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Natural Resources Police Offices ����������������������������� 4

Wildlife and Heritage Service Offices ��������������������������� 4

Licensing and Registration Service Centers �������������������������� 4

New Opportunities and Regulations for 2020–2021 ��������� 5

Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits ����������������������������������� 6–9

Hunting Regulations and Requirements ��������������������������� 10

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Wild Turkey Hunting ������������ 32, 33

Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking �������� 34–38

Migratory Game Bird Hunting ����������������������� 39–45

Black Bear Hunting ������������� 46, 47

Small Game Hunting ����������� 48, 49

Furbearer Hunting and Trapping ��������� 50–54

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Junior Hunter Certificates ������������������������������� 55

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Larry Hogan, Governor

Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources

Paul A. Peditto, Director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission The Wildlife Advisory

Commission was created by legislation to advise the secretary of the Department of

Natural Resources on wildlife matters. All members are appointed by the governor.

Contact the Wildlife Advisory Commission by writing to:

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife and Heritage Service Tawes State Office Building, E-1

580 Taylor Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401 or email [emailprotected]

Commissioners Luen N. Compton, Jr., Chairman

Tina R. Gregor, Vice-Chair Stephanie L. Boyles Griffin

Erik T. Gulbrandsen Joe L. Schroyer

Rand D. Weinberg Steven W. Keithley

Carl F. Wagner Joseph Michael

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife and Heritage Service Tawes State Office Building, E-1

580 Taylor Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401

410-260-8540, FAX 410-260-8596 Toll free in Maryland: 877-620-8367

TTY users call via the MD Relay dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife

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The Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Mary-land is a publication of the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Ads promoting political advocacy or ads regarding alcohol, tobacco and/or ads of a sexual nature will not be accepted. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service is not respon-sible for any advertising claims contained herein. The department disclaims any liability regarding product pricing, claims, descrip-tions, availability or condition. No warranty is expressed or implied concerning product errors, omissions or misprints.

This publication is intended as a guide only. For state laws and regulations, see the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regula-tions, Title 08 at the following web sites:• Laws: lawlib.state.md.us• Regulations:

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The facilities of the Department of Natu-ral Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days advance notice is requested. This document is available in alternative format upon request from a quali-fied individual with a disability.

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Dear Maryland Hunters and Trappers:As outdoor enthusiasts, I know we all welcome the start of the 2020-2021 hunting and trapping season! Not

only does Maryland have rich heritage steeped in the traditions of hunting and trapping, we have unique, world-class outdoor recreation experiences across our state. Our department’s wildlife professionals continue to work with many stakeholders to ensure that we manage those resources responsibly and provide you with safe and successful opportunities to hunt.

We are pleased to announce that new wildlife management areas have opened to provide even greater access to Maryland’s public lands. Hunters, trappers, and other wildlife enthusiasts will find a wonderful variety of places with diverse wildlife, terrain, and natural features to enjoy. Thanks to many private landowners, espe-cially Maryland’s farmers, our state also has a vast network of private lands that support wildlife and hunting.

Finally, an important reminder for all of us as we head outdoors to enjoy Maryland’s natural resources – stay safe, take precautions, and protect others. Wishing you a safe and fruitful season afield!

Sincerely,

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio,Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio

Greetings Maryland Hunters and Trappers:Welcome to the 2020-2021 season. This spring and summer was no-doubt one of the more remarkable and chal-

lenging times in our modern history. We learned that spending time outdoors with our families was one of the safest ways to decompress from the stress of the pandemic. As a result, thousands of Marylanders took to the fields, forests and waterways across Maryland.

Hunters and trappers know the importance and value of being outdoors as well as any enthusiast. All of you enjoy being outdoors it and embrace it as part of your life. It is more than a place to fill a tag, indeed your outdoor world is a safe and stress-easing zone that allows you the chance to disconnect from the chaos of daily life – particulary when life is at its most stressfull.

Perhaps more than any other season in recent history, the Spring 2020 turkey hunting opportunity demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm of the hunting community and their interest in being outside. Hunters across Maryland did not want to miss their chance to get outside and, in what is perhaps the purest form of social distancing, spend time in search of a spring gobbler while easing their minds of the news that surrounded us.

It was remarkable to read the tales of appreciation by so many of you who took to the fields and forests during the spring season and, irrespective of your success in tagging a turkey, found it one of the most fulfilling opportunities during that difficult time. Hunters and trappers are not immune to disease any more than those who do not hunt. But the passion of being outdoors, often with family and close friends, is a time-honored gift that keeps us emotionally and physically grounded. The spring 2020 turkey hunt was a place where many of you found that solid ground and we were pleased to be able to play a part in making it happen.

On behalf of the Wildlife and Heritage Service Team, I wish you all the best during the 2020-2021 season!

Paul A. Peditto,Director of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service

Paul A. Peditto

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ADDRESSES & PHONE NUMBERS

Maryland Natural Resources Police Offices24-Hour Emergency or to report a Natural Resources Violation: 1-800-628-9944 or 410-260-8888For hunting related questions, contact the appropriate regional office below.

Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester countiesJohnson Office- 410-548-707132144 Mt. Olive Rd.Salisbury, MD 21804

Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties

Hillsboro Office- 410-820-13173001 Starr Rd.Queen Anne, MD 21657

Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties

Broadneck Office- 410-295-46001070 East College ParkwayAnnapolis, MD 21409

Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s countiesIndian Creek Office- 1-800-419-074317823 Prince Frederick RoadHughesville, MD 20637

Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery counties and Baltimore CityGwynnbrook Office- 410-356-70603738 Gwynnbrook Ave.Owings Mills, MD 21117

Frederick and Washington countiesEcho Lake Office- 301-293-19402011 Monument Rd. Myersville, MD 21773

Allegany and Garrett countiesTown Hill Office- 301-777-777111701 Mountain Rd. N.E.Flintstone, MD 21530

Emergencies on BoatsUse VHF Marine Channel 16 (156.800 MHz, the nearest Natural Resources Police or Coast Guard will assist you) or dial 911

Maryland Natural Resources Police has partnered with Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers to prevent poaching of our fish and wildlife resources. Are you aware of a poaching situation? Have you witnessed a wildlife crime? You can remain

anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Call or text Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 1-443-433-4112 or email [emailprotected]. You can also report violations from your phone using the Maryland DNR App!

Law Enforcement Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service410-228-2475 (Cambridge)

Wildlife and Heritage Service OfficesPlease contact local offices listed below for more information on any of the following issues: bag limits, hunting licenses, hunting permits and their requirements, hunting seasons, Junior Hunt Days, managed hunts, permits and their requirements, public hunting areas, stamps, trapping seasons and wildlife regulations. For information on specific public lands use the phone numbers listed in the Public Hunting Lands section of this guide (pg. 56).

Headquarters Tawes State Office Building, E-1580 Taylor Ave.Annapolis, MD 21401410-260-8540; FAX 410-260-8596

Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s countiesSouthern Region Main Office5625 Myrtle Grove Rd.LaPlata, MD 20646301-743-5161, FAX 301-743-7317

Myrtle Grove WMA5625 Myrtle Grove Rd.LaPlata, MD 20646Reservations and permits are only available through 301-743-5161, Hours: 8a.m.–noon, Aug. 11, 2020–Jan. 29,2021, FAX 301-743-7317

Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington countiesWestern Region Main Office12512 Pleasant Valley Road N.E.Flintstone, MD 21530301-777-2136; FAX 301-777-2029

Mt. Nebo WMA1728 Kings Run Rd.,Oakland, MD 21550301-334-4255; FAX 301-334-6541

Billmeyer WMA11701 Mountain Rd., NEFlintstone, MD 21530301-478-2525; FAX 301-777-9723

Indian Springs WMA14038 Blairs Valley Rd.Clear Spring, MD 21722301-842-2702; FAX 301-842-1026

Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery counties and Baltimore CityCentral Region Main Office3740 Gwynnbrook Ave.Owings Mills, MD 21117410-356-0941, FAX 410-356-5063

Gwynnbrook WMA3740 Gwynnbrook Ave.Owings Mills, MD 21117Reservations and permits are only available through 410-356-9272, Hours: 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m., Aug. 10, 2020-Jan. 29, 2021

Bel Air Wildlife Office2 S. Bond St., Suite 101Bel Air, MD 21014410-836-4559; FAX 410-836-4552

Seneca Wildlife Office11960 Clopper Rd,Gaithersburg, MD 20878301-258-7308

Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester countiesEastern Region Main OfficeP.O. Box 68Wye Mills, MD 21679410-827-8612, ext.105

Millington WMAP.O. Box 5233626 Maryland Line Rd.Massey, MD 21650410-928-3650; FAX 410-928-5482

LeCompte WMA4220 Steele Neck Rd.Vienna, MD 21869410-376-3236, FAX 410-376-3916

Wellington WMA32733 Dublin Rd.Princess Anne, MD 21853410-651-2065

Licensing and Registration Service CentersLicensing and Registration Service Centers offer the following: boat dealer licenses, commercial fishing licenses, hunting licenses, off-road vehicle permits, recreational fishing licenses and vessel titles and registration. Information about Department of Natural Resources locations and activi-ties, safety classes for hunters and boaters and state parks and forests is also available. Visit dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx.

Annapolis Service Center160 Harry S Truman Pkwy.mailing address: PO Box 1869Annapolis, MD 21401866-344-8889 (toll free in MD), 410-260-3220

Bel Air Service Center501 West MacPhail Rd. #2Bel Air, MD 21014866-623-3187 (toll free in MD), 410-836-4550

Centreville Service Center120 Broadway Ave., STE 5Centreville, MD 21617866-439-1708 (toll free in MD), 410-819-4100

Cumberland Service Center13300 Winchester Rd., SWCumberland, MD 21502866-344-8889 (toll free in MD),301-777-2134Tuesday and Thursday; walk in only, no mail in applications

Essex Service Center1338 Eastern Blvd. A Essex, MD 21221866-535-8319 (toll free in MD), 667-401-0760; (Mon., Wed., and Fri.; walk-in only, no mail-in applications)

Frederick Service Center1601-A Bowmans Farm Rd.Frederick, MD 21701866-679-0906 (toll free in MD), 240-236-9950

Solomons Service Center14175 Solomons Island Rd. Smailing address: P.O.Box 1309Solomons, MD 20688866-688-3823 (toll free in MD), 410-535-3382

Salisbury Service Center251 Tilghman Rd., Room #2Salisbury, MD 21801866-812-1678 (toll free in MD), 410-713-3840

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NEW HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES AND REGULATIONS FOR 2020–2021

• Rifles and handguns that fire straight-walled cartridges may now be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt days statewide. See map on page 15.

• There is a new Suburban Deer Management Zone comprised of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Archery Season antlerless deer bag limit is unlimited in the Suburban Deer Management Zone. See page 14.

• Coyotes may now be hunted year-round statewide during the day and night. See page 51.

• There are new Primitive Deer Hunt Days on February 1-3, 2021. Hunters may only use long bows, recurve bows or flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloaders during these days. See page 16.

• The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may now be used in Region A under certain circ*mstances. See page 17.

• Active duty military and honorably discharged veterans now have two special waterfowl hunt days. See page 40.

• Waterfowl hunting at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Manage-ment Area impoundments has a new schedule of available dates. All available dates for the regular duck season at the Deal Island im-poundment will now require a permit issued by lottery. See page 58.

• The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be offer-ing “do-it-yourself” hunts for stocked pheasants in 2020. The pheasant hunts will take place on public lands across the state. Apprentice license holders, junior license holders, new hunters and hunters who have previously held a Maryland hunting license but have let it lapse are eligible to apply. See page 48.

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Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits

Full Season Hunting Licenses are valid from the day they are issued through the next July 31. A hunting license year is August 1 through the next July 31.

Be aware that a hunting license holder is required to have a printed paper copy or electronic copy of their hunting license in their possession while hunting.

Hunter Education and Safety RequirementTo hunt or purchase a hunting license state law requires:• Presentation of a Certificate of Competency

in Firearms and Hunting Safety (required of all first time hunters), or

• Certification that you held a hunting license issued prior to July 1, 1977, or

• Certification that you hunted on private property prior to July 1, 1977, and were legally exempt from purchasing a hunting license, or

• Certification that you are purchasing a nonresident 3-day license (this page) and will only hunt waterfowl.

Exceptions: Compliance with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement does not apply to those who are hunting only waterfowl with a Nonresident 3-day Waterfowl and Small Game License (this page) and those shooting under a Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License who are not hunting wild or free-flying captive-raised mallards (see Regulated Shoot-ing Area Hunting License, pg. 7).

The Natural Resources Police, Safety Educa-tion and Outreach Unit provides the Hunter Education Course required to obtain the Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunter Safety. In addition to traditional class-room courses, an online course is available for those age 13 and older that requires a mandatory one day Hunter Education Field Day Workshop.

Information about Hunter Education Courses, Boating Safety Education Courses and Trapper Education is available from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, Safety Education and Outreach Unit, 305 Marine Academy Drive, Suite 1, Stevensville, MD 21666, 410-643-8502 and by visiting the website at dnr.maryland.gov/nrp/Pages/default.aspx

Note: RESIDENT Junior Hunters (under 16 years of age) are entitled to a one-time FREE annual hunting license, Archery Stamp

and Muzzleloader Stamp upon successful completion of a Hunter Education Course. Please bring or fax the form provided by the course instructor to any Licensing and Reg-istration Service Center (pg. 4). A Maryland resident who completes a Hunter Educa-tion Course in another state may contact a Licensing Service Center for the required application form.

Full Season Hunting LicensesA Full Season Hunting License allows a person to hunt all legal game birds and mammals that are in season. There are additional stamps or permits required for hunting deer, migratory game birds, fur-bearers and bear (see each game section for its requirements).An Apprentice Hunting License is avail-able for first time hunters. The Appren-tice Hunting License is a one-time license available to both residents and nonresi-dents who have never hunted before.

Resident Apprentice Hunting License �����������������������������������������$10For first-time Maryland resident hunters of any age who never held a Maryland hunt-ing license.

A person may not purchase an Appren-tice Hunting License if they have previously obtained any hunting license in Maryland.

Use of an Apprentice Hunting License requires the following:• Successful completion of a short, online

hunter safety course is required prior to purchasing this license.

• Appropriate stamps are required to hunt migratory birds (pg. 7, federal and state duck stamps) and deer (pgs. 7,8) Archery, Bonus Antlered and Muzzle-loader Stamps).

• The apprentice hunter must be accompa-nied and directly supervised by a Mary-land resident at least 18 years old who possesses a valid Maryland non-apprentice hunting license.

• The apprentice and mentor hunter must hunt in close proximity so that the mentor can take immediate control of the appren-tice hunter’s hunting device.

• The apprentice hunter can hunt unaccom-panied if the full hunter safety course was taken and a Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunting Safety was acquired.

Nonresident Apprentice Hunting License ������������������������������������������$20For first-time non-resident hunters of any age who never held a Maryland hunting license.

Applicants must comply with the requirements listed above.

Resident Regular Hunting License ����$24�50For Maryland residents age 16 to 64.

Resident Junior Hunting License �������$10�50 For Maryland residents under 16 years of age. Written permission of parent or guard-ian is required.

Resident Senior Hunting License �������������$5For Maryland residents age 65 and above. It may be purchased in the calendar year in which a resident attains the age of 65.

Senior Lifetime Consolidated LicenseThis license is no longer available for pur-chase. Persons who already hold this license are “grandfathered” and:• Do not need to purchase the Senior Hunting

License, Archery or Muzzleloader Stamps.• Must buy a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp to

hunt a bonus antlered deer.• Must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game

Bird Stamp to hunt migratory game birds.• Must buy a Managed Hunt Permit (where

required).• Must purchase a Furbearer Permit to hunt

or chase furbearers.• Hunters must keep a record of their

confirmation numbers by using the Big Game Harvest Record provided with their license, creating their own record or stor-ing a record electronically on their mobile device. Proof of harvest must be furnished upon request. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking (pgs. 34-35).

Nonresident Hunting License ����������������$130For hunters who are not Maryland residents and are age 16 to 64.

Nonresident Junior Hunting License ������������������������������������ $32�50For hunters who are not Maryland residents and are under 16 years of age. Written permis-sion of parent or guardian is required.

Nonresident Senior Hunting License ������������������������������������������$65For hunters who are not Maryland residents and are age 65 or older. This license may be purchased in the calendar year in which a nonresident attains the age of 65.

Other Hunting LicensesNonresident 3-Day Waterfowl and Small Game License ��������������������������$45• This license allows nonresidents of

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Maryland to hunt all legal game in sea-son except deer, bear and turkey for three consecutive legal hunting days.

• A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is required to hunt migratory game birds with this license.

• A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is required to hunt waterfowl and coots with this license.

• A Furbearer Permit is required to hunt, chase or trap furbearers with a Non-resident 3-Day Waterfowl and Small Game License.

• The Hunter Education and Safety Requirement does not apply to hunting only wild waterfowl with this license.

Nonresident Trapping License ���������� $25�50This license is required for nonresidents to trap furbearers (pg. 50-54) in Maryland in addition to a Nonresident Hunting License and an Individual Furbearer Permit.

Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License ��������������������������������������������$6This license allows a person to shoot cap-tive-raised game birds on a state-licensed

Regulated Shooting Area only.• A Regulated Shooting Area Hunting

License and the purchase of a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp allows a person to shoot tower-released, flighted mallards on a Regulated Shooting Area.

• This license cannot be used to hunt wild or free-flying, captive-raised waterfowl on a Regulated Shooting Area.

• To hunt free-flying, captive-raised mallard ducks or wild waterfowl on a state-licensed Regulated Shooting Area a hunter must possess a Maryland hunt-ing license, the printed validation show-ing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and Harvest Information Program certification and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp or its proof of pur-chase (if over the age of 15).

• A Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License is not required if you have a valid Full Season Hunting License.

• Hunters on Regulated Shooting Areas may shoot captive-raised game birds on Sundays.

Stationary Blind and Blind Site License ���������������������������������������$20

A Stationary Blind and Blind Site License allows a person to have an offshore waterfowl blind or blind site in Maryland public waters. For Maryland Offshore Waterfowl Hunting infor-mation see: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/offshore_intro.aspx.

Hunting StampsFederal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp At National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Post Offices and at duckstamp.com ������������������������������������� $25From the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ OR any Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4) OR a Sport License agent ������������������������������ $27A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conser-vation Stamp (federal duck stamp) is required of all hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt brant, coots, ducks and geese (pg. 39).

Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp ����$9A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is required of all hunters to hunt all migratory game birds in Maryland.

Resident Archery Stamp ����������������������������$6Nonresident Archery Stamp ���������������� $25

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Speed and handling come standard. Hunting permit’s on you. Speeds up to 40 mph. Plus best-in-class acceleration and handling* with cargo. The gas-powered Sidekick was born for your next hunt. Visit us today.

Sidekick.Kubota.com*Class is based on these models: Polaris Ranger XP 900, John Deere XUV835M & Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXR. The handling comparison was performed on the FSAE SKIDPAD course in gravel conditions.© Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2020. This material is for descriptive purposes only. Kubota disclaims all representations and warranties, express or implied, or any liability from the use of this material. For complete warranty, safety and product information, consult your local Kubota dealer. For the complete disclaimer, go to KubotaUSA.com/disclaimers and see the posted disclaimer.

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MAKE THE CUT: Depend on the Z700 commercial grade zero-turn mower for durability and all-around performance with 48, 54 or 60-inch decks.

GET THERE: With a powerful 24.8 HP* Kubota diesel engine, the RTV-X1100 is redefined, rugged and ready to help you accomplish your chores in comfort from a spacious, all-weather cab.

DO MORE: Kubota’s Standard L Series is available in 2WD or 4WD and delivers both performance and quality. Engine, transmission and all integral components are manufactured by Kubota. Features a comfortable, ergonomic seat and intuitive operator controls.

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Speed and handling come standard. Hunting permit’s on you. Speeds up to 40 mph. Plus best-in-class acceleration and handling* with cargo. The gas-powered Sidekick was born for your next hunt. Visit us today.

Sidekick.Kubota.com*Class is based on these models: Polaris Ranger XP 900, John Deere XUV835M & Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXR. The handling comparison was performed on the FSAE SKIDPAD course in gravel conditions.© Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2020. This material is for descriptive purposes only. Kubota disclaims all representations and warranties, express or implied, or any liability from the use of this material. For complete warranty, safety and product information, consult your local Kubota dealer. For the complete disclaimer, go to KubotaUSA.com/disclaimers and see the posted disclaimer.

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An Archery Stamp is required to hunt deer during the Archery Season (pg. 16-23).

Resident Muzzleloader Stamp ������������������$6Nonresident Muzzleloader Stamp ������ $25A Muzzleloader Stamp is required to hunt deer during the Muzzleloader Season (pg. 16-24).

NOTE: Exceptions to the Archery and Muzzleloader Stamp requirements: Hunt-ers entitled to hunt without a license and hunters with a Senior Lifetime Consolidated License do not need to purchase an Archery or Muzzleloader Stamp.

Resident Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp ���$10Nonresident Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp ��������������������������������������������� $25A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp allows hunting license holders to take one additional antlered white-tailed deer during one of the hunting seasons (Archery, Muzzleloader or Firearms), (pg. 16).

Hunting PermitsArchery Hunting Permit for the Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs ������������������������� FREEIssued in cooperation of the Maryland Depart-ment of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heri-tage Service and the City of Baltimore Bureau of Water and Wastewater. Allows archery hunting only on the Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs (pg. 59).Central Region Public Hunting Permit ������������������������������������ FREERequired for certain public hunting areas in Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Kent and Queen Anne’s Coun-ties. To obtain the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit apply online at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/wmacentral.aspx. Please call the Gwynnbrook Office at 410-356-9272 between 7:30-11:30 a.m. with questions or for instructions on how to apply by mail or in person.Southern Region Public Hunting Permit ������������������������������������ FREERequired for certain public hunting areas in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. You can now apply for the Southern Region Hunting Permit online. For information, go to dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/wmasouthern.aspx. For questions regarding specific areas and other methods to apply, please call the Myrtle Grove office at 301-743-5161 between 8 a.m.- noon.

Individual Furbearer Permit ������������������������$5Group Furbearer Permit ������������������������$10

A Furbearer Permit is required to hunt, chase or trap any furbearer (pg. 50-54).

Managed Hunt Permit �������������������������������$35The annual Managed Hunt Permit is required to hunt Department of Natural Resources proper-ties that charge for managed hunts and covers all such hunts on these lands (pg. 27-30).

Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit �����������������������������������������������$5A Maryland Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit is required to partici-pate in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season (pg. 42).

Hunting FeesBlack Bear Hunt Lottery Application Fee ���������������������������������������$15A Black Bear Hunting Permit is only avail-able through the Maryland Black Bear Lottery process. The lottery application fee is non-refundable (pg. 46).

Purple Heart RecipientsMaryland residents who were recipients of the Purple Heart Award are eligible for a discounted hunting license and any associated stamps and permits. This year’s discounted rate is 50 percent of the regular price of the license or stamp. These discounted hunting licenses and stamps can only be purchased in person at a Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4). Documentation proving the Purple Heart Award was received by the hunter must be provided at the time of purchase. The Purple Heart medal does not suffice as proof of receiv-ing the award. All other requirements apply, for obtaining a hunting license and stamps.

Complimentary DAV-POW Hunting LicensesA Complimentary Lifetime Hunting License is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a 100 percent service-connected disabled American veteran (Veterans

Administration documentation is required).• This free lifetime hunting license is avail-

able only at Licensing and Registration Service Centers (pg. 4).

• This license also includes free, lifetime Archery Stamps, Muzzleloader Stamps and Furbearer Permits.

• The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp are required to be purchased annually and are not included with this license.

