Written by: Devn Schumacher
May, 10 2021
Maryland is one of the best hunting locations in the Northeast of the USA. The state is known for both its great landscape and also the presence of game animals for hunters to take. Some of the most common games in Maryland are deer, black bears, turkey, waterfowl, and furbearer games. There are also a lot of small game animals in the state.
Hunters that want to take game animals in Maryland must abide by the state hunting laws, regulations, and requirements provided by the state department for natural resources.
Some of the most important hunting regulations in Maryland include the following
Maryland hunting requirements and unlawful hunting activities prohibited in Maryland include the following:
It is a prohibition of hunting laws in Maryland to illuminate artificial light from vehicles on residential homes, orchards, game animals and birds, livestock, farming lands, or woods in the name of hunting.
In counties like Prince George, Montgomery, and Baltimore, you are allowed to illuminate artificial light from vehicles on wildlife and games until 9 pm at night, only for observation or taking photographs. However, it is a prohibition to have any hunting weapon or device in possession while casting artificial lights in these counties.
It is a prohibition to discharge a firearm, take or trap wildlife within a distance of at least 150 yards away from a residential building or camp where people live without obtaining permission from the occupant of the building.
For archery hunting, the safety distance required is 100 yards in Anne Arundel County, and 50 yards in counties like Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, St. Mary, and Washington.
In Harford, Washington, and Montgomery, hunters making use of archery devices are required to hunt from tree stands if they are within the distance of between 50 to 100 yards of any structure that people occupy.
It is a prohibition to discharge firearms within a distance of about 300 yards in public areas or school areas in the name of hunting. But this prohibition is only for regular school hours and when building structures are occupied. Also, hunters should note that this regulation does not affect home schools, colleges, and universities in Maryland.
For trapping in Maryland, it is a prohibition to illegally touch a catch from traps that have been lawfully set within a hunting area.
To hunt or set traps on private land areas of Maine you need a written permission from the landowner. The only exception to this regulation is if you are the landowner.
You will be held liable for any damage that occurs to private properties while hunting on private land. Also, the owner of the land cannot be responsible for any injury or damage that happens to a hunter, either accidental or not, regardless of if the landowner gives permission to hunt on the property or not. Hunters are advised to obtain the needed knowledge on all laws concerning hunting on private properties in Maryland.
Landowners that want to restrict hunters from taking games and wildlife on their lands can make use of visible signs. In this case, it is a prohibition for a hunter to proceed to take game animals on the land, hence the hunter can be charged for trespassing.
Maryland permits landowners to use blue stripes and signs to restrict movement in their properties. Vertical signs should have a minimum of 2 inches width and 8 inches length and be at the center (a minimum of 3 feet, but should not exceed 6 feet) from the water or ground areas. The color accepted for this sign is bright blue and its paint must be oil-based.
Some of the regulations for hunting in state owned lands include the following:
Yes, you can open carry during a legal hunting activity in Maryland.
Although you can open carry while bow hunting in the state, you must meet the following requirements to do so:
Maryland issues hunting licenses based on residency, and the age of an applicant. Permits and tags in the state are available for specific game animals. For some game hunting seasons, hunters will need the combination of both the state hunting license as well as permits and tags.
Hunting licenses permits and tags issued in Maryland include the following:
This license is available for residents of Maryland that have never possessed a state valid license. The license is valid for residents of any age. Apprentice hunters will only be allowed to hunt games in the company of licensed Maryland hunters that are at least 18 years old. Residents' apprentice license costs $10.
This license is available for residents of Maryland that are between the ages of 16 and 64. Holders of the license will be allowed to take part in specific game seasons as long as they possess the permit. The license costs $24.5.
This license is issued to junior residents in Maryland that are under the age of 16 years old. Before juniors can apply for this license, they need permission in written format from either parents or guardians. The license costs $10.5
The license is available for senior residents of the state that are 65 years or older. The senior resident can purchase this license in the year he or she will be 65 years old. It costs $5.
This license is available for non-residents that have never possessed a state valid license. The license is valid for non-residents of any age. Apprentice hunters will only be allowed to hunt games in the company of licensed Maryland hunters that are at least 18 years old. Non-residents apprentice license costs $20.
This license is available for non-residents that are between the ages of 16 and 64. Holders of the license will be allowed to take part in specific game seasons as long as they possess the permit. The license costs $130.
This license is issued to junior non-residents that are under the age of 16 years old and want to hunt in Maryland. Before juniors can apply for this license, they need permission in written format from either parents or guardians. The license costs $32.5.
The license is available for senior non-residents that are 65 years or older. The senior resident can purchase this license in the year he or she will be 65 years old. It costs $65.
This license is available to non-residents and will allow them to take all possible games in Maryland for 3 consecutive hunting days. Games that are exempted from this license are deer, turkeys, and bears. It costs $45.
