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 zones

Maryland Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonDatesZonesLimitNotes
Archery9/11 – 10/21, 2020 & 10/25- 11/27, 2020 & 12/14- 18, 2020 & 1 / 3- 7, 1-11 -30, 2021A2 or more all seasons combinedAntlered, white tailed deer only Also open 1 / 8 – 10, 2021 in area
9/11-10/21, 2020 & 10/25-11/27, 2020 & 12/14-18, 2020 & 1/ 3 – 30, 2021A2 or more all seasons combinedAntlerless, white tailed deer only
9/11-10/21, 2020 & 10/25-11/27, 2020 & 12/14-18 2020 & 1/ 3-7, 2021 1/11-30, 2021B2 or more all seasons combinedAntlerless, white tailed deer only
9/11-10/21, 2020 & 10/25-11/27, 2020 & 12/14-18 2020 & 1/ 3-7, 2021 1/11-30, 20212 or more all seasons combinedSika Deer
FirearmsNov 28-Dec 12, 2020 & Jan 8- 10, 20212 or more all seasons combinedAntlered, white tailed deer Open 1 / 8 – 10 in region B
Dec 11-12, 2020A2 or more all seasons combinedAntlerless, white tailed deer only Only 12/12 on public lands
Dec 28-Dec 12, 2020B2 or more all seasons combinedAntlerless white tailed deer only
Nov 28-Dec
12,2020 & Jan 8 -10, 2021
2 or more all seasons combinedSika Deer
Muzzleloader10/22-24, 2020? & A, respectively2 or more all seasons combinedWhite tailed deer antlered as well as Antlerless white tailed deer and Sika Deer
B2 or more all seasons combinedAntlerless white tailed deer only
12/19, 2020 – 1/2 ,2021? & also /
A (only Jan 2,
2021 on public
land)
2 or more all seasons combinedAntlered White tailed deer and also/ Antllerss white tailed deer and Sika Deer

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

Find a Hunting Guide

Hunting Guide in Maryland

Duck Hunting Guides

Deer Hunting Guides

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

Buy License in Maryland: dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx. Maryland State Regulation Site: https://dnr.maryland.gov/Wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/home.aspx4 Maryland State PDF: https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Maryland_Guide_to_Hunting_and_Trapping_2 020-2021.pdf