• Deer and turkey hunters must keep a record of their confirmation numbers by using the Big Game Harvest Record provided with their license, creating their own record or storing a record electronically on their mobile device. Proof of harvest must be fur-nished upon request. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking (pgs. 34-38).

Members of the Armed Forces Hunting In MarylandActive duty members of the Armed Forces stationed in Maryland:• are considered residents of Maryland.• must comply with the Hunter Education

and Safety Requirement (pg. 6). • must purchase a Resident Hunting License

and all required stamps and permits before hunting, unless they are on official leave and possess a copy of their official leave orders.

• while hunting during official leave in Maryland with a copy of their official leave orders: » do not need to purchase a hunt-

ing license, deer stamps or Managed Hunt Permit.

» must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp and a Furbearer Permit to pursue mi-gratory game birds and furbearers.

ONLINE LICENSE SYSTEM

The web-based COMPASS licensing system provides the fastest and greenest way to pur-chase your hunting license. In addition to our eight Licensing and Registration Service Centers and more than 250 sport license agents, this web-based system is available 24/7 for self-ser-vice online purchases. Connect to COMPASS through dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx.

On your first visit, you will supply your personal information. You will receive a free DNRid number and can then print your free DNRid Card. Your DNRid number is all that will be needed to locate your account for future purchases. You may print your license and receipt at the end of your purchase. A confirmation email will be provided shortly after purchase. Hunting and recre-ational fishing licenses can be reprinted at any time, free of charge. Hunters can print additional Big Game Harvest Records and check your harvest, both free, through COMPASS online.

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Any nonresident serving in the Armed Forces who is on leave in Maryland, but not stationed in Maryland, must purchase a Nonresident Hunting License before hunting.

Who May Hunt Without a Hunting LicenseAll Maryland hunters must comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Require-ment (pg. 6).

You are not required to possess a Maryland hunting license if you are:• a resident of Maryland (or their spouse)

who owns property and who hunts only on that property. This also applies to: » The landowner’s children and grand-

children if they are under the age of 16. » The landowner’s children and grand-

children, and the spouse of the chil-dren or grandchildren, regardless of age, if the child, grandchild, or their spouse lives on the property, or has worked on the property for at least 30 days during the preceding 12 months, or manages the property. (Each person must individually qualify under these criteria. To qualify for this exemption, a landowner does not need to live on the property but must be able to prove ownership.)

• A person (or their spouse) who holds land under lease for agricultural purposes (or a sharecropper), and lives on this farm-land, and hunts only on this farmland. This also applies to: » The lessee’s children and grandchildren

if they are under the age of 16. » The lessee’s children and grandchil-

dren, and their spouses, if the child, grandchild, or spouse of the child or grandchild, lives on the property, or has worked on the property for at least 30 days during the preceding 12 months, or manages the property.

• A nonresident (or their spouse) who owns a contiguous piece of farmland that is in both Virginia and Maryland and the person’s primary residence is on the Virginia portion of the property. Thus, they may hunt on the Maryland portion of the property without a Maryland hunting license. This also applies to the owner’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16.

• A Maryland resident serving in the Armed Forces who is on official leave in Mary-land (whether stationed in Maryland or outside Maryland) and possesses a copy of official leave orders while hunting.

• A person serving in the Armed Forces

who has a service-connected disability and possesses a valid military identification while hunting.

• A person who is a retired former member of the Armed Services and hunting on farmland that is in active farming status and owned by the person or the per-son’s spouse, child, child’s spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, niece or nephew. A retired former armed forces member who hunts on farmland without a hunt-ing license must possess the retired military identification card and written permission from the owner of the farm property specifying the relationship of the person to the owner of the property.

Be aware that hunters not required to have a license:• must obtain a free DNRid number avail-

able through the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ OR any Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4) OR a Sport License agent.

• must keep a record of their deer and tur-key confirmation numbers by using the Big Game Harvest Record provided with their license, creating their own record or stor-ing a record electronically on their mobile device. Proof of harvest must be furnished upon request. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking (pgs. 34-38).

• must have a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp to hunt migratory game birds.

• must possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp to hunt waterfowl and coots.

• must obtain a Furbearer Permit to hunt, trap or chase any furbearer.

• are not required to purchase Archery Deer Stamps, Muzzleloader Deer Stamps or Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps.

Nonresidents of Maryland who own property in the state and hunt on that property are required to purchase a Nonresident Hunt-ing License and all other appropriate stamps and permits.

Individuals who are exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements are subject to all state and federal laws and regulations relative to hunting and trapping.

Universal Disability PassHunters with mobility impairments may obtain a free Universal Disability Pass that will allow them to hunt from a vehicle in desig-nated areas. Applications are available from the website dnr.maryland.gov/Documents/vehiclept.pdf. See Public Hunting Lands (pgs. 56-59)

for areas that have provisions for the mobility impaired. Please contact each area for their specific conditions.

Purchasing Your Hunting Licenses, Stamps and PermitsA DNRid number is required to obtain hunt-ing and trapping licenses, stamps and permits.

A DNRid Card and number, hunting licenses, stamps, permits and Big Game Har-vest Records are available through:• the COMPASS portal at dnr.maryland.gov/

Pages/licensing.aspx.• Licensing and Registration Service Cen-

ters- Services, hours, addresses and phone numbers are listed on page 4.

• Sport License Agents- A list of agents is available at: dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx and your local Licensing and Registra-tion Service Center can provide the location for Sport License agents near you.

You may obtain a hunting license 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the COMPASS portal at dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx. You may print your license and receipt at the end of your purchase. A confirmation email will be provided shortly after purchase. You may print or reprint your license then and do so any time through the COMPASS portal. The license immediately authorizes your participa-tion in all purchased activities, including deer and turkey hunting. Supporting documents for some privileges will be mailed. Payment can be made by Visa, Master Card or Discover.

You may obtain a Hunting License Appli-cation by calling or visiting a Licensing and Registration Service Center or from the website: dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx. Complete all applicable sections and mail it with the appropriate fee to any Licensing and Registra-tion Service Center (pg. 4).

Lost or damaged hunting licenses can be reprinted for free. Call any Licensing and Registration Service Center or log into your account at compass.dnr.maryland.gov.

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Hunting Regulations and Requirements

General Regulations• A hunter must carry personal photo iden-

tification (such as a driver’s license) or a secondary form of positive identification while hunting.

• A hunting license holder is required to have a printed paper copy or electronic copy of their hunting license in their possession while hunting.

• It is unlawful to hunt any game bird or mam-mal while under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic drug.

• It is unlawful to hunt any animal other than deer on the first day of Deer Firearms Sea-son, except sea ducks in the Sea Duck Zone.

• It is a violation of law to cast the rays of an artificial light from a vehicle on dwellings or buildings, fields, livestock, orchards, wild mammals and birds, or woods. However, in Baltimore City, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, a person may cast the rays of an artificial light from a vehicle for the sole purpose of observing or photograph-ing wildlife until 9 p.m. A person may not have a hunting device in their possession while casting rays of an artificial light. Note: coyotes, foxes, opossums or raccoons may be hunted on foot at nighttime during open season with the use of a dog and light.

• Safety Zones: It is illegal to hunt, shoot or trap wildlife within 150 yards of any building or camp occupied by human beings without permission of the owner or occupant. For archery hunters this distance is 100 yards in Anne Arundel County and 50 yards in Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Montgom-ery, St. Mary’s, and Washington counties. In Harford, archers must use a tree stand when hunting between 50 and 100 yards of any building or camp occupied by human beings. In Montgomery and Washington counties, archers must be in an elevated position when hunting between 50 and 100 yards of any building or camp occupied by human beings.

• It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 300 yards of a public or nonpublic school while hunting. This prohibition only applies during school hours or when the building is occupied. This safety zone does not apply to colleges, universities or home schools.

• It is unlawful to tamper with and remove the catch from any legally set trap.

Hunting on Private PropertyWritten permission is required from the prop-erty owner to hunt or trap on private property in all counties.

LiabilityAny person hunting on private property shall be liable for any damage caused by that person to private property while hunting. The landowner may not be liable for accidental injury or damage to the hunter, whether or not the landowner or the landowner’s agent or lessee has given permis-sion to hunt. For additional information regard-ing landowner liability read Bulletin EB357 (Landowner Liability and Recreational Access) at the University of Maryland Extension’s web-site (https://extension.umd.edu/learn/publications/landowner-liability-and-recreational-access-eb-357).

Controlling Hunter Use of Private PropertyPosting property boundaries in a conspicuous manner makes it illegal to trespass or for any person to enter without the landowner’s per-mission. Maryland law allows the use of blue paint stripes and/or signs to indicate private property boundaries. Vertical paint marks at least 2 inches in width and 8 inches in length must be centered at least 3 feet, but no more than 6 feet, from the ground or water surface. The paint must be oil-based and bright blue.

Sunday Hunting • A person who possesses a Falconry Permit

may hunt specified game birds and mam-mals on Sundays during the open season (pgs. 43 and 54).

• An unarmed person participating in an orga-nized fox chase may chase foxes on Sundays.

• Persons hunting on Regulated Shooting Areas may shoot captive raised game birds (except free-flying captive-raised waterfowl) on Sundays.

• Persons may hunt deer (pg. 20), turkeys (pg. 33), small game (pg. 49) and furbearers (pg. 51) on certain Sundays in certain areas.

State Owned Lands• It is illegal to target shoot on state lands

except in designated areas.• It is a violation of law to construct or use

permanent blinds or tree stands on state-owned or controlled properties, unless provided by the Department of Natural Resources. Tree stands and blinds are lim-ited to those of a temporary nature which must be removed at the end of each day.

• It is unlawful to trap on state lands without written permission from the controlling agency.

• It is illegal to place bait for hunting on state lands.

Fluorescent Color Clothing Requirements and ExceptionsDaylight fluorescent orange or daylight

fluorescent pink clothing promotes hunter safety because it is easy for other hunters to see outdoors. Except as noted in the exemptions below, a day-light fluorescent color outer garment or hat must be worn by all people who hunt any wildlife or accompany, aid or assist a hunter in a field, marsh, wooded area or on the water. Even those who are exempt from this requirement are encouraged to wear fluorescent color clothing when hunting.

Whenever hunting, both hunters and compan-ions must wear either:• a cap of solid daylight fluorescent orange or

daylight fluorescent pink color worn as an outer garment on the head at all times;

• a vest or jacket containing back and front panels of at least 250 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink color worn as an outer garment at all times; or

• an outer garment of camouflage daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink worn above the waist which contains at least 50 percent daylight fluorescent color.

Persons required to wear fluorescent color cloth-ing that hunt from a ground blind that has four sides, a top and is placed 4 feet or less above the ground must display, on or within 25 feet of the blind, a cap of solid daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink color or a panel, band, strip, or garment containing at least 250 square inches (approximately 16 inches by 16 inches) of solid daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink color.

Be aware that:• Property owners and their spouses and

children (while hunting on the property owned) are required to wear fluorescent color clothing.

• Those who hunt with archery equipment during the Junior Deer Hunt Days, Deer Firearms Season, Deer Muzzleloader Season and Primitive Deer Hunt Days are required to wear fluorescent color clothing.

• Deer archery hunters hunting in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington coun-ties during the open black bear season are required to wear fluorescent color clothing.

Those exempt from the requirement of wearing fluorescent color clothing are:• except as noted above, a person who hunts

deer during the Deer Archery Season.• a person authorized by a Falconry Permit who

hunts game birds or mammals using falcons, hawks or owls.

• a person who hunts or accompanies, aids or assists another person hunting the following species: brant, coot, crow, dove, ducks, furbear-ing mammals, geese, rails, snipe, wild turkey.

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Hunting Safety Tips

Tree stands can be dangerous if they are used incorrectly or carelessly. Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of hunter injuries in Maryland. This follows the national trend in that over 50 percent of all hunting accidents are tree stand related. Most tree stand accidents occur in transition from a climbing device to the tree stand and from the tree stand onto the climbing device. Other injuries occur when the tree stand fails or from the incorrect instal-lation of a manufactured stand. Please follow these safety tips. Your life or livelihood may depend on it.• Always read, understand and practice the

manufacturer’s recommendations before using any climbing equipment or tree stand.

• Check and repair all tree stands and climb-ing equipment every year before hunting.

• Use updated equipment. Newer tree stand equipment is solid, safe and secure.

• Always practice installing a hang-on tree stand at ground level before attempting an elevated installation.

• Always use a full-body safety harness/fall restraint system and a lifeline when climbing a tree or in a tree stand. Never use a waist belt or rope as a substitute for this safety equipment.

• Only climb healthy trees.• Use your climbing device or tree stand for

support; branches may give way under your weight.

• Use three points of contact with the tree or climbing device for a secure hold.

• Climb higher than your stand and step down onto it. Climbing up into the stand can dislodge it causing a fall.

• Wear boots with non-skid soles. Steps or platforms may be slippery in rain, sleet, or snow.

• When using a two piece climbing stand, make sure to connect the two pieces with a strap or rope to prevent the bottom por-tion from dropping away.

• Never carry anything while you are climb-ing. Use a haul line to get hunting devices and other equipment into and out of your stand. Make sure guns and crossbows are unloaded and broadheads are covered prior to raising or lowering them with a haul line.

• As a precautionary measure, clear the ground of debris below your stand and climbing device.

• If you are sleepy, climb down from your stand and hunt from the ground.

• Leave a hunting plan with a responsible adult or where rescuers will find it. Include specifically where you will hunt and when

you will return. Include a map to better explain your location.

• Keep a survival pack with you that includes a whistle, cell phone, flashlight and a basic first aid kit.

• Never hunt from a tree stand without using a full-body safety harness.

• More information on tree stand safety is available at tmastands.com.

Firearms Safety Tips

• Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Never play with a firearm.

• Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to shoot.

• Always control the muzzle direction in case of a fall.

• Keep the barrel and action clear of obstruc-tions. Carry only the proper ammunition for your firearm.

• Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. Always know the identifying features of the game you hunt.

• Unload guns and open the action when not in use.

• Never climb a tree or jump a ditch with a loaded gun. Never pull the gun toward you by the muzzle.

• Never shoot a bullet at flat, hard surfaces or water.

• Store guns and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children and careless adults. Use trigger locks.

• Never use alcoholic beverages or medi-cations that cause drowsiness before or during the use of a firearm.

Archery Safety Tips

• Always identify your target and back-ground before you shoot.

• Never walk or climb a tree with a knocked arrow in a vertical bow or a crossbow loaded with a bolt.

• Unload or unco*ck your crossbow before transporting. An unloaded crossbow does not have a bolt or arrow in the firing posi-tion. Unco*ck it by using an unco*cking device or by shooting into a safe backstop.

• Keep your fingers and thumb down on the crossbow forearm out of the path of travel for the string and cables.

• Never shoot if there is a doubt about the shot.

• Never shoot if the animal is alert and excited.

• Know exactly where the arrow or bolt will hit before you pull the trigger or release the string (practice, practice, practice).

• Limit shots to distances you are accurate and comfortable with (typically 40 yards maximum for crossbows and 30 yards for vertical bows).

• Always use manufacturer recommended arrow or bolt weights.

• Practice with the same type broadhead you plan to hunt with.

Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Follow these suggestions to ensure a safe tur-key hunting experience:• Leave the area if you suspect there’s another

hunter already working the same bird. • Resist the urge to stalk turkey sounds as

they could be made by another hunter. • Select a spot that is in open timber rather

than thick brush: wearing camouflage clothing and eliminating movement is more critical to success than hiding in heavy cover.

• Sit against a large stump, blow-down, tree trunk or rock that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head when calling wild turkeys.

• Never wear bright colors, especially not red, white, blue or black because these are the colors of a wild turkey gobbler. Watch out for red, white or blue on your socks, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, bandanas etc. Wear dark undershirts and socks, and pants long enough to be tucked into boots.

• Remain still and speak in a loud, clear voice to announce your presence to other hunters if necessary. Never move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter of your presence.

• Keep your hands and head camouflaged when calling.

• Maintain a clear field of view when using a camouflage blind or netting.

• Ensure your decoy is not visible when you are transporting it. Stash the decoy in your vest and make sure the head is not sticking out.

• If you harvest a wild turkey during your hunting trip, you should cover the bird’s head and body when carrying it out from your hunting spot.

• Put your gun’s safety on and approach the downed bird with your firearm pointed in a safe direction after firing. Never run with a firearm.

• Use extreme caution if using a turkey decoy or any part of a decoy to shield your approach to a turkey. This action could draw the attention of another hunter and lead to an accident.

HUNTING SAFETY TIPS

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General Deer Hunting Rules

• A hunter must carry personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license) or a secondary form of positive identifica-tion while hunting.

• Written permission is required to hunt on private land.

• A hunting license is required to hunt deer (with exceptions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces information and hunt-ing license costs, exceptions, purchasing, requirements and types.

• An Archery Stamp is required for Archery Deer Season and when using bows dur-ing the Primitive Deer Hunt Days. A Muzzleloader Stamp is required for Muz-zleloader Deer Season and when using a muzzleloader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days (pgs. 7-8, 16-18, 22-24).

• There are tagging and checking require-ments for all deer harvested. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking for instructions (pgs. 34-35).

• There are daylight fluorescent color clothing requirements to hunt deer. See Fluorescent Color Clothing Requirements and Exceptions (pg. 10).

• Archery equipment may be used to hunt deer during all of the deer hunt-ing seasons. This includes the Junior Deer Hunt Days. Hunters may only use long bows or recurve bows during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• Muzzleloading firearms may only be used to hunt deer during the Muzzle-loader Season, Firearms Season, Junior Deer Hunt Days and Primitive Deer Hunt Days. Hunters may only use flintlock or sidelock percussion muzzleloaders during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• Shotguns or rifles and handguns that fire straight-walled cartridges may be used to hunt deer in all counties during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days.

• Rifles and handguns that shoot bottle-neck cartridges may only be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in certain counties and areas (see map and descrip-tion, pg. 15).

• Air guns that shoot bullets, arrows or bolts may be used to hunt deer in all counties during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days only.

• Deer harvested must count toward the bag limit of the season in which they are taken, please note: » Deer harvested with archery equip-

ment during the antlerless-only sec-ond split of the early Muzzleloader Season in Region B must count to-ward the Archery Season bag limit.

• Hunters may not carry archery equip-ment and muzzleloaders at the same time when Archery Season and Muzzle-loader Season are in concurrently. This includes the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• Telescopic and electronic aiming devices may be used on all devices legal for hunt-ing deer during the Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons and Junior Deer Hunt Days. Telescopic and electronic aiming devices may not be used during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• The antlered white-tailed deer bag limit is statewide. It applies to both Region A and Region B together.

• Antlerless white-tailed deer bag limits are separate and independent for Region A and Region B.

• Sika deer bag limits are independent of the white-tailed deer bag limits.

• Only one antlered white-tailed deer may be taken per day within the season bag limits. There is no restriction on the num-ber of antlerless deer that may be taken per day within the season bag limits.

• Daily deer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with the exception of certain Sundays in certain counties (see Sunday hunting chart, pg. 20).

• Recorded or electrically amplified calls or sounds are prohibited for the purpose of deer hunting.

• Non-electronic deer calls are permitted for deer hunting.

• Dogs cannot be used to hunt deer except trained tracking dogs may be used to find dead, wounded or injured deer. The dog handler must maintain physical con-trol of the tracking dog at all times and only the hunter and dog handler may carry a hunting device while tracking the deer. Prior to tracking the deer, the hunter must notify the Natural Resources Police by telephone at 800-628-9944. The hunter may dispatch the deer only during legal shooting hours and by means legal for the current hunting season.

• Deer may not be hunted while they are swimming or taking refuge in water.

• Fallow deer (where they are found) may be taken in place of white-tailed deer during each of the deer hunting seasons. Fallow deer have escaped from captiv-ity and are found in a few isolated areas in Maryland.

• It is legal to bait deer except on state-owned or state-controlled properties.

• A person that intentionally wounds or kills a deer must make a reasonable attempt to retrieve and make use of the deer. This includes hunters and persons shooting under the authority of a Deer Management Permit (crop damage permit).

• A person must have written permission when entering lands owned by another person or organization for the purpose of retrieving a deer. Some publicly owned properties also require permission before a person may access them.

• It is unlawful to cast the rays of an arti-ficial light from a vehicle on buildings or dwellings, fields, livestock, orchards, wild mammals and birds or woods. See General Hunting Regulations for excep-tions (pg. 10).

DEER HUNTING

Deer hunting regulations are divided by regions. There are two Deer Management Regions whose dividing line is in Washington County (see map, pg. 14). There are also rules and seasons for archery, firearms (including air guns) and muzzleloader deer hunting.

Junior Deer Hunt Days ............................................................................................pg. 16Antlered White-tailed Deer, Statewide Seasons ....................................................pg. 16Antlerless White-tailed Deer Seasons, Region A...................................................pg. 17Antlerless White-tailed Deer Seasons, Region B ..................................................pg. 18Sika Deer Seasons ..................................................................................................pg. 18Sunday Deer Hunting ..............................................................................................pg. 20Archery Deer Hunting Regulations ........................................................................pg. 22Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Regulations ...............................................................pg. 23Firearms and Air Gun Deer Hunting Regulations ..................................................pg. 24Chronic Wasting Disease in Maryland ...................................................................pg. 26Managed Deer Hunting Programs..........................................................................pg. 27Deer Processors .....................................................................................................pg. 31

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DEER HUNTINGREGION A: Allegany County, Garrett County and the western portion of Washington County (Zone 2, Private Land Code Areas 250 and 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.

REGION B: Anne Arundel, Balti-more, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Fred-erick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Som-erset, Talbot, the eastern portion of Washington County, Zone 1, Private Land Code Area 252, 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.

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See page 38 for descriptions of Frederick and Worcester County sections where only shotguns or straight-walled cartridge rifles and handguns may be used to hunt deer. See pages 24-26 for deer hunting firearms regulations.

DESIGNATED RIFLE, SHOTGUN AND HANDGUN COUNTIES AND AREAS FOR FIREARMS SEASON DEER HUNTING

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DEER HUNTING

JUNIOR DEER HUNT DAYS AND BAG LIMITS 2020

DATES REGION/DEER BAG LIMIT

NOV. 14, STATEWIDESUNDAY, NOV. 15 IN CERTAIN COUNTIES(SEE SUNDAY HUNTING CHART, PG.20.)

Region A White-Tailed Deer

1 antlered or 1 antlerless deer

Region B White-Tailed Deer

3 deer, no more than 1 may be antlered

Sika Deer1 antlered or

1 antlerless deer

(See map for regions, pg. 14.)

Junior Deer Hunt Days are for hunters age 16 or younger only.To hunt during these days:• Junior hunters must have a hunting

license or be exempt from the license requirement (see Who May Hunt Without a License, pg. 9).

• They must be accompanied in the field by an individual who: » is 21 years old or older. » possesses a valid Maryland hunt-

ing license (an Apprentice Hunting License does not meet this require-ment) or is exempt from hunting license requirements.

» is unarmed.

• Junior Deer Hunt Days have a separate bag limit. Deer taken by junior hunters during these days do not count towards the regular Archery, Muzzleloader or Firearms seasons bag limits.

• Daily deer shooting hours for Junior Hunt Days are one half hour before sun-rise to one half hour after sunset.

• Junior hunters are NOT required to com-ply with the antler point restriction dur-ing any of the deer seasons (see White-tailed Deer Antler Point Restrictions).

ANTLERED WHITE-TAILED DEER STATEWIDE SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS, 2020–2021

SEASONDATES

ALL SUNDAY HUNTING DATES ARE IN CERTAIN COUNTIES ONLY, SEE CHART ON PG. 20.

BAG LIMIT

ARCHERY

Sept. 11–Oct.21, Sunday Oct. 25,

Oct. 26–Nov. 27, Dec. 14–Dec. 18, Sunday Jan. 3,

Jan. 4–Jan. 7, Jan. 11–Jan. 30 Archery Season is also open Jan. 8–Jan. 10 in Region A.

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

2 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 (see requirements below)

MUZZLELOADER*Oct. 22–Oct. 24, Dec. 19–Jan. 2

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

FIREARMSNov. 28–Dec. 12, Firearm Season is also open

Jan. 8- Jan. 10 in Region B only.

* The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may not be used during the Oct. 22-24, 2020 Muzzleloader Season. On these same dates, only one (1) deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken in Region A. See map for regions, pg. 14.

• The antlered white-tailed deer bag limit is statewide and applies to both Region A and Region B together.

• Hunters may only harvest one antlered white-tailed deer per day within the season bag limits.

• An antlered white-tailed deer is defined as a deer with two or more points to one antler, or a deer with one antler three or more inches long, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

• An antler point is defined as any antler projection one inch or more in length and includes the brow tine. The tip of the main beam is also considered a point.

• A statewide Antler Point Restriction is in effect on some, but not all, of the antlered white-tailed deer a hunter may harvest during the license year. The Antler Point Restriction includes these regulations: » Hunters may harvest one antlered

white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does not meet the re-quirement of having at least three points on one antler. Any additional antlered white-tailed deer taken with-in the yearly bag limit must have at least three points on one antler.

» These deer may be taken in any order within the existing bag limit.

» All Junior hunters, 16 years of age or younger, are NOT required to comply with the antler point restriction dur-ing any of the deer seasons.

Primitive Deer Hunt Days• Hunters may only use long bows, recurve

bows or flintlock and sidelock percus-sion muzzleloaders during these days.

• The use of draw-locks and telescopic or other electronic aiming devices are prohibited.

• Antlered white-tailed deer taken with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular ant-lered archery bag limit.

• Antlered white-tailed deer taken with a muzzleloader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular antlered muzzleloader bag limit.

• All deer hunters must wear fluorescent color clothing during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Bonus Antlered Deer • Hunting license holders may purchase a

Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp to take one additional antlered white-tailed deer in Region B, or to take an antlered deer in Region A when they have already har-vested an antlered deer in Region B dur-ing the same weapon season.

• Hunters may only use one Bonus Ant-lered Deer Stamp per license year in the season of their choice (Archery, Muzzle-loader, or Firearms), except for the Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may not be used

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during the Oct. 22-Oct 24, 2020 portion of the Muzzleloader Season.

• Those who may hunt without a license (pg. 9) and those who possess an Apprentice Hunting License (pg. 6) do not need to purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp to take the bonus antlered white-tailed deer.

• A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp must be purchased by hunting license holders prior to pursuing the bonus antlered deer.

• Hunters may harvest an antlered white-tailed deer in Region B and then use the Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp to take another antlered white-tailed deer in Region A in the same weapon season. However, hunters in Region A may take no more than one antlered deer in a weapon season and no more than two ant-lered deer total for all seasons combined.

• The bonus antlered deer may not be harvested on the same day one is taken under the regular bag limit.

• Hunters must use the Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp in order to: » Take a second antlered deer in one

weapon season, OR;

These deer may be taken in any order within the bag limit.

Doesn’t meet point restriction. Meets point restriction.

ANTLER POINT RESTRICTION

Hunters may harvest one antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does not meet the requirement of having at least three points on one antler. Any additional antlered white-tailed deer taken within the yearly bag limit must meet the minimum point restriction.

» In Region B, if the hunter has taken an antlered white-tailed deer in each of two weapon seasons already, they may use the bonus antlered deer stamp to take a third antlered white-tailed deer in a remaining weapon season.

• In no case may a hunter take more than two antlered white-tailed deer in any single weapon season or more than three total for the license year.

• Sika deer may not be taken as bonus antlered deer.

ANTLERLESS WHITE-TAILED DEER SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS REGION A, 2020–2021

SEASONDATES

ALL SUNDAY HUNTING DATES ARE IN CERTAIN COUNTIES ONLY, SEE CHART ON PG. 20.

BAG LIMIT

ARCHERY

Sept. 11–Oct. 21, Sunday Oct. 25, Oct.26–Nov. 27, Dec. 14–Dec. 18, Sunday Jan. 3, Jan. 4 - Jan. 30

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

2 total for Archery, Muzzleloader and Fireams Seasons combined

No more than 1 in any weapon season

A third antlerless deer may be taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days

MUZZLELOADER

Department Of Natural Resources Public Lands: *Oct. 22–Oct. 24 and Jan. 2

All Other Lands: Oct. 22–Oct. 24 and Dec. 31–Jan. 2

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

FIREARMS

Department of Natural Resources Public Lands: Dec. 12

All Other Lands: Dec. 11–Dec. 12

*Only one (1) deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken in Region A during the Oct. 22-24, 2020 Muzzleloader Season.

See map for regions, pg. 14

• In Region A, hunters may harvest only two antlerless deer total during the Archery, Muzzleloader, and Firearms seasons combined. Hunters may take a third antlerless deer during the Primi-tive Deer Hunt Days. No more than one antlerless deer may be taken in any

weapon season excluding the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Primitive Deer Hunt Days• Hunters may only use long bows, recurve

bows or flintlock and sidelock percus-sion muzzleloaders during these days.

• The use of draw-locks and telescopic or other electronic aiming devices are prohibited.

• Antlerless deer taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days do not count against the regular Region A antlerless bag limits.

• All deer hunters must wear fluorescent color clothing during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Region A Public Lands• Region A Department of Natural Resources

Public Lands open to antlerless white-tailed deer hunting are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only), Garrett State Forest, Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac State For-est, Prather’s Neck WMA, Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only), Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA, Wolf Den Run State Park, Woodmont NRMA, Youghiogheny Res-ervoir CWMA and Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River NEA.

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DEER HUNTING

ANTLERLESS WHITE-TAILED DEER SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS REGION B, 2020–2021

SEASONDATES

ALL SUNDAY HUNTING DATES ARE IN CERTAIN COUNTIES ONLY, SEE CHART ON PG. 20.

BAG LIMIT

ARCHERY

Sept. 11–Oct. 21, Sunday Oct. 25, Oct. 26–Nov. 27, Dec. 14–Dec. 18, Sunday Jan. 3, Jan.

4–Jan. 7, Jan. 11–Jan. 30

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

15

(Unlimited antlerless in the Suburban Deer Management

Zone*)

MUZZLELOADER

Oct. 22–Oct. 24, Oct. 26–Oct. 31, Dec. 19–Jan. 2

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

10

FIREARMS Nov. 28–Dec. 12, Jan. 8– Jan. 10 10

* Suburban Deer Management Zone is comprised of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties.

See map for regions, pg. 14.

• An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no ant-lers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Primitive Deer Hunt Days• Hunters may only use long bows,

recurve bows or flintlock and side-lock percussion muzzleloaders during these days.

• The use of draw-locks and telescopic or other electronic aiming devices are prohibited.

• Region B antlerless white-tailed deer taken with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular Region B archery bag limit.

• Region B antlerless white-tailed deer taken with a muzzleloader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular Region B muzzle-loader bag limit.

• All deer hunters must wear fluorescent color clothing during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

SIKA DEER SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS, 2020–2021

SEASONDATES

ALL SUNDAY HUNTING DATES ARE IN CERTAIN COUNTIES ONLY, SEE CHART ON PG. 20.

BAG LIMIT

ARCHERY

Sept. 11–Oct. 21, Sunday Oct. 25, Oct. 26–Nov. 27, Dec. 14–Dec. 18, Sunday Jan. 3, Jan.

4–Jan. 7, Jan. 11–Jan. 30

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

3 deer, no more than 1 antlered

MUZZLELOADER

Antlered or Antlerless: Oct. 22–Oct. 24 and Dec. 19–Jan. 2

Antlerless Only (Region B only): Oct. 26–Oct. 31

Feb. 1-Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.

3 deer, no more than 1 antlered

FIREARMS Nov. 28–Dec. 12, Jan. 8–Jan. 10 3 deer, no more than 1 antlered

• Sika deer bag limits are independent of the white-tailed deer bag limits.

• Sika deer daily shooting hours are the same as white-tailed deer; one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with the exception of certain Sundays in certain counties (see Sunday hunting chart, pg. 20).

• An antlered sika deer is a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline.

• Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps may not be used to take sika deer.

Primitive Deer Hunt Days• Hunters may only use long bows,

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• The use of draw-locks and telescopic or other electronic aiming devices are prohibited.

• Sika deer taken with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular sika archery bag limit.

• Sika deer taken with a muzzleloader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular sika muz-zleloader bag limit.

• All deer hunters must wear fluorescent color clothing during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

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Archery Deer Hunting Regulations

• A hunting license is required to hunt deer during the Archery Season (with excep-tions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces infor-mation and hunting license costs, excep-tions, purchasing, requirements and types.

• An Archery Stamp (pg. 7) is required to hunt deer during the Archery Season and when using archery equipment during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days except that: » Hunters entitled to hunt without a

license and hunters with a Senior Lifetime Consolidated License do not need to purchase an Archery Stamp.

• Persons who hunt with archery equip-ment during the Muzzleloader Season must purchase a Muzzleloader Stamp (see Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Regula-tions, pg. 23).

• There are tagging and checking require-ments for all deer harvested. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking for instructions (pgs. 34-38).

• Archery equipment may be used to hunt deer during the Archery Season,

Muzzleloader Season, Firearms Season, Junior Deer Hunt Days and Primitive Deer Hunt Days. Archery hunters may only use long bows and recurve bows during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• Deer taken with archery equipment dur-ing the Archery Season, Muzzleloader Season, Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days must count towards the bag limit of the season in which they are taken, please note: » Antlered white-tailed deer taken

with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular antlered archery bag limit.

» Region A antlerless white-tailed deer taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days do not count against the regular Region A antlerless bag limit.

» Region B antlerless white-tailed deer taken with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular Region B archery bag limit.

» Sika deer taken with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular sika archery bag limit.

» Deer harvested with archery equip-ment during the antlerless-only sec-ond split of the early Muzzleloader Season in Region B must count to-ward the Archery Season bag limit.

• Hunters may not carry archery equip-ment and muzzleloaders at the same time when Archery Season and Muzzle-loader Season are in concurrently. This includes the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• It is illegal to shoot on, from or across any public road.

• Archery hunters are not required to wear fluorescent color clothing (pg. 10) within the regular Archery Season dates. Archery hunters are required to wear fluorescent color clothing when hunting during the: » Junior Deer Hunt Days; » Black Bear Season in Allegany,

Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

» Deer Muzzleloader Season (including the Region B antlerless white-tailed Muzzleloader Season when it overlaps the Archery Season);

» Deer Firearms Season; and » Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

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• Firearms or airguns may not be carried while hunting deer during the Archery Season with the following exception. In Deer Management Region A, persons 21 years old or older may carry a handgun for personal protection against bear while hunting deer during the Archery Season.

• The handgun: » May not be used for hunting any

game species while the person is ar-chery hunting for deer;

» May not have a barrel length of more than six inches;

» May not have a telescopic sight or electronic aiming device attached; and

» May not be used to kill wildlife wound-ed by a vertical bow or crossbow.

Vertical Bow Regulations• The vertical bow shall have a full draw and

pull of 30 pounds or more for deer hunting.• Draw locking devices and release aids are

legal on all vertical bows, except during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Crossbow Regulations• A crossbow used for deer hunting shall

have a draw of 75 pounds or more.

• All crossbows should have a working safety.• It is unlawful to have a loaded crossbow

in, on or leaning against any vehicle.• A co*cked crossbow without a bolt or

arrow in the firing position is consid-ered to be unloaded.

• The use of crossbows is prohibited during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Regulations for Both Vertical Bows and Crossbows• Arrows or bolts used for deer hunting

must have a sharpened broadhead with metal points and a minimum width of 7⁄8 of an inch.

• The use of poisoned or explosive tipped arrows or bolts is not permitted.

Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Regulations

• A hunting license is required to hunt deer during the Muzzleloader Season (with exceptions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces information and hunting license costs, exceptions, purchasing, require-ments and types.

• A Muzzleloader Stamp (pg. 8) is required to hunt deer during the Muzzle-loader Season and when using a muzzle-loader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days except that: » Hunters entitled to hunt without a

license and hunters with a Senior Lifetime Consolidated License do not need to purchase a Muzzleloader Stamp.

• There are tagging and checking require-ments for all deer harvested. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking for instructions (pgs. 34-35).

• Muzzleloading firearms may only be used to hunt deer during the Muzzle-loader Season, Firearms Season, Junior Deer Hunt Days and Primitive Deer Hunt Days. Hunters may only use flintlock or sidelock percussion muzzleloaders during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• Deer taken with a muzzleloader dur-ing the Muzzleloader Season, Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days must count towards the bag limit of the sea-son in which they are taken, please note: » Antlered white-tailed deer taken

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• Except in Dorchester County where #1 buckshot or larger may be used, firearms used for deer hunting may only shoot one all lead, lead alloy or copper soft nosed or expanding bullet or ball. Sabots are permitted. Non-expanding full metal jacketed, incendiary and tracer bullets are not permitted.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.

• It is unlawful to hunt with an automatic firearm capable of firing a series of shots with one continuous pull of the trigger.

• Firearms or air guns may not be carried while hunting deer during the Archery Season with the following exception. In Deer Management Region A, persons 21 years old or older may carry a handgun for personal protection against bear while hunting deer during the Archery Season. The handgun: » May not be used for hunting any game

species while the person is archery hunting for deer;

» May not have a barrel length of more than six inches;

» May not have a telescopic sight or electronic aiming device attached; and

» May not be used to kill wildlife wound-ed by a vertical bow or crossbow.

Rifle Regulations• The rifles referred to here are loaded from

the breech of the barrel and use cartridges.• Rifles used for deer hunting must use

ammunition developing a muzzle energy of at least 1,200 foot pounds. Consult ammu-nition guides for ballistics information.

• Bottleneck cartridge rifles may only be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in certain coun-ties and locations (see map, pg. 15), subject to local and county ordinances.

• Straight-walled cartridge rifles may be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in all counties and locations in Maryland, subject to local and county ordinances.

Shotgun Regulations• The shotguns referred to here are loaded

from the breech of the barrel and use shells.• Shotguns used for deer hunting must be

28 gauge or larger.• Shotgun ammunition used for deer hunt-

ing must shoot a single solid projectile except in Dorchester County, where #1 buckshot or larger may be used.

count towards the regular antlered muzzleloader bag limit.

» Region A antlerless white-tailed deer taken during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days do not count against the regular Region A antlerless bag limit.

» Region B antlerless white-tailed deer taken with a muzzleloader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular Region B muzzleloader bag limit.

» Sika deer taken with a muzzleload-er during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular sika muzzleloader bag limit.

• All deer hunters are required to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing (pg. 10) during the Muzzleloader Sea-son, Firearms Season and Primative Deer Hunt Days.

• It is illegal to shoot on, from or across any public road.

Muzzleloader Regulations• Deer may be hunted with a muzzleloading

rifle, muzzleloading shotgun or muzzle-loading handgun (both single shot and revolvers) in all Maryland counties.

• To be considered a muzzleloader, a rifle, shotgun or handgun must be loaded from the muzzle and a revolver must be loaded from the front of the cylinder.

• Flintlock, percussion cap and inline ignition muzzleloaders are legal hunting devices for deer.

• Only flintlock or sidelock percussion muzzleloaders may be used during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

• Muzzleloading rifles or shotguns used for deer hunting must be at least .40 cali-ber in size and must use 60 grains of black powder or more (a black powder equivalent is acceptable) and propel one all lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge.

• Muzzleloading handguns used for deer hunting must be at least .40 caliber with a barrel length of at least 6 inches and must use 40 grains of black powder or more (a black powder equivalent is acceptable) and propel one all-lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge.

• Sabot loads are legal for use in muzzle-loaders used for deer hunting.

• Muzzleloaders are considered unloaded if the ignition system is disabled by removal of the cap, primer, battery or primer powder.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes a muzzleloader ready to fire.

Firearms and Air Guns Deer Hunting Regulations

• A hunting license is required to hunt deer during the Firearms Season (with excep-tions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces infor-mation and hunting license costs, excep-tions, purchasing, requirements and types.

• There are tagging and checking require-ments for all deer harvested. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking for instruc-tions (pgs. 34-35).

• Shotguns, rifles and handguns that fire straight-walled cartridges, muzzleloading firearms, air guns and archery equipment may be used to hunt deer in all coun-ties during the Firearms Season and Junior Hunt Days.

• Rifles and handguns that shoot bottle-neck cartridges may only be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in certain counties and areas (see map and descrip-tion, pg. 15).

• Deer taken with any firearm, muzzle-loader, air gun or archery equipment during the Firearms Season must count toward the Firearms Season bag limit.

• All deer hunters are required to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing (pg. 10) during the Firearms Season dates.

• It is illegal to hunt any animal other than deer on the first day of Deer Fire-arms Season except sea ducks in the Sea Duck Zone.

• It is illegal to shoot on, from or across any public road.

• Deer may not be hunted with a firearm that is loaded with more than eight car-tridges or shells. Magazines do not have to be physically blocked.

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• The use of poisoned or explosive-tipped arrows or bolts is not permitted.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded air gun in, on or leaning against a vehicle.

• An air gun with the projectile removed is considered to be unloaded.

Chronic Wasting Disease in Maryland

Chronic wasting disease is a disease of the brain and nervous system in the deer family (Cervidae). It has been found in the following free-ranging cervids: elk, moose, mule deer, reindeer and white-tailed deer.

This malady is classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy and attacks the brain of cervids, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. The Depart-ment of Natural Resources has tested over 10,000 random hunter-harvested deer for chronic wasting disease since 2002, and it was first detected in November 2010. The infected deer was harvested by a hunter in Allegany County and was most likely part of an outbreak discovered nearby in Hampshire County, West Virginia, in 2005. To date, infected deer have been detected in Allegany and Washington counties.

Concerns over chronic wasting disease should not stop hunters from enjoying the hunting season or any venison they may acquire. To date, this encephalopathy has not been shown to be transmissible to humans. However, it is recommended that hunters field dressing or butchering deer take the same precautions as they might to protect against other pathogens or diseases and not consume venison from animals known to be infected. The following common sense precautionary measures are recommended for the safe handling, field dressing and pro-cessing of venison:• Avoid shooting or handling a deer that

appears sick.• Wear latex or rubber gloves when field

dressing or butchering deer.

• Remove all internal organs.• Remove the meat from the bones and

spinal column if home processing a deer.• Do not use household knives or utensils

when field dressing or home processing a deer.

• Avoid cutting through bones or the spinal column (backbone).

• If you saw off antlers or through a bone or if you sever the spinal column with a knife, be sure to disinfect these tools prior to using them for the butchering or removal of meat.

• Remove all fat, membranes and con-nective tissue from the meat. Note that normal field dressing and trimming of fat from meat will remove lymph nodes.

• Always wash hands and instruments thoroughly after dressing and process-ing game meat.

• Use a 50/50 solution of household chlorine bleach and water to disinfect tools and work surfaces. Wipe down counters and let them dry; soak knives for one hour.

The following taxidermists and meat pro-cessors are currently approved to prepare or process deer carcasses or deer parts taken from within the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area. This provision provides an opportunity for hunters harvesting deer within the disease management area to trans-port carcasses or other deer parts directly to one of these approved businesses for meat processing, taxidermy services or for prepa-ration for transport to another taxidermist. Please consult the Department of Natural Resources website at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife for an up to date list of approved processors and taxidermists.

Meat ProcessorsBanzhoff’s Custom Butchering Williamsport ...................................... 301-223-9326B&B Butchering, Orleans ..................301-478-2558B&B Country Meats, Frostburg ........301-689-6225Clint’s Cuts, Mt. Airy ........................ 301-865-5120Ernst Market, Clear Spring ............... 301-842-2292Holsinger’s Meats and Deli Maugansville ...................................... 301-733-9263Leitersburg Butcher Shop Hagerstown .........................................301-491-9911Pry’s Deer Processing, Knoxville ..... 301-834-8752Rob’s Deer Shop, Rocky Ridge ...........301-271-7780Sunnyland/Ray Burger’s Meats Williamsport ...................................... 301-223-9637Wolfe’s Deer Shop, Thurmont ........... 240-549-2613Wolford’s Meat Shop, Big Pool ...........301-842-3156

TaxidermistsBaker Taxidermy, Frederick ............. 240-674-2752

Brian Keane Taxidermy, Frederick .. 301-682-9210

Brian McKinley, Cumberland ........... 240-580-4148

• Shotguns may be used to hunt deer dur-ing the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in all counties and locations in Maryland, subject to local and county ordinances.

Handgun Regulations• The handguns referred to here are loaded

from the breech of the barrel or rear of the cylinder and use cartridges.

• Handguns used for deer hunting must have a barrel length of six inches or more and use ammunition which produces a muzzle energy of 700 foot pounds or more. Consult ammunition guides for ballistics information.

• Bottleneck cartridge handguns may only be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in cer-tain counties and locations (see map, pg. 15), subject to local and county ordinances.

• Straight-walled cartridge handguns may be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in all counties and locations in Maryland, subject to local and county ordinances.

Air Gun Regulations• An air gun is defined as any gun that pro-

pels a projectile by means of non-ignited compressed air or other gas. Projectiles include bullets, arrows or bolts.

• Certain air guns may be used to hunt deer in all counties during the deer Fire-arms Season only.

• To be legal for deer hunting an air gun must: » Shoot one .40 caliber or larger bullet

or ball at a single discharge which generates at least 400 foot pounds of muzzle energy; or

» Shoot an arrow or bolt at least 18” in length with a minimum speed of 300 feet per second at release with a sharpened broadhead with metal points and a minimum width of 7/8 inch.

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Carcass Importation BanThe primary objective in the management of chronic wasting disease is to prevent its spread into new areas. One possible mode of disease transmission is by the movement and disposal of infected carcasses. In an effort to minimize the risk for disease spread, Maryland along with many other states, has adopted regu-lations that restrict the importation of whole carcasses and certain carcass parts of deer, moose and elk harvested from states or areas in states that have chronic wasting disease.

A person may not import the whole carcass of a dead deer, elk or moose into Maryland from another state or province’s designated chronic wasting disease con-tainment, surveillance or management area, unless the final destination of the carcass is within the Maryland Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area or with a chronic wasting disease-approved Maryland pro-cessor or taxidermist. Travelers may pass through any part of Maryland with whole carcasses from other state/province chronic wasting disease management areas if the carcasses will not remain in the state for more than 24 hours, and no parts are disposed of or remain in the state. A person may import only the following parts of a carcass into Maryland if the final destination is within the state but outside the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area:• Meat with no part of the spinal column

or head attached;• Hindquarters and front shoulders with

no spinal column or backbone attached;• Meat without backbone;• Cleaned hide with no head attached;• Skull plate cleaned of all meat and

brain tissue;• Antlers with no meat or soft tissue attached;• Upper canine teeth also known as

buglers, whistlers or ivories; and• Finished taxidermy mount or tanned hides.

Please consult the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Alliance website at cwd-info.org for a complete list of state and province chronic wasting disease containment, sur-veillance and management areas.

Any person who imports or possesses a cervid carcass or part of a cervid that was tested for chronic wasting disease in another state or province and is notified that the cervid tested positive, must report the test results to the Maryland Department of Natu-ral Resources within 24 hours of receiving such notification by telephone at 301-842-0332; or by FAX 301-842-1026; or by email to brian.eyler@ maryland.gov.

Carder’s Taxidermy, Ijamsville ......... 240-674-9146

Donnie Burley, Cumberland ..............301-707-6272

Draper’s Taxidermy, Fairplay ............ 301-582-3173

Fairview Wildlife Studio Hagerstown ......................................... 301-791-1568

Geisinger Taxidermy, Thurmont .......301-271-0501

Kaetzel’s Taxidermy, Smithsburg ......301-667-2495

Kline’s Taxidermy, Smithsburg..........301-416-0201

Martin’s Taxidermy Studio Boonsboro .......................................... 301-432-5909

Millstone Taxidermy, Hanco*ck ........ 240-520-7226

Mountin’ Man Taxidermy Knoxville ............................................ 301-834-5197

Natalie’s Taxidermy, Myersville ........240-315-3471

Quirauk Mountain Skull Works Cascade ............................................... 301-331-6916

Richard Kroll, Barton ......................... 301-359-5010

Robert Friend, Westernport ...............301-359-9784

Roger’s Taxidermy, Thurmont .......... 301-606-7015

Steven Fairgrieve, Barton ................... 301-707-9261

South Mountain Taxidermy Boonsboro ..........................................301-432-6006

Whitetail Studios, Thurmont ............301-271-4858

Management of Chronic Wasting DiseaseDue to the detection of this disease in Alle-gany and Washington counties, the Depart-ment of Natural Resources has implemented a number of measures to prevent the unin-tentional spread of this contagion to other locations in Maryland or surrounding states. The changes outlined below apply only to the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area on private and public land.

Whole deer carcasses or deer parts cannot be transported out of the disease manage-ment area except for:• Meat with no part of the spinal column,

backbone or head attached;• Hindquarters and front shoulders with

no spinal column or backbone attached;• Cleaned hide with no head attached;• Skull plate cleaned of all meat and brain

tissue;• Antlers with no meat or soft tissue

attached;• Finished taxidermy mounts or tanned

hides;• Whole deer carcasses or parts being

transported directly to approved meat processors.

Please check the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife) for updates on chronic wasting disease surveillance and management in Maryland. Hunter assistance and coopera-tion is essential to the Department of Natural Resources’ efforts to monitor and manage chronic wasting disease in Maryland.

If you hunt deer, elk, moose or other cervids in other states and/or provinces, particularly those in which chronic wast-ing disease has been detected, check with the respective fish and wildlife agencies regarding special regulations or specific advice for hunters. Also check with your home state fish and wildlife agency to ensure that animals lawfully killed elsewhere may be imported and possessed in your state. Additional information can be found at the alliance’s website cwd-info.org and the depart-ment’s website dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife.

Taking Deer Carcasses out of MarylandBecause Maryland is considered a chronic wast-ing disease positive state, deer hunters must fol-low carcass importation regulations in other states when they transport a deer carcass out of Maryland. The surrounding states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia each have specific regulations as to whether they will allow whole deer carcasses or only parts of carcasses to enter from Maryland. Likewise, the regulations for each of these states vary as to whether they apply to deer from anywhere in Maryland, or just to deer taken within the chronic wasting disease management area. Hunters are strongly encouraged to check state regulations before transporting deer carcasses.

Managed Deer Hunting Programs

In addition to satisfying licensing, Maryland hunter safety and stamp requirements; lot-tery selection, a Managed Hunt Permit and a Shooter Qualification Card are required to participate in the following managed deer hunting programs:• Fair Hill NRMA State Park• Fort Frederick State Park • Gunpowder Falls State Park• Seneca Creek State Park

Department of Natural Resources Shooter Qualification Card ProgramThrough the Shooter Qualification Program local sportsman’s clubs, shooting clubs and other groups avail their facilities and expertise to certify hunters for the pro-gram. Hunters who meet certain shooting qualification standards become certified and receive a Maryland State Shooter Qualifi-cation Card valid for the current hunting license year. This card serves as “proof of proficiency” and enables a qualified hunter to be eligible for many of the managed deer hunts held across Maryland.

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The Fort Frederick State Park qualification event will be held Nov. 1, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fort Frederick Range in Washington County. (All hunters must arrive by 10:00 a.m.)

The qualification event held at the Notch-cliff Army National Guard Range in Balti-more County for the Fair Hill, Gunpowder Falls and Seneca Creek hunting programs will be held on Dec. 13, 2020 (All hunters must arrive by 9:00 a.m.).

Other Shooter Qualification events are held at different times and locations throughout the year. Many of the organizations that host these events charge a fee. The Department of Natural Resources will issue a press release in the summer announcing the dates for the various qualifications and will list the website addresses of participating sportsmen’s clubs and other locations where Shooter Qualifi-cations will be held. The website address for all this information is: dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/Documents/shoot_qual_cal.pdf. Hunters interested in participating in man-aged hunts should contact the organization holding the hunt to learn more about their program and any additional requirements.

Managed Hunt Permit • The annual Managed Hunt Permit (pg.

8) is required to hunt Department of Natural Resources properties that charge for managed hunts and covers all such hunts on these lands.

• The Managed Hunt Permit is not required to take part in drawings or lotteries but only to participate in the managed hunts.

• Hunters should contact the properties they wish to hunt for site-specific rules and regulations.

• Persons exempt from the Managed Hunt Permit requirement are those legally hunt-ing with a Junior Hunting License, persons 16 years of age or younger hunting with an Apprentice Hunting License (see Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits, pg. 6) or any person serving in the United States Armed Forces that is exempt from needing a Mary-land hunting license (see Armed Forces Members Hunting In Maryland, pg. 8-9).

For managed deer hunts at Fair Hill, Fort Frederick, Gunpowder Falls and Seneca Creek:• Hunters will be chosen by lottery. Only

one application per hunter. Group appli-cations of up to three hunters will be accepted and must be stapled together.

• Shotguns with slugs are the only firearms allowed for these hunts.

• The use of scopes is encouraged.• Deer taken during these hunts will not

count toward the hunter’s regular deer Firearms Season bag limit.

• Hunters participating in the Fair Hill, Gun-powder Falls and Seneca Creek hunts will be allowed to harvest four antlerless deer and approximately one out of 10 hunters will be chosen by drawing on the morn-ing of the hunt to harvest an antlered deer in lieu of one of the four antlerless deer.

• Hunters participating in the Fort Fred-erick State Park hunt will be allowed to harvest two antlerless deer.

The Fair Hill NRMA State Park managed deer hunt in Cecil County has a limit of 140 hunters. For more information call 410-356-9272 between 7:30 a. m.–11:30 a. m. or 410-398-1246. (See the following pages for the Fair Hill Managed Hunt application form.)

The Fort Frederick State Park managed deer hunt in Washington County has a limit of 30 hunters. For more information call 301-842-2155. (See the following pages for the Fort Frederick application form.)

The Gunpowder Falls State Park, Sweet Air Area managed deer hunt in Baltimore County has a limit of 70 hunters. For more information call 410-356-9272 between 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or 410-592-2897. (See the following pages for the Gunpowder Falls application form.)

The Seneca Creek State Park managed deer hunt in Montgomery County has a limit of 60 hunters. For more information call 410-356- 9272 between 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or 301-924- 2127. (See the following pages for the Seneca Creek application form.)

The Anne Arundel County managed deer hunt has a limit of 140 hunters. For more information call 410-222-6141 or 410-222-8820 between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. or email [emailprotected].

Please visit their website for an application form and a complete list of rules and regu-lations. aacounty.org/services-and-programs/deer-management-program

The Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department managed deer hunt in Anne Arundel County has these provisions: • A Shooter Qualification Card and verifica-

tion that the hunter has complied with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement are required to participate in this hunt.

• Hunters and hunting dates will be cho-sen by lottery. Only one application per

hunter. Group applications of up to three hunters will be accepted and must be stapled together.

• Hunters must pass background checks and participate in an interview.

• Shotguns and Muzzleloaders are the only firearms allowed for these hunts, but ammunition types are restricted.

• MD residency or active duty military with proof of station in MD is required.

• Hunters must provide their own and use a portable tree stand.

• The use of iron sights and/or scopes is required.

• There is a mandatory hunter meeting. There is a pre-hunt mandatory scout date for each property.

• Additional fees apply.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center managed deer hunt in Anne Arundel County has these provisions:• A Shooter Qualification Card and veri-

fication that the hunter has complied with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement are required to participate in this hunt.

• Hunters will be chosen by lottery. Only one application per hunter. Group appli-cations of up to three hunters will be accepted and must be stapled together.

• Shotguns with slugs are the only firearms allowed during Firearms Season hunts.

• The use of scopes is encouraged.• An Archery Stamp is needed to participate

in the archery hunting day. Archery hunt-ers should refer to the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping and adhere to the crossbow regulations section.

• The use of a portable tree stand is required.• Accommodations will be made for hunt-

ers with a Universal Disability Pass that will allow them to hunt from a vehicle.

• Pre-hunt mandatory scout dates are Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2020. Specific time slots will be assigned for scouting.

• See the following pages for the Smith-sonian Environmental Research Center application form.

The Wye Island Natural Resources Man-agement Area managed deer hunt in Queen Anne’s County has these provisions:• Hunters are required to submit a copy of

their current Maryland Hunting License along with their permit application.

• Hunters will be chosen by lottery for both the October muzzleloader deer hunt and the December firearms deer hunt.

• For more information call 410-827-7577.

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FORT FREDERICK STATE PARK MANAGED HUNT APPLICATION

Name: ���������������������������������������������������

Address (street): �������������������������������������������

(city, state, zip): ��������������������������������������������

Telephone #: ����������������������������������������������

DNR ID #: ������������������������������������������������

Number the hunt date blocks, with #1 being your first choice:

December 8, 2020 December 9, 2020

Mail the completed application to: Fort Frederick State Park

11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool, MD 21711

Deadline for applications is October 5, 2020. The lottery drawing will be held on October 7, 2020 at 10:00a.m.

Please print. Applications must be legible, complete and at original size. No duplicates.

FAIR HILL NRMA STATE PARK MANAGED HUNT APPLICATION

Name: ���������������������������������������������������

Address (street): �������������������������������������������

(city, state, zip): ��������������������������������������������

Telephone #: ����������������������������������������������

DNR ID #: ������������������������������������������������

Number the hunt date blocks, with #1 being your first choice:

January 11, 2021 January 12, 2021

Mail the completed application to: Gwynnbrook WMA

3740 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117

Deadline for applications is November 6, 2020. The lottery drawing will be held on November 9, 2020 at 12:30p.m.

Please print. Applications must be legible, complete and at original size. No duplicates.

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK MANAGED HUNT APPLICATION SWEET AIR AREA

Name: ���������������������������������������������������

Address (street): �������������������������������������������

(city, state, zip): ��������������������������������������������

Telephone #: ����������������������������������������������

DNR ID #: ������������������������������������������������

Number the hunt date blocks, with #1 being your first choice:

January 18, 2021 January 19, 2021

Mail the completed application to: Gwynnbrook WMA

3740 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117

Deadline for applications is November 6, 2020. The lottery drawing will be held on November 9, 2020 at 12:30p.m.

Please print. Applications must be legible, complete and at original size. No duplicates.

SENECA CREEK STATE PARK MANAGED HUNT APPLICATION

Name: ���������������������������������������������������

Address (street): �������������������������������������������

(city, state, zip): ��������������������������������������������

Telephone #: ����������������������������������������������

DNR ID #: ������������������������������������������������

Number the hunt date blocks, with #1 being your first choice:

January 14, 2021 January 15, 2021

Mail the completed application to: Gwynnbrook WMA

3740 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117

Deadline for applications is November 6, 2020. The lottery drawing will be held on November 9, 2020 at 12:30p.m.

Please print. Applications must be legible, complete and at original size. No duplicates.

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NATURAL RESOURCES POLICE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

IF YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES AND THE DESIRE TO SERVE, WE’RE INTERESTED IN TALKING TO YOU.To begin your career as a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer, please contact Corporal Raymond Griggs at 443-221-8251, or [emailprotected], or visit the Maryland Natural Resources Police Recruitment Facebook page.

STOP ALL POACHING

TO REPORT A VIOLATION:Call or text: 443-433-4112 or Email: [emailprotected]

For more information about Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers find us on Facebook: Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers

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SMITHSONIAN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTER DEER HUNT APPLICATIONPlease print. Applications must be legible.

Name: ���������������������������������������������������

Address (street): �������������������������������������������

(city, state, zip): ��������������������������������������������

Telephone # (day/evening): �����������������������������������

Active email address (mandatory): ����������������������������

DNR ID #: ������������������������������������������������

Shooter Qualification #: ������������������������������������ A copy of your Shooter Qualification Card must

be submitted with your application.

Hunter Safety Card #: ��������������������������������������

Hunt from a Vehicle Permit#: ��������������������������������

Number the hunt date blocks, with #1 being your first choice:

November 21, 2020Archery hunting only

Archery Stamp required

December 5, 2020Shotgun with slugs only

December 12, 2020Shotgun with slugs only

December 19, 2020Shotgun with slugs only

December 26, 2020Shotgun with slugs only

January 2, 2021Shotgun with slugs only

January 9, 2021Shotgun with slugs only

Interest in an additional hunt day

Mail this completed application to: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Attention: Joe Brunetti

647 Contess Wharf Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037

Deadline for applications is October 2, 2020.The lottery drawing will be held on October 7, 2020.

The mandatory scout dates are October 31 and November 1, 2020. Specific time slots will be assigned for scouting.

Hunter must be able to remove harvested deer from SERC property.

Below is a permission form that landowners and hunters may use.

PERMISSION TO HUNT AND/OR TRAP

I hereby grant permission to the person named below to hunt and/or trap on my property located at ���������������������������������������

�������������������������������������������������������������

on the following dates: ������������������������������������������

Signed: ������������������������������������������������������

AGREEMENT

In return for the privilege of hunting and/or trapping on this property, I agree to obey the laws, to observe all safety precautions and practices, to take every precaution against fire and to assume all responsibility and liability for my person and my property while on the landowners property.

Signed: ������������������������������������������������������

Address (street): �����������������������������������������������

(city, state, zip): ������������������������������������������������

DNR ID #: ����������������������������������������������������

Date: ��������������������������������������������������������

MARYLAND ARCHERY HUNTER SURVEY COOPERATORS NEEDED

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Archery hunters are among the most active outdoor enthusi-asts in Maryland. The time you spend afield and the experienc-es you enjoy are of great value to us. The hunting observations you make, day after day and year after year, can be used as a powerful tool to effectively track fluctuations in many different wildlife populations (e.g. deer, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers). Therefore, we are asking you to take the time to become a cooperator and document information about each of your archery hunts. The data you provide will be added to the data already collected by over 300 other archery hunter cooperators and will make the results even stronger.

If you are interested in becoming an Archery Hunter Sur-vey Cooperator, you can download a copy of the survey at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/bhsurvey.aspx or con-tact Brent Evans at 443-786-3656 or [emailprotected]. Cooperators will receive an annual survey form to complete during the deer archery season and an annual report of the results after they are compiled. We appreciate your interest and cooperation.

BLACK BEARS IN MARYLAND

Western Maryland (Allegany, Garrett, Frederick and Washington counties) is home to a healthy black bear population. Accordingly, people may find themselves encountering bears, especially in areas with natural or artificial food sources, such as berry patches, oak groves or in areas where bait, such as corn, has been left to attract wildlife. If you encounter a bear, the Department of Natural Re-sources recommends that you make your presence known by mak-ing noise. Clap your hands and speak with a firm voice to be sure the bear knows you are there. Remain upright and do not run. Back away slowly and leave the area. Although black bears are generally shy and run when confronted by people, they are wild animals that should be treated with respect.

For people wishing to carry a form of personal protection, the depart-ment recommends the use of bear pepper spray as an effective, legal and safe bear deterrent. It has a large volume and long shelf life and is discharged in an expanding cloud that will reach its target up to 35 feet away. There are a variety of bear pepper sprays on the market that can be purchased at local sporting goods stores or on the internet. When purchasing bear pepper spray, be sure that the label states that it is for use on bears and has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Deer Processors

The Department of Natural Resources would like to thank the deer processors listed below for their service and cooperation in the Wildlife and Heritage Service’s annual collection of information on Maryland deer. Their efforts help supply the data necessary to manage this popular species. We appreciate their support of the stewardship and management of deer.

AlleganyB&B Butchering ...................................301-478-2558B&B Country Meats ...........................301-689-6225

Anne ArundelAustin’s Deer Processing ................... 410-850-5838Harwood Butcher Shop ...................... 410-212-8803Ray Hitchco*ck Taxidermy .................. 410-987-6990

BaltimoreTrophy Care Taxidermy & Deer Processing ................................... 410-282-1118

CalvertRowell’s Butcher Shop ........................ 443-295-7449

CarolineDeep Branch Custom Cuts .................. 410-310-1246Frases’ Meat Shop ............................... 410-673-7249Knife Box Custom Cuts ...................... 443-262-5694Richard’s Deer Shop ........................... 410-279-0622Tuckahoe River Deer Processing ........ 443-786-5199

CarrollC & L Deer Processing ........................410-374-6424JB Farms ..............................................410-756-5656M & G Wild Game Processing ........... 443-375-7138

CecilBuckland’s Deer Processing................443-350-0573Ron Bennett ........................................ 443-553-4239

CharlesChuck’s Butcher Shop .........................301-283-0743

or 301-375-8371

DorchesterBucktown Butcher Shop ..................... 443-521-4286Kramer’s Butcher Shop ........................443-521-7501The Duck Stop .................................... 443-521-7128

or 443-521-2026

FrederickClint’s Cuts ..............301-865-5120 or 301-748-1505Eiker’s Deer Processing .......................301-447-2813Pry’s Deer Processing ......................... 301-834-8752Rob’s Deer Shop...................................301-271-7780Shuff ’s Meat Market ............................. 301-271-2231Wolfe’s Deer Shop ............................... 240-549-2613

GarrettButcher Block ......................................301-334-4140EJ’s Meat Processing ........................... 301-245-4409Second Chance Farms ........................ 301-616-7794

KentAlexander’s Deer Processing .............. 410-928-3462John’s Butcher Shop .............................410-778-3550

MontgomeryKS Kuts ...................301-606-5203 or 240-457-1844Tim Mullinix ...................................... 240-246-6199

Prince George’sHarwood Butcher Shop ...................... 410-212-8803

SomersetEddie Johnson Deer Processing ..........410-603-0047

or 410-603-0046Holland’s Deer Cutting ........................410-251-7608

St. Mary’sMike McWilliams Wild Game Processors ...............301-475-9667 or 240-925-6994Henry’s Deer Processing ........27990 Pt. Lookout Rd.Ridgells Whitetail Butcher Shop .........301-904-0406

TalbotTred Avon Deer Processing..................410-310-5895

WashingtonBanzhoff ’s Custom Butchering ........... 301-223-9326Ernst Market ....................................... 301-842-2292Holsinger’s Meats & Deli .................... 301-733-9263 ....................................................... or 800-733-8883Sunnyland/Ray Burger’s Meats ........... 301-223-9637Wolford’s Meat Shop ...........................301-842-3156

WicomicoDave’s Cut Em Up Deer Processing ..................................302-907-0383Jim’s Custom Cutting ...........................410-749-5546Longhorn Butcher Shop.......................410-422-3942Off The Neck ...................................... 443-783-3036Wright Brothers Butchery and Taxidermy............................................................ 410-546-2053

WorcesterCaptain Ron’s Deer Processing ............410-627-8189

Sussex County, DelawareMark’s Meats and More,LLC ...............302-933-0307

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the bait. Salt and mineral supplements are no longer considered as a source of bait for turkeys.

• It is illegal to use recorded or electroni-cally amplified calls, or use motorized or electronic turkey decoys.

• Daylight fluorescent color clothing is not required for hunting turkeys. How-ever, turkey hunters are encouraged to wear it as a precaution. Successful turkey hunters are also encouraged to put an orange ribbon on the turkey when car-rying it out of the woods. See Hunting Safety Tips (pg. 11) for a guide to courte-ous and safe turkey hunting.

Turkey Hunting Devices and Regulations• Shotguns cannot hold more than three

shells in the magazine and chamber com-bined. Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells must be plugged with a one-piece filler which cannot be removed from the loading end.

General Turkey Hunting Rules

• A hunter must carry personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license) or a secondary form of positive identifica-tion while hunting.

• Written permission is required to hunt on private land.

• A hunting license is required to hunt wild turkeys (with exceptions). See Hunt-ing Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces information and hunting license costs, exceptions, pur-chasing, requirements and types.

• There are tagging and checking require-ments for all turkeys harvested. See Deer and Turkey Tagging and Checking for instructions (pgs. 34-35).

• It is illegal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait or over any baited area. Feed or bait placed for deer or other wildlife may be considered baiting if turkeys are being hunted. An area is considered by law to be baited for 10 days after the removal of

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JUNIOR TURKEY HUNT DAYS AND BAG LIMITS 2021

DATES AREA BAG LIMIT

April 17 STATEWIDE1 bearded turkey per day

Sunday, April 18 in certain counties, see chart

The Junior Turkey Hunting Days are for hunters age 16 or younger only. To hunt during these days:• Junior hunters must have a Hunting

License or be exempt from the license requirement (see Who May Hunt Without a License, pg. 9).

• During the Junior Turkey Hunting Days, Spring Season and Winter Season, hunters may only use shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, air guns that shoot arrows or bolts or vertical bows.

• In the Fall Season, turkey hunters may only use air guns (that shoot arrows, bolts or bullets), crossbows, handguns, shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller or a solid, single projectile), rifles or vertical bows.

Other Hunting Device Regulations• It is illegal to have a loaded air gun or

firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded crossbow in, on or leaning against a vehicle.

• A co*cked crossbow without a bolt or arrow in the firing position is consid-ered to be unloaded.

• It is against the law to shoot on, from or across any public road.

• Junior turkey hunters must be accompa-nied in the field by an individual who: » Is 21 years old or older; » Possesses a valid Maryland hunt-

ing license (an Apprentice Hunting License does not meet this require-ment) or is exempt from hunting license requirements; and

» Is unarmed.

• Only bearded turkeys may be har-vested in the Junior Turkey Hunting Days and Spring Season.

• Turkeys taken by junior hunters dur-ing these days count toward the entire Spring Season bag limit.

• The Junior Turkey Hunting Days bag limit is one bearded turkey per day.

• Daily shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset for Junior Turkey Hunting Days.

• Hunting Devices for the Junior Turkey Hunting Days are only shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, vertical bows or air guns that shoot arrows or bolts.

• Dogs and organized drives may not be used.

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SUNDAY TURKEY HUNTING 2020-2021

Sunday hunting is permitted on April 18 (Junior Hunt Day) and all Sundays during any open turkey season in the following counties:

COUNTY LOCATION

Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Kent Private Lands only

Dorchester Private and public lands

Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s, and Washington Private and designated public lands*

* Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, C&D Canal Lands, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Earlville WMA, Garrett State Forest (SF), Green Ridge SF, Grove Farm WMA, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Old Bohemia WMA, Potomac SF, Prather’s Neck WMA, Saint Inigoes SF, Salem SF, Savage River SF, Sideling Hill WMA and Warrior Mountain WMA.

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SPRING TURKEY SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2021

DATES AREA BAG LIMIT

April 19–May 24 (includes Sundays in certain counties, see chart)

STATEWIDE1 bearded turkey per day,

2 bearded turkeys per season

• Only bearded turkeys may be harvested in the Spring Season.

• The Spring Season bag limit is one bearded turkey per day and two bearded turkeys for the season.

• Spring Turkey Season daily shooting hours for April 19 through May 10 are one-half hour before sunrise to noon.

FALL TURKEY SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020

DATES AREA BAG LIMIT

Oct. 31–Nov. 8 (includes Sundays in hunt area counties, see chart)

Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties

Fall and Winter Seasons have a combined bag limit of 1 turkey of either sex

• The combined bag limit for the 2020 Fall and 2021 Winter Seasons is one turkey of either sex.

• Fall Turkey Season daily shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

• Hunting Devices for Fall Turkey Sea-son are only airguns (that shoot arrows, bolts or bullets), crossbows, handguns, shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller or a solid, single projectile), rifles or ver-tical bows.