Non-residents need this license to trap furbearers in Maryland. However, they will also need a furbearer permit and a non-resident hunting license in addition to this trapping license. It costs $25.5
In addition to a hunting license, hunters need regulated shooting area licenses to be able to take bird games that are raised in captivity. This license costs $6.
Fishing licenses, permits and tags available in Maryland include the following:
This license makes it possible to fish in non-tidal water bodies in Maryland. It is available for residents at a cost of $20.5 and for non-residents at $30 minimum, or the same cost that the state charges as an out-of-state fishing license for Maryland residents.
This license allows holders to fish on non-tidal water bodies for 7 days. It is available for residents at a cost of $7.5 and for non-residents at the same cost that the state charges as an out-of-state fishing license for Maryland residents.
This license allows holders to fish on non-tidal water bodies for 3 days. It is available for only non-residents at the same cost that the state charges as an out-of-state fishing license for Maryland residents.
Trout stamps are available for fishers that want to harvest trout fishes. Residents and non-residents can purchase this stamp at costs of $5 and $10 respectively.
This license allows holders to harvest fish in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland and the state boundaries of the Atlantic Ocean and its coastal bays. It is available for residents and non-residents at a cost of $15 and $22.5 respectively.
This license allows holders to harvest fish in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland and the state boundaries of the Atlantic Ocean and its coastal bays. The license is valid for only seven days. It is available for residents and non-residents at a cost of $6 and $12 respectively.
A senior consolidated fishing license is available for senior residents of Maryland that are 65 years old or more. This license can include the combination of other hunting or harvesting licenses available for seniors in the state. Non-residents cannot purchase this license. It costs $5.
This license allows holders to harvest fish in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland and the state boundaries of the Atlantic Ocean and its coastal bays with a charter boat. It is available for residents and non-residents at the same price. For a charter boat that is carrying up to 6 people, the license cost is $240. For more than 6 people, the cost increases to $290.
This license will allow holders to harvest crabs in Maryland waterbodies. It is available for residents and non-residents at costs of $5 and $10 respectively. For residents that possess the Chesapeake Bay and coastal sport fishing license or a senior resident with a consolidated fishing license, the cost will be $2.
Hunting seasons in Maryland vary majorly based on the game animals you want to take and the type of hunting weapon you are using.
The 2020/21 hunting season for various wildlife in Maryland includes the following:
White-tailed deer hunting in Maryland is available in only some counties in the state. The date for this hunting will vary throughout the state.
Fall turkey hunting in Maryland is only allowed in counties like Washington, Allegany, and Garrett.
To hunt bears in Maryland, you need a special permit from the state department of Natural season. There is also a bag limit of one deer per season.
Hunting seasons for the small game animals in Maryland include the following:
Game seasons vary for Maryland hunting zones. Also, hunters are to know that bag limits, hunting regulations, laws, and requirements vary for game animals and seasons. Hunters are advised to visit the Maryland Department for Natural Resources to obtain important information about their specific hunting season in their hunting zone.
Some of the most common wildlife and games available in Maryland include the following:
Maryland sika deer hunting and white-tailed deer are the most common species in the state. They can be found in a lot of the state hunting lands and Wildlife Management Areas. Deer inhabit the muddy habitats of Maryland especially in the eastern part of Mississippi.
Black bear hunting in Maryland is restricted to only certain counties in the state such as Frederick, Washington, Garrett, and Allegany. Special permits are issued for the hunting of bears and only one bear can be taken per hunting season.
Turkey hunting in Maryland is common in the western part of the state. There are many wildlife managements where you can hunt for turkey in the state, but the most ideal location is Dan’s mountain WMA in Allegany county because of its serene landscape of close to 10,00- acres, and its turkey population.
Duck hunting in Maryland takes place in the majority of the WMAs, but the most ideal places in the state to take ducks are the Millington WMA, Blackwater WMA, and Sassafras WMA in the eastern part of the state. Millington WMA is not only perfect for duck hunting; it is also a great location to hunt other waterfowls.
Geese are migratory birds, and the most occurring ones in Maryland are the Canadian geese. These birds nest in northern Quebec and the northeast shore of Hudson Bay. This is why Goose hunting in Maryland takes place on the eastern shore of the state where the birds usually inhabit during the hunting season.
Maryland public hunting lands have a great population of pheasants. Pheasant hunting in Maryland is welcomed because the birds destroy farmlands in the state and cause losses to grasses and insects.
The common species of quail found in Maryland is the bobwhite quail that is small and round in stature. It is a ground dwelling bird game that is fairly dispersed in the state. They occur mostly in the southern part and eastern shore.
Shooting ranges in the state that is open to the general public include the following:
Hunting lands for sale in Maryland include the following:
Hunting lands for lease in Maryland include the following: