archery, muzzleloader, or firearms)

Purchase a license at : dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx.

LicenseResidentNonresident
Regular Hunting License$24.50$130
Archery Stamp$6$25
Muzzleloader Stamp$6$25
Resident Antlered Deer Stamp$10$25

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Maryland Hunting News

A hunter must always carry personal photo ID, as well as permission to hunt on private land. A hunting license is required to hunt deer, An archery Stamp is required for archery deer season and when using bows during primitive deer hunt days. Archery equipment may be used to hunt deer during all deer seasons. Muzzleloading firearms can be used during all firearms as well. You can always volunteer to make a difference in the wildlife of Maryland, as well as outreach events, office activities you can become a naturalist or create a wildlife friendly backyards.

Either way you look at it there is something so everyone can help during the hunting season as well as around them also. With such a diverse state it’s easy to create your perfect atmosphere no matter if it’s in your own backyard, hunting or hunting in a neighbor’s backyard!

Maryland Tips

  • A Maryland license is required to hunt geese during the light goose season, daily limit 25 no possession limit
  • The Natural Resource police safety education and outreach unit provides the hunter education course required to obtain the certificate of competency in firearms and hunters safety
  • Resident Jr hunters are entitled to a one time free annual hunting license, archery stamp and muzzleloader stamp upon successful completion of course.

Links to Official Sites

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Maryland State Regulation Site

Maryland State PDF