WINTER TURKEY SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2021

DATES AREA BAG LIMIT

Jan. 21–23 STATEWIDE Fall and Winter Seasons have a combined bag limit of 1 turkey of either sex

• The combined bag limit for the 2021 Winter and 2020 Fall Seasons is one turkey of either sex.

• Winter Turkey Season daily shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

• Spring Turkey Season daily shooting hours for May 11 through May 24 are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

• Hunting Devices for Spring Turkey Season are only shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, vertical bows or air guns that shoot arrows or bolts in the Spring Season.

• Dogs and organized drives may not be used.

• It is illegal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait or to place bait for turkeys during any turkey season. However, during the fall season, it is not considered to be hunting with the aid of bait if a hunter and any tur-key that a hunter shoots at are at least 150 yards from any bait legally placed for other species (e.g. corn placed to attract deer).

• Be aware: Fall turkey hunters are encour-aged to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing especially when other hunting seasons are open at the same time.

• Hunting Devices for Winter Turkey Season are only shotguns (loaded with #4 shot or smaller), crossbows, vertical bows, or air guns that shoot arrows or bolts.

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DEER AND TURKEY TAGGING & CHECKING

All hunters, including those who may hunt without a license (pg. 9), must complete the tagging and checking procedure for each deer and turkey taken. In order to check in their deer or turkey, hunters must have a DNRid number that is available through the COM-PASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ OR any Department of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4) OR a Department of Natural Resources Sport License Agent.

Before moving a deer or turkey from the place of kill, hunters must do the following:1. Complete a Deer and Turkey Field Tag

at the place of kill in ink and attach it to the animal, or;

2. Check in the animal at the place of kill and receive a confirmation number that can be furnished upon request. » Place of kill is the location where the

animal expired and was recovered.

If a confirmation number is obtained at the place of kill, the deer or turkey can be moved/transported untagged. Deer and turkeys can-not be moved or transported untagged if a confirmation number has not been received. Deer and turkeys must also be field tagged when giving, putting, or leaving them in possession of another person, or when left unattended; whether or not a confirmation number has been received. In this case, the tag shall remain attached until the animal is processed by the hunter for consumption, disposed of by a processing facility or left with a taxidermist.

When required, the field tag must be attached to the head of the deer or leg of the turkey. Hunters who plan to have their deer mounted should attach the tag to the antler and not through a hole cut in the ear. Field tags are available in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or a tag can

be made by the hunter with the appropriate information (hunter name, DNRid number, county of harvest and date of harvest, or a Confirmation Number with the hunter’s name when the animal has been checked in).

Within 24 hours of recovering a deer or turkey harvest, hunters must:1. Register their game with the Department

of Natural Resources using one of the following: » the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.

maryland.gov/ » the Maryland Big Game Registration

Phone Line 888-800-0121 » The Department of Natural Resources

official mobile app (AccessDNR) TTY users, call through the Maryland Relay. For ease of use, deaf and hard of hearing hunters are encouraged to use the internet check-in site or mobile app.2. Make a permanent record of their deer

or turkey registration by either: » Recording the confirmation num-

ber on a Big Game Harvest Record (provided with a hunting license) or creating a hard copy record of their own, or;

» Maintaining an electronic record of the confirmation number on a mobile device.

Harvest records, whether recorded elec-tronically or in hard copy format, must be furnished upon request and remain in pos-session of the hunter.

Please remember:• Hunters should indicate the actual hunt-

ing device used to take the deer or tur-key when checking their animal (not the season in which it is taken).

• Hunters must use their DNRid number when checking in a deer or turkey. The DNRid number is printed on all hunt-ing licenses.

• Each deer or turkey checked in will have its own confirmation number. If you have a question or need to retrieve a confirma-tion number, call your local Wildlife and Heritage Service office (pg. 4).

• A hunter may not remove the head or hide or any part from any deer (except internal organs), or cut the meat into parts, until the deer has been registered and the confirmation number received.

• Hunters are required to furnish the con-firmation number to taxidermists and processors/butchers before they can leave their deer or turkey. Hunters may use the Butcher/Taxidermy Tag that is provided in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping (or a tag with the appropriate information can be made by the hunter) for this purpose.

• If the hunter uses all of the spaces on the Big Game Harvest Record attached to the hunting license, additional Big Game Harvest Records can be created by the hunter or obtained free of charge through the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ OR any Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4) OR a Sport License Agent.

TURKEY MEASUREMENTS REQUIRED FOR CHECKING

SPURS: measure from the leg to the tip of the spur.

BEARD: measure from the skin to the tip of the beard.

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To check in your deer or turkey the following will be required:

Your DNRid number:

The year of your birth in digits as it appears on your hunting license, e�g�, 1955:

The date of harvest:

The county code number for the place of harvest:

The private land code number for the place of harvest (pgs� 36-38):

— Or —The public land code for the place of harvest (pg 36):

For deer-White-tailed, fallow, or sika?

Button buck, female or antlerless male, or antlered male?

Number of antler points:

Was this deer taken with a shotgun, rifle, vertical bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun or other (air gun, etc�)?

For turkey-Was this turkey taken with a shotgun, rifle, vertical bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun or other (air gun, etc�)?

How long is the beard; <6” or >6”?

How long are the spurs; <1/2” or >1/2”?

Record the Confirmation Number on your Big Game Harvest Record.

County Code Numbers

Allegany �������������������������������������������01

Anne Arundel �����������������������������������02

Baltimore ������������������������������������������03

Calvert ����������������������������������������������04

Caroline ��������������������������������������������05

Carroll �����������������������������������������������06

Cecil �������������������������������������������������07

Charles ���������������������������������������������08

Dorchester ���������������������������������������09

Frederick ������������������������������������������10

Garrett ���������������������������������������������� 11

Harford ���������������������������������������������12

Howard ���������������������������������������������13

Kent ��������������������������������������������������14

Montgomery ������������������������������������15

Prince George’s �������������������������������16

Queen Anne’s ����������������������������������17

St� Mary’s �����������������������������������������18

Somerset �����������������������������������������19

Talbot �����������������������������������������������20

Washington ��������������������������������������21

Wicomico �����������������������������������������22

Worcester �����������������������������������������23

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471

470

472

473

Laurel

Contee

Calverton

Beltsville

Greenbelt

Glenn Dale

BowieCollington

Priest BridgeCollege Park

Hyattsville

Suitland

HillcrestHeights

Largo

Woodmore

KolbesCorner

UpperMarlboroMeadows

MellwoodOxon Hill

Clinton

TippettSilesia

Piscataway T.B.

Acco*keek

CroomRosaryville

Cheltenham

NaylorBrandywine

Ashbox

BadenHorsehead

Westwood

Poplar Hill

AquascoEagleHarbor

Potoma c River

Patuxent

River

Cedarville

951

197

197

193

193

564

450

50

495

495

95

954

214

704301

301

301

193

193

202

202

214

223

223

5

5

210

337

373

210

382

382381

381

210

211 212

213

214

Deep Creek Lake

Oakland

Grantsville

219

219

40

50

68

68

560

135

135

669

39

42

42495

Youghiogheny River

YoughioghenyRiver Lake

Friendsville

KeysersRidge

AccidentElder

Hoyes

Sang Run

Browning Mill

Thayerville

Crellin

Gortner

Redhouse

Gnegy ChurchTable Rock

Gorman

Kearny

KelsoGap

MountainLakePark

Loch LynnHeights

TaskerCors.

Deer ParkAltamont

Kitzmiller

Swaton

Bloomington

SavageRiver

Reservoir

Savage River

NewGermany

Avilton

AsherGlade

Selbysport

546

Finzel

Hutton

Bittinger

40ALT

234

230

231

232

233

Evitts Creek

Barrellville

Ellerslie

CorriganvilleMt. Savage

Zilhman

FrostburgEckhart Mines

GlarysvilleLaVale

40ALT

47

3636

638

4068

ValeSummit

Midlothian

Midland

PotomacPark

Cresaptown

Pinto

Rawlings

Dawson

McCoole

WesternportLuke

Barton

Pekin

Lonaconing

220

53

55

36

36

936

657

Ridgeley

NorthBranch

68

40220

51

Flintstone

Cumberland

Spring Gap

Oldtown

Pratt

Piney Grove

LittleOrleans

PumkinCenter

Rush

Twiggtown

40ALT

68

40

51

40ALT

40

40

40

40

68144

70

70

70

615

57

58

56

494 81

63

11

11

68

68

68

60

62

418

64

64

491

65

65

6366

66

34

34

67

67

632

HarveyHanco*ck

Exline

Millstone

IndianSprings

Big Pool

ClearSpring

Big Spring

St. PaulsChurch W ilson

Huyett

Fairview

Pinesburg

WilliamsportHalfway

CedarLawn

Cearfoss

Maugansville

Fountain Head

HagerstownChewsville

Leitersburg

Ringgold

Smithsburg

Cavetown

Funkstown

Pen Mar

Cascade

Beaver CreekWagnersCrossroads

Benevola

St. James

Lappans

FairplayTilghmanton

Downsville

Boonsboro

Keedysville

Sharpsburg

Antietam

Rohrersville

Gapland

Dargan

Brownsville

Weverton

Potomac River

Potomac River

250

251

252

410

411

412

Lisbon

Florence

Glenwood

Cooksville

WestFriendship

Glenelg

Dayton

Pine Orchard

Ellicott City

Clarksville

HighlandSimpsonville

FultonScaggsville

Savage

Jonestown

Waterloo

Dorsey

Elkridge

Daniels

Woodstock

MarriottsvilleSlacksCorner

South BranchPatapsco River

Patuxent River

Guilford

40

7032

32

32

99

144

144

9794

108

216

216

29

29

100103

95108175

1

431

430

432

433

Cabin John

Fairland

Claggetsville

Lewisdale Damascus

WoodfieldEtchison

Cedar Grove

Clarksburg

Hyattstown

Unity

Sunshine

Brighton

BrinklowSandySpring Ashton

Comus

DickersonBarnesville

GermantownBeallsvilleMartinsburg

WhitesFerry Poolesville

Dawsonville

Darnestown

Seneca

QuinceOrchard

NorthPotomac

Travilah

PotomacGreatFalls

LaytonsvilleBrink

Goshen

Brooksville

MontgomeryVillage

Gaithersburg RedlandOlney

DerwoodNorbeck

Rockville AspenHill

Layhill

Norwood

Colesville

W heaton

SilverSpring

Spencerville

Burtonsville

Potomac River

Bethesda

Stronghold

108

108

124

650

650

355 27

198

270

270

95

109

121

121

117117

118

112

107

109 28

28

124

189190

190

191

124

370

108

97

28

28

355

115

182650

650

586185

185

29

495

193

310

311

312

Harney

Silver Run

Union MillsTaneytown

Keysville

DetourKeymar

Middleburg

Union Bridge

Linwood

New Windsor

Uniontown

Frizzellburg

Mt. Pleasant

Westminster

97

194

194

140

84852

Deep Run

BachmanMills

Melrose

MillersAlesia

Lineboro

Manchester

Greenmont

HampsteadMexico

CranberryAspenRun

Carrollton

Patapsco

86

496

30

27 482

91FenbyWarfieldsburg

Marston

Finksburg

GamberTaylorsville

Winfield

Daniel

HarrisvilleEldersburg

Oakland

HenrytonSykesville

GaitherWoodbineRidgeville

31

97

97

32

32

32

91

140407 27

26

27

LibertyReservoir

491

490

492

227

210

224

224

225

227

228

301

301

4253446

66

6

254

257

234

231

488

5

925

205

2246

425

MarshallHall

BryansRoad

PomonkeyPotomacHeightsIndian

Head

PomfretMason Springs

Marbury

Rison Pisgah

Chicamuxen

HillTop

McConchie

Nanjemoy

Grayton

Welcome

Ironsides

PortTobacco

PopesCreek

Potomac River

Potomac River

Nanjemoy Creek

Port Tobacco River

Beantown

St. Charles

Malcolm

Bryantown

LaPlataBurntStore Hughesville

Patuxent

Benedict

Newtown

DentsvilleDubois

Bel Alton

Faulkner

AllensFresh Newport

Newburg

MountVictoriaMorgantown

Tompkinsville

Issue RockPoint

CobbIsland

Patuxent River

Doncaster

Riverside

Waldorf

Mattawoman

White Plains

Allegany Washington Frederick Carroll

Howard

Garrett

Montgomery

Prince George’s

Charles

St. Mary’s

270

271

272

273

274

Thurmont

Monocacy River

Monocacy

River

EmmitsburgSabillasville

Lantz

Motters

GracehamRockyRidge

Catoctin CreagerstownLadiesburg

New MidwayLeGore

Lewistown

Woodsboro Johnsville

WalkersvilleLibertytown

Unionville

Mt. Pleasant

Ceresville

NewLondon

WoodvilleFrederick

New Market

Ijarnsville Monrovia

Kemptown

Green Valley

Urbana

ThurstonLilyPonds

Adamstown

Buckeystown

LimeKiln

Tuscarora

Doubs

Rosemont

Jefferson

BurkittsvilleBroad Run

BraddockHeights

Middletown

Myersville

Ellerton

YellowSprings

Brunswick

Mount Airy

15

15

15

270

70

70

40

40ALT

340

550

550

77

77

491140

76

75

75

75

2626

194

806

80

351

28

7985

85

464478

383

17

17

17

180

31

80

CWDMA

The Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area

includes Allegany and Washington counties.

Washington County

Deer Management Zone 2

(250 & 251 private land codes areas

are in Region A)

Washington

County

Deer

Management

Zone 1

(252 private land code

is in Region B)

Baltimore Harford

Calvert

330

332331

333

334

Maryland LineFreeland

EkloMiddletown

BentleySprings

ShanePrettyboyResevoir

RayvilleParkton

White HallWeisburg

WhiteHouse

Gunpowder FallsShepperd

Hereford

Monkton

Arcadia

Fowblesburg

BoringButler

Dover

Woodensburg Shawan

ManorGlencoe

Sparks

Phoenix JacksonvilleSweet Air

Sunnybrook

HydesLongGreen

Baldwin

co*ckeysville

Texas

Loch RavenResevoir

Timonium

Lutherville

WorthingtonReisterstown

Delight

OwingsMills

Wards Chapel

HarrisonvillePikesville

Randallstown

Granite Hebbville

Catonsville

Glyndon

ForkMountVista Kingsville

UpperFalls

PerryHall

Towson

FullertonParkville

Chase

Essex

Edgemere

Patapsco River

Back River

Middle River

LibertyReservoir

562

83

83

83

43945

138

138137

128

140

151

150

166

144

129

125

131130

146

146

145

147795

26

695

695

69570

40

40

95

95

1

43

7700

702

587

25

88

3045

145

25

South River

422

421

420Magothy RiverSevern River

West River

ForemansCorner

RivieraBeachGlen Burnie

BWI

Harundale

SevernSouthgate

ArmigerJacobsville

Lake Shore

BaysideBeach

Pinehurst

PasadenaRidgeway

Odenton

Cape St. Clair

Arnold

Severna Park

Dorrs CornerGambrills

Millersville

Crownsville

SkidmoreConaways

Crofton

Annapolis

Edgewater

HillsmereShores

Londontown

CollinsonCorner

Bay Ridge

Highland Beach

Arundel OnThe Bay

Steuart CornerDavidsonville

Birdsville SouthRiver

SelbyBeachMayoBeverleyBeach

WestRiver

Idlewilde

Shady Side

Marriott Hill

Harwood

Bayard

Mt. ZionWaysonsCorner

Greenock

BristolChurchton

DealeNutwell

Tracys Landing

Fairhaven

FriendshipRose Haven

Riva

AnnapolisJunction

Jessup

Galesville

97

97

295

173

173

170

170

176

174100

100174

713

648177

32175

175

198

3

2

2

178179

50301

50301

450

424

665

253

2

2

214

468

468

255

422

408259

258 256

423

261

4

450

451

453

452

ChaneyLyons Creek

OwingsMountHarmony

North Beach

ChesapeakeBeachChaneyville

Sunderland

Dunkirk

LowerMarlboro

PlumPointParran

Huntingtown

Stoakley

PrinceFrederick

DaresBeach

BarstowPort

RepublicGovernorRun

Bowens

Mutual

IslandCreek

BroomesIsland

Wallville

St. LeonardCalvert Beach

Long Beach

Lusby

CovePoint

Appeal

Solomons

DowellOlivet

Drum Point

Willows

260

260

4

4

4

2

2

2

262

261

263

263

521

402

231 508 506

264

264

265

765

497

760

320

321

Norrisville

Drybranch

Shawsville

Harkins

FederalHill

CardiffWhiteford

Pylesville

Street

Prospect

Dublin

DarlingtonAdyRocks

Jarrettsville

ForestHill

Blackhorse

Hickory

Bel Air

Churchville

Level Webster

Fountain Green

Madonna

Deer Creek

HessPutnam

Upper Crossroads

Scarff

Fallston

PleasantHills

Mountain

Joppa

Joppatowne

Magnolia

Edgewood

Van Bibber

Abingdon

Emmorton

Benson Creswell

Bush River

PerrymanBelcamp

Aberdeen

Havrede Grace

Carsins

Gunpowder River

AberdeenProvingGround

AberdeenProvingGround

Bush River

136 136

136

23

24

24

165

165624

543

543

646

1

1

1

623

161

155155

23

23

22

440

152

152

165

147

1

1BUS

24

924

22

543

543 136

156

159

462

95

7157

146

Region A includes Garrett, Allegany and

Washington (Zone 2) counties.

6

5

5

5

5

236

235

235

247

242

242

245

245

238

238

472

234

243470

242

520

239237

244

246

249

249

712471

4

Golden Beach

Huntersville

Oraville

Mechanicsville

Sandgates

OakvilleHelen

Budds Creek

ChapticoLoveville

Town Creek

Hollywood

ClementsMaddox

Dynard

Bushwood

Oakley

ComptonAvenue

Leonardtown

Redgate

California

Callaway

Abell

Coltons Point

GreatMills

Valley Lee

DraydenTall Timbers

ParkHall

Hermanville

St. Mary'sCity

Piney Point

St. GeorgeIsland

St. Inigoes Dameron

Ridge

Wynne

Scotland

Wicom

ico River

Potomac River

Chesapeake Bay

Patuxent River

St. Mary's River

Breton Bay

St. Clements Bay

Beauvue

Newmarket

CharlotteHall

Morganza

461

460

Anne Arundel

DEER AND TURKEY TAGGING & CHECKING

ALLEGANY COUNTY 01Dan’s Mountain WMA 240Warrior Mountain WMA 241Green Ridge SF 242Billmeyer WMA 243Rocky Gap SP 244Belle Grove WMA 245Sideling Hill WMA 246McCoole Fishery Management Area

247

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY 02Davidsonville Receiver Station 424Fort Meade 425Smithsonian 427Crownsville CWMA 428Sandy Point SP 429

BALTIMORE COUNTY 03Prettyboy Watershed 340Liberty Watershed 341Loch Raven Watershed 342Gunpowder Falls SP 343Patapsco Valley SP 344Gwynnbrook WMA 345Soldiers Delight NEA 346North Point SP 348

CALVERT COUNTY 04Parkers Creek WMA 454Calvert Cliffs SP 455Flag Pond CWMA 456Huntingtown Area 457Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm CWMA 458Hall Creek NRMA 459

CAROLINE COUNTY 05Idylwild WMA 525Tuckahoe SP 526Chesapeake Forest Lands 527

CARROLL COUNTY 06Morgan Run NEA 314Liberty Watershed 315Hanover Watershed 316Sawmill-Speigel CWMA 317Patapsco Valley SP 319Avondale WMA 630Woodbrook CWMA 632Maring CWMA 633Hahn CWMA 634

CECIL COUNTY 07Elk Neck SP 360Elk Neck SF 361

C and D Canal Lands 362Earleville WMA 363Fair Hill NRMA 364Bohemia River NRMA 365Grove Farm WMA 366Old Bohemia WMA 367

CHARLES COUNTY 08Riverside WMA 395Popes Creek WMA 396Chapman SP (Mt. Aventine) 397Nanjemoy WMA 398Cedar Point WMA 399Indian Head Naval Ordinance Area 400Myrtle Grove WMA 401Doncaster SF or Tayloes Neck 402Chapel Point SP 403Nanjemoy Creek WMA 404Cedarville SF 405Indian Creek NRMA 406Chicamuxen WMA 407Blossom Point Field Test Facility 408

DORCHESTER COUNTY 09LeCompte WMA 540Linkwood WMA 541Fishing Bay WMA 542Blackwater NWR 543Taylor’s Island WMA 544Chesapeake Forest Lands 545

FREDERICK COUNTY 10Frederick City Watershed 280Gravel Hill Swamp WMA 280Ridenour Swamp WMA 280Cunningham Falls SP, Thurmont WS 281Monocacy NRMA 282South Mountain SP 283Emmitsburg Watershed 284Heaters Island WMA 286Urbana Fishery Management Area 287

GARRETT COUNTY 11Savage River SF 220Potomac SF 221Garrett SF 222Mount Nebo WMA 223Deep Creek Lake SP 224Youghiogheny Reservoir 2254H Center 226Frostburg Watershed 227Cunningham Swamp WMA 228Wolf Den Run SP 229

HARFORD COUNTY 12Rocks SP 325Aberdeen Proving Ground 326Gunpowder Falls SP 327Susquehanna SP 328Stoney Demonstration Forest 329

HOWARD COUNTY 13Hugg-Thomas WMA 415Patuxent River SP 416Patapsco Valley SP 417Triadelphia/Rocky Gorge (WSSC) 604

KENT COUNTY 14Millington WMA 375Eastern Neck NWR 376Sassafras NRMA 378

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 15Patuxent River SP 440Mckee-Beshers WMA 441Seneca Creek SP 442Cherrington CWMA 443Strider WMA 444Islands of the Potomac 445Triadelphia/Rocky Gorge (WSSC) 447Seneca Schaeffer Farm Tract 625

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY 16Queen Anne Bridge Rd. CWMA 475Belt Woods NEA 476Gardner Road Park CWMA 477Cheltenham WMA 478Aquasco Farms CWMA 480Spice Creek (Patuxent River) NRMA 481Milltown Landing NRMA 482Nottingham NRMA 483Beltsville 484Rosaryville SP 485Brandywine Receiver Station 486Patuxent WRC (Central Tract) 487Billingsley Tract (Patuxent River Park)

488

Triadelphia/Rocky Gorge (WSSC) 489QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY 17

Tuckahoe SP 390Wye Island NRMA 391Browns Branch WMA 392

ST. MARY’S COUNTY 18Newtowne Neck SP 462St. Inigoes SF 463Point Lookout SP (Jacobs Property)

464

Patuxent Naval Air Station 465Elm’s CWMA 466St. Mary’s River SP or Salem Tract

467

Historic St. Mary’s City CWMA 468Greenwell SP 469Myrtle Point CWMA 600

SOMERSET COUNTY 19Deal Island WMA 500Fairmount WMA 501Cedar Island WMA 503Pocomoke Sound WMA 504Maryland Marine Properties WMA 505Wellington WMA 506South Marsh Island WMA 507Chesapeake Forest Lands 508

TALBOT COUNTY 20Seth CFL 515

WASHINGTON COUNTY 21Indian Springs WMA 260Sideling Hill WMA 261South Mountain SP 262Hagerstown Watershed 263W. Maryland Ag. Research Station (B)

264

Greenbrier SP 265Fort Frederick SP 266Woodmont NRMA 267Maryland Correctional Training Center

268

Prather’s Neck WMA 269WICOMICO COUNTY 22

Wetipquin WMA 554Ellis Bay WMA 555Wicomico Demo Forest CFL 556Johnson WMA 557Nantico*ke WMA 558Chesapeake Forest Lands 559Blackwater NWR 560

WORCESTER COUNTY 23Pocomoke SF 580E.A. Vaughn WMA 581Hickory Point 582Pocomoke River WMA 583Isle of Wight WMA 584Assateague NS 585Chesapeake Forest Lands 586Assateague SP 700

PUBLIC LAND CODES BY COUNTY

How to Use These Maps

• Maryland counties and their respective Private Land Codes are displayed geographically on pgs. 36-38.

