We set out to create the most simplified guide to Maryland hunting seasons for 2023.
Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?
Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.
Having trouble finding the info you need about Maryland? Maryland offers a lot, if this is your first time hunting you are in for a great experience. The times spent will be some of the best you’ve had. Maryland promote youth hunts and offers a wide variety of juniors only programs. The most important part is teaching the generation to be responsible stewards. They can participate in small game hunting, plus there is big game hunting to try for all ages. Maryland also participates in the lottery which helps maintain healthy, sustainable wildlife populations and habitats.
Archery: September 10 - October 20 and October 24 - November 26
Firearms: November 27 - December 11 and January 7 - January 9
Muzzleloader: October 21 - October 30 and December 18 - January 1
Fall General Season: October 30 - November 7
Winter General Season: January 20 - January 22
Spring General Season: April 18 - May 23
Spring Junior Hunt: April 16 - April 17
Rabbit: November 6 - February 28
Squirrel: September 4 - February 28
Quail: November 6 - February 28
Ruffed Grouse: October 2 - January 31
Pheasant: November 6 - February 28
Crow: August 15 - March 15
See the map below for a breakdown of Maryland's hunting zones:
A Maryland license is required to hunt geese during the light goose season, daily limit 25 no possession limit
Antlered season bag limit is 2.
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.
A bonus antlered deer stamp allows hunting license holders to take additional antlered deer during one of the hunting seasons (archery, muzzleloader, or firearms)
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.
Official State Site: https://dnr.maryland.gov
You can hunt deer, bear, turkey, coyote, fox, pheasant, quail, duck, goose and doves in Maryland.
Youth hunting days are November 6 and February 5 in Maryland.
Goose hunting season starts as early as September 1 in Maryland.