• Find your place of harvest and the corresponding private land code number on the maps, or the public land code number from the chart, and provide the code number at check in.

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471

470

472

473

Laurel

Contee

Calverton

Beltsville

Greenbelt

Glenn Dale

BowieCollington

Priest BridgeCollege Park

Hyattsville

Suitland

HillcrestHeights

Largo

Woodmore

KolbesCorner

UpperMarlboroMeadows

MellwoodOxon Hill

Clinton

TippettSilesia

Piscataway T.B.

Acco*keek

CroomRosaryville

Cheltenham

NaylorBrandywine

Ashbox

BadenHorsehead

Westwood

Poplar Hill

AquascoEagleHarbor

Potoma c River

Patuxent

River

Cedarville

951

197

197

193

193

564

450

50

495

495

95

954

214

704301

301

301

193

193

202

202

214

223

223

5

5

210

337

373

210

382

382381

381

210

211 212

213

214

Deep Creek Lake

Oakland

Grantsville

219

219

40

50

68

68

560

135

135

669

39

42

42495

Youghiogheny River

YoughioghenyRiver Lake

Friendsville

KeysersRidge

AccidentElder

Hoyes

Sang Run

Browning Mill

Thayerville

Crellin

Gortner

Redhouse

Gnegy ChurchTable Rock

Gorman

Kearny

KelsoGap

MountainLakePark

Loch LynnHeights

TaskerCors.

Deer ParkAltamont

Kitzmiller

Swaton

Bloomington

SavageRiver

Reservoir

Savage River

NewGermany

Avilton

AsherGlade

Selbysport

546

Finzel

Hutton

Bittinger

40ALT

234

230

231

232

233

Evitts Creek

Barrellville

Ellerslie

CorriganvilleMt. Savage

Zilhman

FrostburgEckhart Mines

GlarysvilleLaVale

40ALT

47

3636

638

4068

ValeSummit

Midlothian

Midland

PotomacPark

Cresaptown

Pinto

Rawlings

Dawson

McCoole

WesternportLuke

Barton

Pekin

Lonaconing

220

53

55

36

36

936

657

Ridgeley

NorthBranch

68

40220

51

Flintstone

Cumberland

Spring Gap

Oldtown

Pratt

Piney Grove

LittleOrleans

PumkinCenter

Rush

Twiggtown

40ALT

68

40

51

40ALT

40

40

40

40

68144

70

70

70

615

57

58

56

494 81

63

11

11

68

68

68

60

62

418

64

64

491

65

65

6366

66

34

34

67

67

632

HarveyHanco*ck

Exline

Millstone

IndianSprings

Big Pool

ClearSpring

Big Spring

St. PaulsChurch W ilson

Huyett

Fairview

Pinesburg

WilliamsportHalfway

CedarLawn

Cearfoss

Maugansville

Fountain Head

HagerstownChewsville

Leitersburg

Ringgold

Smithsburg

Cavetown

Funkstown

Pen Mar

Cascade

Beaver CreekWagnersCrossroads

Benevola

St. James

Lappans

FairplayTilghmanton

Downsville

Boonsboro

Keedysville

Sharpsburg

Antietam

Rohrersville

Gapland

Dargan

Brownsville

Weverton

Potomac River

Potomac River

250

251

252

410

411

412

Lisbon

Florence

Glenwood

Cooksville

WestFriendship

Glenelg

Dayton

Pine Orchard

Ellicott City

Clarksville

HighlandSimpsonville

FultonScaggsville

Savage

Jonestown

Waterloo

Dorsey

Elkridge

Daniels

Woodstock

MarriottsvilleSlacksCorner

South BranchPatapsco River

Patuxent River

Guilford

40

7032

32

32

99

144

144

9794

108

216

216

29

29

100103

95108175

1

431

430

432

433

Cabin John

Fairland

Claggetsville

Lewisdale Damascus

WoodfieldEtchison

Cedar Grove

Clarksburg

Hyattstown

Unity

Sunshine

Brighton

BrinklowSandySpring Ashton

Comus

DickersonBarnesville

GermantownBeallsvilleMartinsburg

WhitesFerry Poolesville

Dawsonville

Darnestown

Seneca

QuinceOrchard

NorthPotomac

Travilah

PotomacGreatFalls

LaytonsvilleBrink

Goshen

Brooksville

MontgomeryVillage

Gaithersburg RedlandOlney

DerwoodNorbeck

Rockville AspenHill

Layhill

Norwood

Colesville

W heaton

SilverSpring

Spencerville

Burtonsville

Potomac River

Bethesda

Stronghold

108

108

124

650

650

355 27

198

270

270

95

109

121

121

117117

118

112

107

109 28

28

124

189190

190

191

124

370

108

97

28

28

355

115

182650

650

586185

185

29

495

193

310

311

312

Harney

Silver Run

Union MillsTaneytown

Keysville

DetourKeymar

Middleburg

Union Bridge

Linwood

New Windsor

Uniontown

Frizzellburg

Mt. Pleasant

Westminster

97

194

194

140

84852

Deep Run

BachmanMills

Melrose

MillersAlesia

Lineboro

Manchester

Greenmont

HampsteadMexico

CranberryAspenRun

Carrollton

Patapsco

86

496

30

27 482

91FenbyWarfieldsburg

Marston

Finksburg

GamberTaylorsville

Winfield

Daniel

HarrisvilleEldersburg

Oakland

HenrytonSykesville

GaitherWoodbineRidgeville

31

97

97

32

32

32

91

140407 27

26

27

LibertyReservoir

491

490

492

227

210

224

224

225

227

228

301

301

4253446

66

6

254

257

234

231

488

5

925

205

2246

425

MarshallHall

BryansRoad

PomonkeyPotomacHeightsIndian

Head

PomfretMason Springs

Marbury

Rison Pisgah

Chicamuxen

HillTop

McConchie

Nanjemoy

Grayton

Welcome

Ironsides

PortTobacco

PopesCreek

Potomac River

Potomac River

Nanjemoy Creek

Port Tobacco River

Beantown

St. Charles

Malcolm

Bryantown

LaPlataBurntStore Hughesville

Patuxent

Benedict

Newtown

DentsvilleDubois

Bel Alton

Faulkner

AllensFresh Newport

Newburg

MountVictoriaMorgantown

Tompkinsville

Issue RockPoint

CobbIsland

Patuxent River

Doncaster

Riverside

Waldorf

Mattawoman

White Plains

Allegany Washington Frederick Carroll

Howard

Garrett

Montgomery

Prince George’s

Charles

St. Mary’s

270

271

272

273

274

Thurmont

Monocacy River

Monocacy

River

EmmitsburgSabillasville

Lantz

Motters

GracehamRockyRidge

Catoctin CreagerstownLadiesburg

New MidwayLeGore

Lewistown

Woodsboro Johnsville

WalkersvilleLibertytown

Unionville

Mt. Pleasant

Ceresville

NewLondon

WoodvilleFrederick

New Market

Ijarnsville Monrovia

Kemptown

Green Valley

Urbana

ThurstonLilyPonds

Adamstown

Buckeystown

LimeKiln

Tuscarora

Doubs

Rosemont

Jefferson

BurkittsvilleBroad Run

BraddockHeights

Middletown

Myersville

Ellerton

YellowSprings

Brunswick

Mount Airy

15

15

15

270

70

70

40

40ALT

340

550

550

77

77

491140

76

75

75

75

2626

194

806

80

351

28

7985

85

464478

383

17

17

17

180

31

80

CWDMA

The Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area

includes Allegany and Washington counties.

Washington County

Deer Management Zone 2

(250 & 251 private land codes areas

are in Region A)

Washington

County

Deer

Management

Zone 1

(252 private land code

is in Region B)

Baltimore Harford

Calvert

330

332331

333

334

Maryland LineFreeland

EkloMiddletown

BentleySprings

ShanePrettyboyResevoir

RayvilleParkton

White HallWeisburg

WhiteHouse

Gunpowder FallsShepperd

Hereford

Monkton

Arcadia

Fowblesburg

BoringButler

Dover

Woodensburg Shawan

ManorGlencoe

Sparks

Phoenix JacksonvilleSweet Air

Sunnybrook

HydesLongGreen

Baldwin

co*ckeysville

Texas

Loch RavenResevoir

Timonium

Lutherville

WorthingtonReisterstown

Delight

OwingsMills

Wards Chapel

HarrisonvillePikesville

Randallstown

Granite Hebbville

Catonsville

Glyndon

ForkMountVista Kingsville

UpperFalls

PerryHall

Towson

FullertonParkville

Chase

Essex

Edgemere

Patapsco River

Back River

Middle River

LibertyReservoir

562

83

83

83

43945

138

138137

128

140

151

150

166

144

129

125

131130

146

146

145

147795

26

695

695

69570

40

40

95

95

1

43

7700

702

587

25

88

3045

145

25

South River

422

421

420Magothy RiverSevern River

West River

ForemansCorner

RivieraBeachGlen Burnie

BWI

Harundale

SevernSouthgate

ArmigerJacobsville

Lake Shore

BaysideBeach

Pinehurst

PasadenaRidgeway

Odenton

Cape St. Clair

Arnold

Severna Park

Dorrs CornerGambrills

Millersville

Crownsville

SkidmoreConaways

Crofton

Annapolis

Edgewater

HillsmereShores

Londontown

CollinsonCorner

Bay Ridge

Highland Beach

Arundel OnThe Bay

Steuart CornerDavidsonville

Birdsville SouthRiver

SelbyBeachMayoBeverleyBeach

WestRiver

Idlewilde

Shady Side

Marriott Hill

Harwood

Bayard

Mt. ZionWaysonsCorner

Greenock

BristolChurchton

DealeNutwell

Tracys Landing

Fairhaven

FriendshipRose Haven

Riva

AnnapolisJunction

Jessup

Galesville

97

97

295

173

173

170

170

176

174100

100174

713

648177

32175

175

198

3

2

2

178179

50301

50301

450

424

665

253

2

2

214

468

468

255

422

408259

258 256

423

261

4

450

451

453

452

ChaneyLyons Creek

OwingsMountHarmony

North Beach

ChesapeakeBeachChaneyville

Sunderland

Dunkirk

LowerMarlboro

PlumPointParran

Huntingtown

Stoakley

PrinceFrederick

DaresBeach

BarstowPort

RepublicGovernorRun

Bowens

Mutual

IslandCreek

BroomesIsland

Wallville

St. LeonardCalvert Beach

Long Beach

Lusby

CovePoint

Appeal

Solomons

DowellOlivet

Drum Point

Willows

260

260

4

4

4

2

2

2

262

261

263

263

521

402

231 508 506

264

264

265

765

497

760

320

321

Norrisville

Drybranch

Shawsville

Harkins

FederalHill

CardiffWhiteford

Pylesville

Street

Prospect

Dublin

DarlingtonAdyRocks

Jarrettsville

ForestHill

Blackhorse

Hickory

Bel Air

Churchville

Level Webster

Fountain Green

Madonna

Deer Creek

HessPutnam

Upper Crossroads

Scarff

Fallston

PleasantHills

Mountain

Joppa

Joppatowne

Magnolia

Edgewood

Van Bibber

Abingdon

Emmorton

Benson Creswell

Bush River

PerrymanBelcamp

Aberdeen

Havrede Grace

Carsins

Gunpowder River

AberdeenProvingGround

AberdeenProvingGround

Bush River

136 136

136

23

24

24

165

165624

543

543

646

1

1

1

623

161

155155

23

23

22

440

152

152

165

147

1

1BUS

24

924

22

543

543 136

156

159

462

95

7157

146

Region A includes Garrett, Allegany and

Washington (Zone 2) counties.

6

5

5

5

5

236

235

235

247

242

242

245

245

238

238

472

234

243470

242

520

239237

244

246

249

249

712471

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Golden Beach

Huntersville

Oraville

Mechanicsville

Sandgates

OakvilleHelen

Budds Creek

ChapticoLoveville

Town Creek

Hollywood

ClementsMaddox

Dynard

Bushwood

Oakley

ComptonAvenue

Leonardtown

Redgate

California

Callaway

Abell

Coltons Point

GreatMills

Valley Lee

DraydenTall Timbers

ParkHall

Hermanville

St. Mary'sCity

Piney Point

St. GeorgeIsland

St. Inigoes Dameron

Ridge

Wynne

Scotland

Wicom

ico River

Potomac River

Chesapeake Bay

Patuxent River

St. Mary's River

Breton Bay

St. Clements Bay

Beauvue

Newmarket

CharlotteHall

Morganza

461

460

Anne Arundel

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How to Use These Maps

• Find your place of harvest and the corresponding private land

code number on the maps, or the public land code number from the

chart, and provide the code number at check in.

DEER AND TURKEY TAGGING & CHECKING

Talbot County

Dorchester County

Frederick and Worcester County areas where only shotguns or straight-walled cartridge rifles and handguns may be used to hunt deer. Note: bottleneck cartridge handguns can be used throughout Frederick County.

• That section of Frederick County located west of the Monocacy River beginning where Fingerboard Road crosses the river, then by and with the west side of the Monocacy River to the crossing by Biggs Ford Road, then by and with the south side of Biggs Ford Road to the junction with Route 15, then by and with the west side of Route 15 to the junction with Sundays Lane, then by and with the south side of Sundays Lane to the junction with Bloomfield Road, then by and with the east side of Bloomfield Road to the junction with Opossumtown Pike, then by and with the south side of Opossumtown Pike to the junction with Walter Martz Road, then by and with the east side of Walter Martz Road to the junction with Christopher’s Crossing, then by and with the south side of Christopher’s Crossing to the junction with Rocky Springs Road, then by and with the south and east side of Rocky Springs Road to the junction with Kemp Lane, then by and with the east side of Kemp Lane to the junction with Shookstown Road, then by and with the north side of Shookstown Road to the junction with Bowers Road, then by and with the east side of Bowers Road to the junction West Patrick Street, then by and with the north side of West Patrick Street to the junction with Blentlinger Road, then by and with the east side of Blentlinger Road to the junction with Old National Pike, then by and with the south side of Old National Pike to the junction with Maryland Interstate 70, then by and with the north side of Maryland Interstate 70 to the junction with Route 15, then by and with the east side of Route 15 to the junction with Mt. Zion Road, then by and with the north side of Mt. Zion Road to the junction with Elmer Derr Road, and then by and with the north side of Elmer Derr Road to the junction with New Design Road, then by and with the east side of New Design Road to the junction with Manor Woods Road, then by and with the north side of Manor Woods Road to the junction with Buckystown Pike, then by and with the east side of Buckystown Pike to the junction with Fingerboard Road, and then by and with the north side of Fingerboard Road to the crossing over the Monocacy River.

• Those sections of Worcester County as follows: » within one mile of any school; » within that portion of South Point lying south of a line beginning at the

west end of the Sinepuxent Bay Bridge on State Rt. 611, then by and with the south side of Rt. 611 to the junction of the South Point Road going south for a distance of 0.6 miles to a point opposite the southern boundary of the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club property on the west side of the road, then by the southern boundary of the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club to Trappe Creek; and within that portion of the land lying south of a line beginning at the mouth of the St. Martin River northwest to the junction with Shingle Landing Road, then by and with the south side of Shingle Landing Road to the junction with State Rt. 113, then by and with the east side of Rt. 113 to the junction with Rt. 589, then by and with the east side of Rt. 589 to the junction with US Rt. 50, then by and with the north side of Rt. 50 to the junction with Assawoman Bay, then by and with the west boundary of Assawoman Bay to the junction with the St. Martin River.

See map on page 15 for all shotgun and rifle counties/areas.

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Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regu-lations can be viewed at: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/MGB_FederalHuntingRegs.pdf

Offshore Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations (offshore duck blinds, sea duck and offshore waterfowl hunting zones) can be viewed at: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/offshore_intro.aspx

General Migratory Game Bird Hunting Rules

• Migratory game birds may not be hunted on Sundays.

• A hunter must carry personal photo identification (such as driver’s license) or a secondary form of identification while hunting.

• Written permission is required to hunt on private land.

• A hunting license is required to hunt migratory game birds (with exceptions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces information and hunting license costs, exceptions, pur-chasing, requirements and types.

• A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (pg. 7) is required of all hunters to hunt all migratory game birds in Maryland. This includes persons not required to have a hunting license and holders of senior hunting licenses. » This stamp may be obtained through

the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ OR any Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4) OR a Sport License agent.

» While hunting migratory game birds, hunters must possess the printed

validation showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and Harvest Information Program certification.

» Hunters are not required to possess or sign the actual stamp.

• A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (pg. 7) is required of all hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt brant, coots, ducks and geese. This includes persons not required to have a hunting license (see Who May Hunt With-out a License, pg. 9). » This stamp may be purchased from

National Wildlife Refuges, Post Offices, online at duckstamp.com and through the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ OR any Licensing and Registration Service Center (pg. 4) OR a Sport License agent.

» If you order your federal duck stamp online (duckstamp.com), you will re-ceive a purchase code. If you purchase your stamp through COMPASS, a sport license agent, online licensing or a Licensing and Registration Center, you will receive a printed validation showing proof of purchase. Both the purchase code and the validation will be accepted as proof of the purchase for 45 days, and must be possessed while hunting waterfowl and coots. The paper stamp will be mailed to the purchaser.

» The proof of purchase will expire after 45 days, thereafter the purchaser must possess the stamp, signed in ink, while hunting waterfowl and coots.

» This stamp must be signed in ink but does not have to be attached to the hunting license.

» If you do not receive your federal duck stamp within 2–3 weeks af-ter purchase from the Department of Natural Resources online or by phone, please email duckstamp@ amplex.com or call 800-852-4897.

• A Harvest Information Program Certifi-cation is required of all hunters to hunt all migratory game birds. The certifica-tion is free and issued with the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.

• Hunters must have the printed valida-tion showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and Harvest Information Program certification in their possession while hunting migra-tory game birds.

• When you purchase your Maryland Migra-tory Game Bird Stamp, you will be asked the following Harvest Information Pro-gram questions that are used for harvest survey sampling only: » Do you plan to hunt brant this coming

hunting season? » About how many ducks, geese, doves

and woodco*ck did you bag last season? » Did you hunt coots, sea ducks (eiders,

long-tailed ducks and scoters), snipe or rails last season?

• A Maryland Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit (pg. 8) is required to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season. Hunters must possess the printed valida-tion showing proof of the purchase of this permit while hunting (see Light Goose Seasons and Bag Limits, pg. 42).

• A Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License allows you to shoot only captive-raised game birds on a state-licensed Regu-lated Shooting Area (see Other Licenses, pg. 7). To hunt free-flying, captive-raised mallard ducks or wild waterfowl on a state-licensed Regulated Shooting Area, a hunter must possess a Maryland hunt-ing license, the printed validation show-ing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp or its proof of purchase (if over the age of 15).

• A Stationary Blind and Blind Site License is required to hunt from an offshore water-fowl blind or blind site in Maryland pub-lic waters (see Other Licenses pg. 7). For Maryland Offshore Waterfowl Hunting information see: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/offshore_intro.aspx.

MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING

Migratory Game Birds are: brant, coots, doves, ducks, geese, rails, snipe and woodco*ck. Brant, ducks and geese are referred to as waterfowl.

September Teal Season ..........................................................................................pg. 40 Regular Duck Season .............................................................................................pg. 40Youth, Veteran and Military Waterfowl Hunting Days ............................................pg. 40Brant Season ..........................................................................................................pg. 40Early Canada Goose Seasons ................................................................................pg. 41Sea Duck Zone Seasons .........................................................................................pg. 41Migratory and Late Canada Goose Seasons .........................................................pg. 42Light Goose Seasons ..............................................................................................pg. 42Dove, Woodco*ck, Rails and Snipe Seasons ...........................................................pg. 43Extended Falconry Seasons ...................................................................................pg. 43Migratory Game Bird Hunting Rules and Regulations ..........................................pg. 44Migratory Game Bird Hunting Devices and Regulations .......................................pg. 45

There is no open season for gallinules, harlequin ducks, moorhens or swans.

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SEPTEMBER TEAL STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020

DATES BAG LIMIT

Sept. 16–30 6 teal per day possession limit of 18

The September Teal Season is open in these counties:• Calvert• Caroline• Cecil• Dorchester• Harford• Kent• Queen Anne’s• St. Mary’s• Somerset

• Talbot• Wicomico• Worcester; and• that part of Anne

Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; and

• that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and

• that part of Charles County east of Route 301.

• The daily bag limit is six teal. The bag limit may include blue-winged and green-winged teal. The possession limit is 18.

• Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for September Teal Season.

YOUTH, VETERAN AND MILITARY WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Nov. 7, 2020 and Feb. 6, 2021 see listing below

Statewide Youth, Veteran and Military Waterfowl Hunting Days are open for hunters age 16 or younger, military veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) of any age and mem-bers of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training).

To hunt during these days:• Youth hunters, military veterans and active duty military per-

sonnel must have a hunting license or be exempt from the license requirement (see Who May Hunt Without a license, pg 9). Military Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel must also carry appropriate credentials identifying them as such.

• These hunters must possess the printed validation showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and Harvest Information Program certification.

• A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is not required of those under 16 years of age. This stamp is required of those who are at least 16 years old.

• Youth hunters hunting on these days must be accompanied in the field by an individual who: » Is 21 years old or older; » Possesses a valid

Maryland hunting license (an Apprentice Hunting License does not meet this requirement), or is exempt from hunting license requirements;

» Is unarmed; » Is not participating in

other waterfowl seasons that are open on the youth days; and

» May assist with decoys, call waterfowl and re-trieve downed birds.

Note: Active military and honorably discharged veterans at least 21 years old may possess hunting weapons and hunt while also providing assistance to eligible youth hunters.

The daily bag limit for each Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is:• 6 ducks, no more than:

» 5 sea ducks (no more than 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders)

» 2 mallards (only 1 can be a hen)

» 3 wood ducks » 2 black ducks

» 2 canvasbacks » 2 hooded mergansers » 1 pintail » 2 redheads » 2 scaup » 1 fulvous tree duck » 1 mottled duck

• 2 brant• 1 Canada goose in the Atlantic Population Goose Hunt Zone or• 5 Canada geese in the Late Resident Goose Hunt Zone• 15 coots• 25 light geese• Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.

REGULAR DUCK STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021 (INCLUDING COOTS)

DATES BAG LIMIT

Oct. 10–Oct. 17 Nov. 14–Nov. 27 Dec. 15–Jan. 30

see listing below

STATEWIDE BLACK DUCK SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

Nov. 14–Nov. 27 Dec. 15–Jan. 30 2 black ducks

Black ducks may only be taken during the Black Duck Season.

The daily bag limit for Regular Duck Season is:• 6 ducks, no more than:

» 2 mallards (only 1 can be a hen)

» 3 wood ducks » 2 black ducks (Black

Duck Season only) » 2 canvasbacks » 2 hooded mergansers » 1 pintail

» 2 redheads » 1 scaup per day (2 per

day from Jan. 8 – Jan. 30) » 1 fulvous tree duck » 1 mottled duck » 5 sea ducks (no more

than 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders).

NOTE—In the Special Sea Duck Zone, sea ducks may only be taken during Oct. 31–Jan. 8. In all other areas, sea ducks may be taken during the Regular Duck Season as part of the regular duck bag limit (see Sea Duck Season in the Special Sea Duck Zone, pg. 41).

• All other species of ducks may be taken up to the six duck limit.• There is no open season for harlequin ducks.• The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.• Shooting hours for all duck and coot seasons are from one-half

hour before sunrise to sunset.• In addition to the duck bag limit hunters may take 15 coots

per day.

BRANT STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Nov. 18-Nov. 27 Dec. 15-Jan. 30 2 per day, possession limit of 6

• The daily bag limit is two brant and the possession limit is six.• Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

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EARLY RESIDENT CANADA GOOSE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020

EASTERN & WESTERN ZONES

DATES BAG LIMIT

EASTERN ZONE-Sept. 1-15 WESTERN ZONE-Sept. 1-25

8 per day possession limit of 24

The Eastern Zone season is open in these counties:• Calvert• Caroline• Cecil• Dorchester• Harford• Kent• Queen Anne’s• St. Mary’s• Somerset

• Talbot• Wicomico• Worcester; and• that part of Anne

Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; and

• that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and

• that part of Charles County east of Route 301.

The Western Zone season is open in these counties:• Allegany• Baltimore• Carroll• Frederick• Garrett• Howard

• Montgomery• Washington; and• that part of Anne

Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; and

• that part of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and

• that part of Charles County west of Route 301.

SEA DUCK SEASON IN THE SPECIAL SEA DUCK ZONE AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Oct. 31–Jan. 8 see limits below

• Sea ducks may only be taken in the Special Sea Duck Zone during the Sea Duck Season. Outside of the Special Sea Duck Zone, sea ducks may be taken as part of the regular duck bag limit when the Regular Duck Season is open.

• Sea duck species are black scoters, common and king eiders, long-tailed ducks, surf scoters and white-winged scoters.

• The daily bag limit is 5 for sea ducks in the Special Sea Duck Zone and may include no more than 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 scoters.

• The possession limit is 15 for sea ducks taken in the Special Sea Duck Zone including no more than 12 scoters.

• For maps and more information on the Special Sea Duck Zone see: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/seaducks.aspx

• The Eastern and Western Zone daily bag limit is eight geese and the possession limit is 24.

• Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset for both zones.

• Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells may be used to take resident Canada geese during these September seasons only.

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LIGHT GOOSE STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Oct. 1–Nov. 27 Dec. 14–Jan. 30 Feb. 6

25 per day, no possession limit

• A Maryland hunting license (or resident Delaware hunting license) is required to hunt light geese in Maryland during the

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Nov. 30–Dec. 12 Feb. 1-Feb. 5 Feb. 8-Apr. 15

no daily bag limit, no possession limit

The Light Goose Conservation Order Season Zone includes these counties:• Anne Arundel• Baltimore• Calvert• Caroline• Cecil• Dorchester• Harford• Howard• Kent• Queen Anne’s• Somerset• St. Mary’s• Talbot

• Wicomico• Worcester; and• that portion of Carroll

County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and

• that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and

• that portion of Charles County east of Route 301.

• The Light Goose Conservation Order Season provides addi-tional hunting opportunities and methods to help reduce light goose over-population.

• A Maryland hunting license (or resident Delaware hunting license) is required to hunt light geese in Maryland during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season (see Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits, pgs. 6-9).

• Hunters must possess the printed validation showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (pg. 7) and Harvest Information Program certification to hunt during the Maryland Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

• A $5 Maryland Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit is required to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season. Hunters must possess the printed validation showing proof of the purchase of this permit while hunting.

• A Federal Duck Stamp is not required when hunting during the Conservation Order Season.

• The Light Goose Conservation Order Season and Zone does not include the Special Sea Duck Zone.

• There is no bag limit or possession limit for the Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

• Hunters may take greater snow geese, lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese.

• Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

MIGRATORY CANADA GOOSE (ATLANTIC POPULATION) SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Dec. 18- Jan. 2 Jan. 13-Jan. 30

1 per day possession limit of 3

The Atlantic Population Hunt Zone includes these counties:• Anne Arundel• Baltimore• Calvert• Caroline• Cecil• Dorchester• Harford• Howard• Kent• Queen Anne’s• Somerset• St. Mary’s

• Talbot• Wicomico• Worcester; and• that portion of

Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersec-tion of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and

• that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and

• that portion of Charles County east of Route 301.

• The daily bag limit is one goose (in the Atlantic Population Hunt Zone) and the possession limit is three.

• The bag limit may include Canada geese, cackling geese and white-fronted geese.

• Shooting hours for this season and zone are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

LATE RESIDENT CANADA GOOSE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Nov. 21- Nov. 27 Dec. 15- Mar. 10

5 per day possession limit of 15

The Late Resident Goose Hunt Zone includes these counties:• Allegany• Frederick• Garrett• Montgomery• Washington; and

• that portion of Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersec-tion of Route 97, and west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and

• that portion of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and

• that portion of Charles County west of Route 301.

• The daily bag limit is five geese (in the Late Resident Goose Hunt Zone) and the possession limit is 15.

• The bag limit may include Canada geese, cackling geese and white-fronted geese.

• Shooting hours for this season and zone are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Light Goose Season (see Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits, pgs. 6-9).

• The daily bag limit is 25 light geese and there is no posses-sion limit.

• The bag limit may include greater snow geese, lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese.

• Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the light goose hunting season.

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AYTON TREE NURSERY JUNIOR DOVE HUNT APPLICATION

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September 1, 2020 September 5, 2020

September 7, 2020 September 12, 2020

September 16, 2020 September 19, 2020

September 26, 2020

Limit of 4 Junior Hunters per day. Mail the completed application to:

Ayton Tree Nursery 3424 Gallagher Road, Preston, MD 21655

Deadline for applications is 2 p.m., Aug. 20, 2020. The lottery drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on August

20, 2020.

MOURNING DOVE STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Sept. 1–Oct. 17 Oct. 24–Nov. 27 Dec. 19–Jan. 9

15 per day possession limit of 45

• The daily bag limit is 15 for doves. The possession limit for doves is 45.

• Shooting hours for the Sept. 1–Oct. 17 dove season segment are 12 noon to sunset. For season dates after Oct. 17 the hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

WOODco*ck STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Oct. 21–Nov. 27 Jan. 11–Jan. 23 3 per day, possession limit of 9

• The daily bag limit is three woodco*ck and the possession limit is nine.

• Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for woodco*ck.

RAIL STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020

DATES BAG LIMIT

Sept. 1–Nov. 20 see listing below

• Clapper and King Rails: The daily bag limit is 10 (with no more than one king rail). The possession limit is 30 clapper and king rails (with no more than three king rails).

• Sora and Virginia Rails: The daily bag limit is 25 and the possession limit for these rails is 75.

• Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for rails.

FALCONRY, EXTENDED STATEWIDE SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

In addition to the regular open seasons, the Extended Falconry Season dates are as follows for hunting migratory game birds:• Mourning Doves: Jan. 12–Jan. 30• Rails: Nov. 21–Jan. 2• Woodco*ck: Oct. 1–Oct. 20, Feb. 1–Mar. 10• Ducks: Feb. 1–Mar. 10• Brant: Feb. 1–Mar. 10• Light Geese: Feb. 25–Mar. 10Bag limits for each species is three per day, with a possession limit of six.• Hunting with birds of prey (here referred to as Falconry) is

permitted one half hour before sunrise to sunset, Monday through Saturday. No Sundays are open to hunt migratory birds.

• A valid hunting license, migratory game bird stamps and a Falconry Permit are required to hunt migratory game birds with birds of prey.

• A bird of prey may be used to hunt migratory game birds during any open season.

COMMON SNIPE STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2020–2021

DATES BAG LIMIT

Sept. 29–Jan. 30 8 per day, possession limit of 24

• The daily bag limit is eight common snipe and the possession limit is 24.

• Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for common snipe.

• Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells and elec-tronic calls of light geese may be used during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Rules and Regulations

(For brant, coots, doves, ducks, geese, rails, snipe and woodco*ck.)• Daylight fluorescent color clothing is not

required to hunt migratory game birds except woodco*ck. See Fluorescent Color Clothing Requirements and Exceptions (pg. 10).

• The daily bag limit is the maximum num-ber of migratory game birds of a single species or combination (aggregate) of spe-cies permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season.

• The field possession limit is the one daily bag limit that you may possess while in the field or returning from the field to your vehicle, hunting camp, or personal abode.

• The possession limit is the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or combination of species permit-ted to be possessed by any one person.

• A person may not kill or wound any migratory game bird without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird and include it in the daily bag limit.

• Wounded birds reduced to possession shall immediately be killed and included in your daily bag limit.

• It is unlawful to completely field dress or breast-out any migratory game bird (except dove) before transporting the birds from the field. The head or one fully-feathered wing must remain attached to all birds (except doves) while being transported from the field until they have arrived at your personal abode or a migratory bird processing facility.

• If you are giving, putting or leaving migratory game birds at any place or in the possession of another person, you must tag each bird with the hunter’s signature, address, hunting license num-ber or DNRid number, the total number and species of birds killed and dates the birds were killed. Tagging is required even if someone else is transporting the bird for you or the bird has been left for cleaning, storage (including temporary storage), shipment or taxidermy services.

• To ship tagged migratory game birds the package must be conspicuously marked on the outside with the name and address of the person sending the birds, name and address of the person to whom the birds are being sent and number of birds by species contained in the package.

• It is illegal to take migratory game birds with air guns shooting bullets, drugs, explosives traps, fish hooks, nets, pis-tols, poisons, rifles, snares, stupefying substances or swivel guns.

• It is against the law to bait migratory game birds and hunt them by placing a lure or enticement such as corn, wheat, salt or other feed.

• An area is considered by law to be baited for 10 days after removal of the bait.

• Migratory game birds may not be hunted over any area where seed has been top sown or broadcast on top of the soil leaving the seed available to feeding birds. Before hunting can occur on areas where seeds or small grains have been top sown or broadcast as a normal agricultural practice, all seed must have either germinated, or the seed must be covered with soil or completely removed by other means at least 10 days before hunting.

• Doves may be hunted in areas where seed producing plants such as corn, sunflowers, wheat and other small grains are manipu-lated (burned, knocked down, mowed) to attract doves for hunting. In this instance, the 10 day rule does not apply.

• It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl on an area where tame or captive live ducks, geese or swans (live decoys) are pres-ent unless the birds are, and have been for a period of ten (10) consecutive days before hunting, removed from the area or confined within an enclosure which sub-stantially reduces the audibility of their calls and totally conceals the birds from the sight of wild migratory waterfowl.

• Live decoys may include but are not limited to the following: » Captive-raised and domestic water-

fowl that have been released that do not exhibit the natural wariness of man associated with a wild bird.

» Waterfowl that do not leave the area when hands are clapped and/or a shotgun is discharged.

» Wounded waterfowl that have gone un-retrieved.

» Waterfowl whose wings are either pinioned or whose outer primary feathers have been cut or removed to render flight impossible.

» Captive-raised domestic ducks and geese (such as Muscovy ducks, Egyptian geese, etc.) may be consid-ered live decoys if they do not exhibit the natural wariness of man associ-ated with a wild bird.

» Live ducks, geese, or swans that are either tethered or penned at or near a hunting location.

• It is unlawful to sell taxidermy-mounted migratory game birds for use as decoys.

• It is illegal to use common reed (i.e. Phragmites) in any manner for the con-struction of hunting blinds on lands owned or controlled by the Department of Natural Resources.

• It is against the law to construct, or cause to be constructed, permanent hunt-ing blinds or tree stands and to leave waterfowl decoys set overnight on lands owned or controlled by the Department of Natural Resources, except with writ-ten permission from the department.

• It is unlawful to hunt wild migratory game birds on Sunday.

• It is illegal to hunt any animal other than deer on the opening day of Deer Firearms Season except sea ducks in the Sea Duck Zone.

• It is against the law to hunt waterfowl from a sink box (low-floating device with depression that conceals the hunter beneath the surface of the water).

• It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl from or with the aid or use of a motor vehicle or any other motor-driven land conveyance or any aircraft.

• It is illegal to hunt waterfowl from or by means of any motorboat or sailboat unless the motor has been completely shut off and /or the sails furled and the boat’s progress has ceased.

• It is against the law to hunt migratory game birds while in possession of any electronic calling device from which bird calls are conveyed or amplified and to use recordings of migratory game bird calls or sounds or electronically ampli-fied imitations of bird calls except while hunting light geese during the Conserva-tion Order Season.

• It is unlawful to drive, rally or chase waterfowl with any motorized convey-ance or any sailboat to put the birds in the range of hunters.

• Captive-raised mallard ducks may not be released to the wild except under the authority of a Regulated Shooting Area Permit (see Regulated Shooting Areas Requirements, pg. 7), Retriever Training Permit or a Field Trial Permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources.

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REPORT YOUR BIRD BANDS ONLINE: WWW.REPORTBAND.GOV

Each year state and federal biologists mark tens of thousands of migratory birds with numbered leg bands. Hunters who report bands recovered from harvested birds receive specific informa-tion on when and where the bird was banded while providing important information for migratory bird management. The 1-800 telephone number for reporting bird bands has been discontinued. Hunters who recover a banded migratory bird should now use www.reportband.gov. Anyone re-porting a band will need the following information: the band number, hunters name and address and the date and location (nearest town) of the harvest.

POTOMAC RIVER BOATING REGULATIONS

A person aboard a vessel, raft or tube shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device at all times while underway on the Upper Potomac River (that portion of the Potomac River and its tributaries above the Maryland/District of Columbia boundary near Little Falls) and its tributaries, during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. each November 15, and ending at 12 midnight each succeeding May 15. At all other times a vessel, raft or tube shall be equipped with a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device for each person aboard while underway on the Upper Potomac River and its tributaries.

An individual using a vessel, raft or tube upon any white water portion of any designated stream segment shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type III or V personal flotation device at all times; see COMAR 08.18.01.08 for a complete listing. Furthermore, an in-dividual using a kayak or covered canoe vessel on a white water portion of a designated stream segment shall wear a safety helmet.

Additionally, no person may use a recreational vessel 16 feet or more in length unless one Type IV throwable personal flotation device is onboard in addition to the total number of wearable personal flotation devices required.

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Devices and Regulations

(For brant, coots, doves, ducks, geese, rails, snipe and woodco*ck.)• It is unlawful to possess an air gun, rifle

or pistol at any time while hunting brant, coots, ducks and geese.

• Only shotguns and some archery equipment may be used to hunt migra-tory game birds.

• It is illegal to have a loaded air gun or firearm in, on, or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.

• It is unlawful to hunt with an automatic firearm capable of firing a series of shots with one continuous pull of the trigger.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded crossbow in, on or leaning against a vehicle.

• A co*cked crossbow without a bolt or arrow in the firing position is consid-ered to be unloaded.

• It is against the law to shoot on, from or across any public road.

Shotguns• Only shotguns that are 10-gauge or

smaller may be used to hunt migratory game birds.

• Shotguns capable of holding more than three (3) shells must be plugged with a one-piece filler which cannot be removed from the loading end. Shotguns can-not hold more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined with the following exceptions: » when hunting resident Canada geese

during the September Seasons. » when hunting light geese during the

Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

• Muzzleloading shotguns may be used to hunt all migratory game birds.

• It is illegal to take brant, coots, ducks, geese, rails and snipe with lead shot and to possess lead shot while hunting them. This restriction includes muzzleloading shotguns and taking captive-raised mal-lards on licensed Regulated Shooting Areas.

• Nontoxic shot (as determined by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service) must be used when hunting brant, coots, ducks, geese, rails and snipe. See fws.gov/birds/bird-enthusiasts/hunting/nontoxic.php for current information on nontoxic shot.

• Nontoxic shot larger than No. T (.20 inches in diameter) may not be used to hunt brant, coots, ducks, geese, rails and snipe.

• Hunters may not use or possess shotgun pumpkin balls, sabots or slugs while hunting brant, coots, ducks, geese, rails and snipe.

• Doves and woodco*ck may be taken with lead shot.

Archery Equipment• Vertical bows may be used to hunt

migratory game birds.• Draw locking devices on vertical bows

are not permitted when hunting brant, coots, ducks and geese.

• Crossbows may not be used to hunt brant, coots, ducks and geese.

• Crossbows may be used to hunt doves, rails, snipe and woodco*ck.

• The use of poisoned or explosive tipped arrows or bolts is not permitted.

Air Guns• Air guns may not be used to hunt migra-

tory birds, except air guns that shoot an arrow or bolt may be used to hunt doves and woodco*ck.

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General Black Bear Hunting Rules

• A hunter must carry personal photo iden-tification (such as a driver’s license) or a secondary form of positive identification while hunting.

• Written permission is required to hunt on private land.

• A hunting license is required to hunt black bear (with exceptions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces information and hunting license costs, exceptions, purchasing, requirements and types.

• A Black Bear Hunting Permit is required to hunt black bear. The bear hunting permit is only available through the Maryland Black Bear Lottery process as follows: » The 2020 Maryland Black Bear Lottery

will be open to receive applications July 13 through August 31.

» Hunters will be able to apply through their COMPASS account at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/, at a Licensing and Registration Service Center or a Sport License Agent (see pg. 4).

» Each applicant must pay a $15 non-refundable application fee and may only enter once.

» Applicants must comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement (pg. 6).

» The random lottery drawing will be held on September 3, 2020.

• The Department of Natural Resources will issue a limited number of Bear Hunting Permits that will be valid anywhere in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Wash-ington counties.

• Each successful applicant (permittee) may designate up to two sub-permittees who will be allowed to participate in every aspect of the hunt.

Preference Point System for the Bear Hunting Permit• Preference points provide additional

entries in future drawings.• Applicants receive one additional entry

in the drawing for each year they have been a concurrent applicant.

• Applicants must apply each year to retain preference points. Skipping a year will forfeit all preference points.

• All preference points will be forfeited upon receiving a Bear Hunting Permit.

• An applicant that gives up a Bear Hunting Permit loses all preference points.

• Applicants will not forfeit preference points by participating in the hunt as a subpermittee.

Black Bear Hunting Regulations

• Only a member of a bear hunting team may carry a firearm, air gun or bow while tracking a wounded bear.

• A retrieved black bear shall count toward the bag limit of the hunter who first killed or wounded the bear.

• Dogs cannot be used to hunt bear except trained tracking dogs may be used to find a dead or wounded bear. The dog handler must maintain physical control of the tracking dogs at all times and only the hunter may carry a firearm, air gun or bow while tracking the bear. Landowner permission must be obtained before tracking with dogs. Prior to track-ing the bear, the hunter must notify the Natural Resources Police at 410-260-8888 with the following information: » The name, address, telephone number

and hunting license number of the hunter and dog handler;

» The general location of the wounded bear; and

» The name of the landowner where the search will be conducted.

• Hunters may not sell parts of any bear that has been killed in Maryland.

• Bait, scent attractants and electronic calls are prohibited for bear hunting and any potential bait must be removed at least 10 days prior to bear hunting.

• It is not considered to be hunting with the aid of bait if a hunter AND any bear that a hunter shoots at are at least 150 yards from any bait placed for other species (e.g. corn placed to attract deer) that the hunter knows or should have known is present. Salt and mineral supplements are not con-sidered as a source of bait for this species.

• Hunters may not chase or disturb any bear that has taken refuge in a den.

• All bear hunters and people assisting bear hunters must wear daylight fluo-rescent color clothing (see Fluorescent Color Clothing Requirements and Excep-tions, pg. 10).

• A person that assists with the removal of a dead bear or escorts hunters into or out of a bear hunting area is not required to possess a bear hunting permit and must be unarmed.

Black Bear Tagging and Check-In Procedures

• A hunter killing a black bear shall attach a field tag to the carcass of the black bear before moving the carcass from the place of the kill.

• The field tag must include the hunter’s name, hunter’s DNRid, date of kill, time of kill and the county of kill. Hunters may create their own field tag or use a Field Tag provided in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

• Proof of sex shall remain attached to all field-dressed bear carcasses.

• The bear carcass may be quartered or separated into pieces to facilitate retrieval. However, the head and hide shall remain together and proof of sex shall remain attached to one hindquarter.

• The bear must be taken to an official bear checking station within 24 hours. Questions and requests concerning check-in may be referred to the Wildlife and Heritage Service at Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area at 301-334-4255.

• The field tag will be exchanged for a black bear possession tag which will be securely attached to the carcass.

• Successful black bear hunters shall forfeit any biological data or specimens neces-sary to properly manage this species.

Black Bear Hunting Devices and Regulations

• Telescopic and laser sights may be used on all devices legal for hunting bear.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.

BLACK BEAR HUNTING

BLACK BEAR SEASON AND BAG LIMIT 2020

DATES BAG LIMIT

Oct. 26-30 1 per hunter/1per hunting team

• Black Bear hunting season is open in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Wash-ington counties only.

• Only one black bear may be harvested by a permittee/subpermittee hunting team for the season.

• Only one black bear may be harvested per person for the season.

• Black bear shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

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• Firearms used for bear hunting may only shoot one all-lead, lead alloy, or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball. Sabots are permitted.

• It is illegal to shoot on, from or across any public road.

Rifle Regulations• Breech-loading rifles used for bear

hunting must use ammunition develop-ing a muzzle energy of at least 1,200 foot pounds. Consult ammunition guides for ballistics information.

Shotgun Regulations• The shotguns referred to here are loaded

from the breech of the barrel and use shells.• Shotguns used for bear hunting must be

28 gauge or larger.• Shotgun ammunition used for bear hunting

must shoot a single solid projectile.

Handgun Regulations• The handguns referred to here are loaded

from the breech of the barrel or rear of the cylinder and use cartridges.

• Handguns used for bear hunting must have a barrel length of six inches or more and use ammunition which produces a muzzle energy of 700 foot-pounds or more. Consult ammunition guides for bal-listics information.

Muzzleloader Regulations• Bear may be hunted with a muzzleloading

rifle, shotgun or handgun (both single shot and revolvers).

• To be considered a muzzleloader, a rifle, shotgun or handgun must be loaded from the muzzle, and a revolver must be loaded from the front of the cylinder.

• Flintlock, percussion cap and inline ignition muzzleloaders are legal hunting devices for bear.

• Muzzleloading rifles or shotguns used for bear hunting must be at least .40 caliber in size and must use 60 grains of black powder or more (a black powder equivalent is acceptable) and propel one all-lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge.

• Muzzleloading handguns used for bear hunting must be at least .40 caliber with a barrel length of at least six inches and must use 40 grains of black powder or more (a black powder equivalent is accept-able) and propel one all-lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge.

• Sabot loads are legal for use in muzzle-loaders used for bear hunting.

• Muzzleloaders are considered unloaded if the ignition system is disabled by removal of the cap, primer, battery or primer powder.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes a muzzleloader ready to fire.

Vertical Bow Regulations• The vertical bow shall have a full draw and

pull of 30 pounds or more for bear hunting.• Draw locking devices are legal on all

vertical bows for bear hunting.• Vertical bow release aids are permitted.

Crossbow Regulations• A crossbow used for bear hunting shall

have a draw of 75 pounds or more.• All crossbows should have a working safety.• It is unlawful to have a loaded crossbow

in, on or leaning against any vehicle. • A co*cked crossbow without a bolt or

arrow in the firing position is consid-ered to be unloaded.

Regulations Pertaining to Both Vertical Bows and Crossbows• Arrows used for bear hunting must have a

sharpened broadhead with metal points and a minimum width of 7⁄8 of an inch.

• The use of poisoned or explosive-tipped arrows is not permitted.

Air Gun Regulations• An air gun is defined as any gun that

propels a projectile by means of non-ignited compressed air or other gas. Pro-jectiles include bullets, arrows or bolts.

• Certain air guns may be used to hunt bear.• To be legal for bear hunting an air gun must:

» Shoot one .40 caliber or larger bullet or ball at a single discharge which generates at least 400 foot-pounds of muzzle energy; or

» Shoot an arrow or bolt at least 18 inches in length with a minimum speed of 300 feet per second at release with a sharpened broadhead with metal points and a minimum width of 7/8 inch.

• The use of poisoned or explosive-tipped arrows or bolts is not permitted.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded air gun in, on or leaning against a vehicle.

• An air gun with the projectile removed is considered to be unloaded.

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Small Game Includes: crows, pheasant, quail, rabbits, ruffed grouse and squirrels.

The Delmarva fox squirrel and snowshoe hare may not be hunted in Maryland.

General Small Game Hunting Rules

Daily small game shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.• A hunter must carry personal photo

identification (such as a driver’s license) or a secondary form of positive identifica-tion while hunting.

• Written permission is required to hunt on private land.

• A hunting license is required to hunt small game (with exceptions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces informa-tion and hunting license costs, excep-tions, purchasing, requirements and types.

• Daylight fluorescent color clothing is required to hunt small game except crows (see Fluorescent Color Clothing Requirements and Exceptions, pg. 10).

• The use of decoys, calls and/or recordings may be used for crow hunting.

• It is against the law to hunt any animal other than deer on the first day of Deer Firearms Season, except sea ducks in the Sea Duck Zone.

Small Game Hunting Devices and Regulations

• Firearms, archery equipment and air guns that shoot bullets, arrows or bolts may be used to hunt small game.

• Shotguns cannot hold more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined. Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells must be plugged with a one-piece filler which cannot be removed from the loading end.

• Telescopic and laser sights may be used on all devices legal for hunting small game.

• It is illegal to have a loaded air gun or firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.

• All crossbows should have a working safety.• It is unlawful to have a loaded crossbow

in, on or leaning against any vehicle. A co*cked crossbow without a bolt or arrow in the firing position is consid-ered to be unloaded.

• It is illegal to shoot on, from or across any public road.

• It is unlawful to cast the rays of an artifi-cial light from a vehicle on woods, fields, orchards, livestock, wild mammals or birds, dwellings or buildings (see General Regulations for exceptions, pg. 10).

SMALL GAME HUNTING

STOCKED PHEASANT HUNTS

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will once again be offering “do-it-yourself” hunts for stocked pheasants. The pheasant hunts will take place on public lands across the state. Application information, dates, locations and other resources are available at: https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/Mentored-Hunt-Program.aspx.

Apprentice license holders, junior license holders, new hunters and hunters who have previously held a Maryland hunting license but have let it lapse are eligible to apply.

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SMALL GAME SEASONS, BAG LIMITS, LOCATIONS 2020-2021SPECIES OPEN SEASON LOCATION BAG LIMIT POSSESSION LIMIT

MAM

MAL

S

EASTERN COTTONTAIL RABBIT Nov. 7–Feb. 27 All counties 4 per day 8

SQUIRRELGRAY AND EASTERN FOX

Sept. 5–Feb. 27 All counties 6 per day 12

SQUIRRELRED OR PINEY

Sept. 5–Feb. 27 All counties No limit No limit

DELMARVA FOX SQUIRREL Closed Season

BIRD

S

QUAIL

Closed Season Allegany and Garrett counties --- ---

Nov. 7–Dec. 15Lands owned or managed by the Department of Natural Resources

excluding Allegany and Garrett counties6 per day, no more than 3 per day

on lands owned or managed by the Department of Natural Resources

12 in all counties and zones combinedNov. 7–Feb. 15

Private lands east of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I95 south to VA

Nov. 7–Jan. 15Private lands west of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I95 south to VA

RUFFED GROUSE Oct. 3–Jan. 31 All counties 2 per day 4

PHEASANT Nov. 7–Feb. 28 All counties 2 per day- either sex 4

CROWAug. 15–Mar. 15

Wed. – Sat. onlyAll counties No limit No limit

Sunday Hunting - The following small game species may be hunted on all Sundays during the open season on private and designated public lands in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St.Mary’s and Washington counties: eastern cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, eastern fox squirrels, red squirrels, quail (closed in Garrett and Allegany counties), ruffed grouse, pheasants.

Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, C&D Canal Lands, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Earlville WMA, Garrett State Forest (SF), Green Ridge SF, Grove Farm WMA, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, OldBohemia WMA, Potomac SF, Prather’s Neck WMA, Saint Inigoes SF, Salem SF, Savage River SF, Sideling Hill WMA and Warrior Mountain WMA.

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General Furbearer Regulations

• A hunter must carry personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license) or a secondary form of positive identifica-tion while hunting.

• Written permission is required to hunt or trap on private land.

• A hunting license is required to hunt or trap furbearers (with exceptions). See Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits (pgs. 6-9) for Armed Forces information and hunting license costs, exceptions, purchasing, requirements and types.

• A Nonresident Hunting License and Nonresident Trapping License are required of nonresidents to trap fur-bearers in Maryland (see Other Licenses, pg. 6-7).

• A Furbearer Permit is required to hunt, chase or trap any furbearer in Mary-land (see Furbearer Permit and Excep-tions, pg. 8).

• The furbearers that may be hunted and trapped are: » coyote » fisher » gray fox » nutria

» opossum » raccoon » red fox » skunk

• The following species may only be trapped: » beaver » long-tailed

weasel

» mink » muskrat » river otter

• Destroying or disturbing furbearer dens is prohibited.

• A permit is required to possess the meat or skinned carcass of a furbearer for more than 10 days after the season has closed. Permits can be obtained from the Natural Resources Police (see pg. 4 for addresses).

• The pelt or unskinned carcasses of all fisher and river otter harvested must be tagged within 15 days after the season has closed. Fisher and otter pelt tags may be obtained by contacting local offices of either the Wildlife and Heritage Service or Natural Resources Police (pg. 4).

• Trappers are required to submit the whole, skinned carcass of any river otter har-vested in Allegany and Garrett counties to the Wildlife and Heritage Service. Call 301-334-4255, Mt. Nebo Wildlife Manage-ment Area.

• The pelts or unskinned carcasses of fur-bearers harvested in Maryland that are transported across the state line must have a “Fur Shipping Tag” accompa-nying them. These tags are available through the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov or by contacting local offices of either the Wildlife and Heritage Service or Natural Resources Police.

• On those lands owned or controlled by the Department of Natural Resources in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Tal-bot, Wicomico and Worcester counties; only leaseholders or their appointees can hunt or trap furbearers and nutria between Nov. 15 and March 15.

• Fox Restrictions: Some counties have local restrictions governing fox hunting and trapping and the possession of foxes and/or their pelts. For detailed informa-tion, contact local law enforcement author-ities. The following regulations apply: » In Charles and Dorchester counties,

a person may hunt and trap fox or

FURBEARER HUNTING & TRAPPING

Furbearers include: beaver, bobcat, coyote, fisher, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, red fox, river otter and skunk

The bobcat may not be taken in Maryland.

Nutria And Woodchuck

The nutria and woodchuck (groundhog) are classified as “unprotected mammals.” As such:• A hunting license and furbearer permit are not required to hunt nutria and woodchucks

except in Baltimore County, where a hunting license is required to hunt woodchucks.• Nutria and woodchucks may be hunted throughout the year, including Sundays.• Hunters must wear daylight fluorescent color clothing while hunting woodchucks.• All hunting devices legal for other game animals may be used to hunt nutria and woodchucks.

Daily furbearer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset (unless otherwise specified).

Furbearer Seasons, Bag Limits, Locations and Resident Requirements .............pg. 51 Furbearer Permit and Exceptions and Trapper Education Requirements ............pg. 52 Furbearer Hunting and Chasing Regulations .......................................................pg. 52Furbearer Trapping Regulations ............................................................................pg. 53

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FURBEARER SEASONS, BAG LIMITS, LOCATIONS AND RESIDENT REQUIREMENTS, 2020–2021

SPECIES OPEN SEASON LOCATION BAG LIMIT POSSESSION LIMIT

BEAVER – TRAPPING ONLYDec. 15–March 15

All counties except Allegany and Garrett

No limit No limit

Dec. 1–Mar. 15 Allegany and Garrett counties No limit No limit

BOBCAT Closed Season

COYOTEFIREARMS, ARCHERY AND

AIRGUN HUNTINGCoyotes may be hunted year-round in all counties, day and night No limit No limit

COYOTE AND LONG-TAILED WEASEL

TRAPPING

Nov. 14–Feb. 15in that portion of the state east of the Chesapeake Bay and the

Susquehanna RiverNo limit No limit

Oct. 31–Feb. 1in that portion of the state west of the Chesapeake Bay and the

Susquehanna RiverNo limit No limit

FISHER Oct. 31–Feb. 1 All counties 2 per day 2 per season

FOX (RED AND GRAY)TRAPPING, FIREARMS, ARCHERY

AND AIRGUN HUNTING

Aug. 1–July 31Charles and Dorchester

countiesNo limit No limit

Nov. 14–Feb. 15

Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester

counties

No limit No limit

Oct. 31–Feb. 1

Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford,

Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and

Washington counties

No limit No limit

MUSKRAT AND MINKTRAPPING ONLY

Nov. 16–Feb. 15Allegany, Carroll, Frederick,

Garrett, Howard and Washington counties

No limit No limit

Jan. 1–March 15

Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Montgomery, Prince George’s,

St. Mary’s, Talbot and Wicomico counties

No limit No limit

Dec. 15–March 15Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset and

Worcester countiesNo limit No limit

NUTRIA Aug. 1–July 31 All counties No limit No limit

RIVER OTTER – TRAPPING ONLY

Dec. 15–March 15

All counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery and

Washington

10 per day 10 per season

Dec. 15–March 15Carroll, Frederick, Howard,

Montgomery and Washington counties

2 per day 2 per season

Dec. 1–March 15 Allegany and Garrett counties 1 per day* 1 per season*

RACCOON AND OPOSSUMCHASING - NO KILL

Aug. 1–Oct. 14

March 16–July 31All counties — —

RACCOON AND OPOSSUMFIREARMS, ARCHERY, AIRGUN AND

DOG HUNTINGOct. 15–March 15

Raccoons and opossums may be hunted in all counties, day

and nightNo limit No limit

RACCOON, SKUNK AND OPOSSUMTRAPPING

Nov. 14–March 15in that portion of the state east of the Chesapeake Bay and the

Susquehanna RiverNo limit No limit

Oct. 31–March 15in that portion of the state west of the Chesapeake Bay and the

Susquehanna River

SKUNK – FIREARMS, ARCHERY AND AIRGUN HUNTING Oct. 31–March 15 All counties No limit No limit

Sunday Hunting- The following species may be hunted on all Sundays during the open season on private and designated public lands in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St.Mary’s and Washington counties: coyotes, fishers, foxes, opossums, raccoons and skunks.

Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, C&D Canal Lands, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Earlville WMA, Garrett State Forest (SF), Green Ridge SF, Grove Farm WMA, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, OldBohemia WMA, Potomac SF, Prather’s Neck WMA, Saint Inigoes SF, Salem SF, Savage River SF, Sideling Hill WMA and Warrior Mountain WMA.

*Trappers are required to submit the whole, skinned carcass of any river otter taken in Allegany or Garrett counties. (call 301-334-4255, Mt. Nebo WMA).

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possess the pelt of a fox any time of the year.

» It is unlawful to kill a fox being pur-sued by dogs in Cecil, Harford, Kent and Wicomico counties.

• Daylight fluorescent color clothing is not required to hunt or trap furbearers.

• Hunting furbearers on Sunday is prohibited except for nutria and in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties (see Furbearer Sea-sons, Bag Limits, Locations and Resident Requirements, pg. 51).

Furbearer Permit and Exceptions and Trapper Education Requirements

Furbearer Permit• A Furbearer Permit is required to hunt,

chase or trap any furbearer.• A Furbearer Permit (pg. 8) is required

of persons participating in the unarmed chasing of fox and raccoons and it is required of those Who May Hunt With-out a License (pg. 9) to hunt, chase or trap any furbearer.

• Any person can purchase the Individual Furbearer Permit.

• A representative of an association or group that chases or hunts furbearers may obtain the Group Furbearer Permit. Members or guests of an association or group with a Group Furbearer Permit are not required to have an Individual Furbearer Permit. A Group Furbearer Permit holder must submit a report to the Department of Natural Resources by September 1 following the end of each permit year.

Furbearer Permit ExceptionsThose who are not required to have a Furbearer Permit are:• A person who possesses a Wildlife Con-

trol Cooperator Permit and is engaging in the control of fur-bearing mammals in accordance with the terms and condi-tions of the permit.

• A landowner who possesses a Landowner Wildlife Damage Control Permit.

• A person who possesses an Apprentice Hunting License.

• A Furbearer Permit is also not required for: » A landowner to destroy a muskrat

that is damaging an embankment or impoundment.

» A landowner to hunt or trap a coyote, fox or skunk that is damaging or de-stroying the personal or real property of the landowner on their land.

» The owner of a marsh or the owner’s employees to hunt any raccoon which destroys a muskrat or its home in a marsh area within the state.

» A landowner or the landowner’s agent to set or use traps or similar devices at any time to trap raccoons or opos-sums which are damaging property.

Trapper Education Requirement• Any person who traps or attempts to

trap furbearers under the authority of a Furbearer Permit must first obtain a Certificate of Trapper Education from the Department of Natural Resources (or a designee of the department).

• The Certificate is not required if the person possesses an apprentice hunting license or held a Furbearer Permit prior to August 1, 2007.

• Any similar certificate issued by another state is acceptable as complying with the educational requirements if the privileges are reciprocal for Maryland residents.

• For information about Trapper Educa-tion Courses, please contact the Natural Resources Police, Safety Education and Outreach Unit, 305 Marine Academy

Drive, Suite 1, Stevensville, MD 21666, 410-643-8502 or visit: dnr.maryland.gov/nrp/Pages/trappered.aspx

• All trappers are encouraged to partici-pate in a trapper education course. These courses are held statewide.

Furbearer Hunting and Chasing Regulations

• Firearms, archery equipment and air guns may be used to hunt coyote, fisher, gray fox, nutria, opossum, raccoon, red fox and skunk.

• A hunter pursuing these furbearers must possess a valid Furbearer Permit.

• It is illegal to shoot a beaver, long-tailed weasel, mink, muskrat or river otter.

• Some counties have local restrictions governing fox hunting, trapping and the possession of foxes and/or their pelts. For detailed information, contact local law enforcement authorities. The following regulations apply: » In Charles and Dorchester coun-

ties, a person may hunt and trap fox or possess the pelt of a fox any time of the year.

» It is unlawful to kill a fox being pur-sued by dogs in Cecil, Harford, Kent and Wicomico counties.

• An unarmed person participating in an organized fox chase may chase foxes on Sundays.

• Fox hunting with the aid of dogs is prohibited during the deer Firearms Season with the exception of unarmed fox chasing.

• Daytime and nighttime hunting for foxes is permitted during the legal har-vest season for foxes.

• Coyotes may be hunted, day and night, year-round in all counties.

• Raccoons that are destroying muskrats and/or their dens may be hunted any time of the year by owners of the affected marshlands or their employees.

• The use of artificial light and/or dogs is permitted while hunting coyotes, foxes, opossums or raccoons on foot.

• Coyotes, fishers, foxes, opossums, rac-coons and skunks can be hunted with the aid of electronic calling devices.

• Telescopic and laser sights may be used on all devices legal for hunting furbearers.

• It is against the law to shoot on, from or across any public road.

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FirearmsTaking coyote, fisher, gray fox, nutria, opos-sum, raccoon, red fox and skunk with fire-arms is subject to these regulations:• A shotgun may not hold more than three

shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

• Rifles and handguns may be used. Full metal-jacketed, incendiary, or tracer bul-lets may not be used.

• Muzzleloading rifles, shotguns and handguns may be used. To be considered a muzzleloader, a rifle, shotgun or hand-gun must be loaded from the muzzle, and a revolver must be loaded from the front of the cylinder. Muzzleloaders are con-sidered unloaded if the ignition system is disabled by removal of the cap, primer, battery or primer powder.

• It is illegal to have a loaded firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.

Archery EquipmentTaking coyote, fisher, gray fox, nutria, opos-sum, raccoon, red fox and skunk with archery equipment is subject to these regulations:• Vertical bows may be used. Draw lock-

ing devices and release aids are legal for hunting these furbearers.

• Crossbows may be used. All crossbows should have a working safety.

• The use of poisoned or explosive-tipped arrows or bolts is not permitted.

• It is illegal to have a loaded crossbow in, on or leaning against a vehicle.

• A co*cked crossbow without a bolt or arrow in the firing position is consid-ered to be unloaded.

Air Guns• Air guns that shoot bolts, bullets, or

arrows may be used to take coyote, fisher, gray fox, nutria, opossum, rac-coon, red fox and skunk.

• It is unlawful to have a loaded air gun in, on or leaning against a vehicle.

• An air gun with the projectile removed is considered to be unloaded.

Unarmed Fox ChasingUnarmed fox chasing is not included in the statutory definition of hunting. However, it is subject to Department of Natural Resources regulations. Individuals participating in the unarmed chasing of fox must possess an Individual Furbearer Permit or be a part of an organized group that possesses a Group Furbearer Permit (see pgs. 8 and 52). Addi-tional permits may also be required to chase foxes on certain public lands. All activities on Department of Natural Resources owned and managed properties are subject to the department public land regulations.

Furbearer Trapping Regulations

• It is unlawful to tamper with and remove the catch from any legally set trap.

• All individuals who trap furbearers must possess a Furbearer Permit (pgs. 8 and 52) unless exempt from the requirement.

• Written permission is required to trap or hunt on another person’s property, including publicly owned properties.

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FURBEARER HUNTING & TRAPPING

FALCONRY HUNTING

• It is illegal to set or maintain any foot-hold, body-gripping or snare trap within 150 yards of a permanent human residence with the following exceptions: » These traps can be used on state,

federal or private wetlands. » These traps can be used on lands

that qualify for agricultural assess-ment, timberlands and lands used for reforestation.

» Body-gripping traps with a diameter of less than six inches can be used when completely submerged in water.

» In Harford and Howard counties: landowners and lessees of privately-owned land may use these traps on their property as long as they are not within 150 yards of another person’s permanent residence.

• Traps must be checked once per calen-dar day except those traps that are set in water or tidal marshes which must be checked once per two days.

• In tidal areas, landowners and their agents or lessees have exclusive rights to muskrats and other furbearers above the mean low water line.

• Any furbearer caught during the legal trapping season for that species may be released on site, but may not be trans-ported from the point of capture unless it has been killed.

• Animals caught during the closed season for that species must be released on site.

Legal Trapping Devices Body-gripping traps, box traps, foothold traps and snares are legal trapping devices and are subject to compliance with the fol-lowing restrictions and conditions:

Body-Gripping TrapsBody-gripping traps with a diameter of greater than eight inches can be set when partially or totally submerged in water.

Body-gripping traps with a diameter of eight inches or less can be set above ground in bogs, flooded non-tidal wetlands, fresh water marshes, tidal wetlands, wooded swamps, in areas where water covers the surface of the soil or in areas where the soil is waterlogged to the surface. In all other areas these traps may be set when partially or totally submerged in water.

Foothold (Leghold) TrapsThe use of toothed or serrated jawed traps is prohibited. All traps must possess smooth jaws.

Traps set above the waterline must not exceed a maximum jaw spread of 5¾ inches. Traps set below the waterline and completely submerged cannot exceed a maximum jaw spread of 7¾ inches. (Jaw spread means the distance between the inside of both jaws, when measured across the trap jaws on a line perpendicular to a line drawn through the jaw pivot points when the trap is in the set position.)

In Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties leghold traps cannot be set to capture furbearers unless completely submerged in water with the following exceptions:• Traps can be set above the waterline on

farmland by the owner(s) of the prop-erty, members of owner(s) immediate family that reside on the property and the landowner(s) agent, tenant or lessee.

• Traps can be set above the waterline in response to wildlife control concerns by authorized agents of the Department of Natural Resources, and according to guidelines established by the department.

Snare TrapsIt is illegal to use, sell, possess, set, place or maintain a snare trap in Anne Arundel, Bal-timore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Falconry Regulations

• Hunting with birds of prey (here referred to as Falconry) is permitted one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset, Sunday through Saturday except: » Migratory game birds may not be

hunted on Sunday.• A valid hunting license and a Falconry

Permit are required to hunt with birds of prey.

• A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a valid hunting license and a Falconry Permit are required to hunt migratory game birds with birds of prey.

• Falconry Seasons for Migratory Game Birds are listed on page 43.

• The Falconry Season for squirrels (red, gray and eastern fox) is from September 1 to March 31.

• The Falconry Season for ruffed grouse is from October 1 to March 31.

• The Falconry Season for ring-necked pheasant (either sex), bobwhite quail and cottontail rabbit is from November 1 to March 31.

• Hunters using birds of prey are required to follow the daily bag limits and pos-session limits set for those species being taken.

• Hunters using birds of prey are encour-aged, but not required to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing.

• Potential falconers should know the pos-session of birds of prey is closely regu-lated by federal and state law.

For more information, contact the Permits Coordinator for the Wildlife and Heritage Service at 301-478-2690.

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JUNIOR HUNTER CERTIFICATES

ALLEGANY

Orleans Grocery - Bill’s Place12719 High Germany Rd.Little Orleans, MD 21766301-478-2701

ANNE ARUNDEL

Anglers Sport Center1456 Whitehall Rd.Annapolis, MD 21409410-757-3442

Cobe Marine8936 Fort Smallwood Rd.Pasadena, MD 21122410-255-9488

Harwood Butcher Shop4531 South Pollinghouse Rd.Harwood, MD 20776410-212-8803

Ray Hitchco*ck Taxidermy8261 New Cut Rd.Severn, MD 21144410-987-6990

BALTIMORE

Clyde’s Sport Shop Inc.2307 Hammonds Ferry Rd.Baltimore, MD 21227410-242-6108

Tom’s Tropicals9020 Bel Air Rd.Baltimore, MD 21236410-256-0330

CARROLL

Jerrod’s Deer Processing1321 Arnold Rd.Westminster, MD 21157410-848-6143

Gun Shack/Crosswind101 South MainMt. Airy, MD 21771301-829-0122

M&G Wild Game Processing2020 Sykesville Rd.Westminster, MD 21157443-375-7138

DORCHESTER

East Coast Taxidermy4355 Blink Horn Rd.Hurlock, MD 21643443-521-4203

FREDERICK

Rob’s Deer Shop10002 Rocky Ridge Rd.Rocky Ridge, MD 21778301-271-7780

GARRETT

B. J.’s Store11329 Savage River Rd.Swanton, MD 21561301-463-4472

D&B Sport Shop832 Edgewood Dr.Oakland, MD 21550301-334-9725

S & S Market267 Maple St.Friendsville, MD 21531301-746-5656

HARFORD

Deer Creek Archery3021 Churchville Rd.Churchville, MD 21028410-734-9554

MONTGOMERY

Tinker’s Taxidermy17610 Kohlhoss Rd.Poolesville, MD 20837301-349-2413

SOMERSET

L. E. Hitch & SonsRt. 13 and Merser Rd.(14641 Merser Rd.)Eden, MD 21822410-219-5887

Wink’s Sporting Goods12122A Carol LanePrincess Anne, MD 21853410-621-0400

WASHINGTON

Battleview Market5331 Sharpsburg PikeSharpsburg, MD 21782301-432-2676

Himes’ Store1324 Weverton Rd.Knoxville, MD 21758301-834-9815

Keystone Sporting Goods Inc.13611 Pennsylvania Ave.Hagerstown, MD 21742301-733-0373

WICOMICO

Farmers & Planters Too308 Mill Street, Salisbury MD, 21801410-546-6234

Off The Neck Butcher Shop7712 Todd LaneMardela Springs, MD 21837443-783-3036

WORCESTER

Sea Hawk Sport Center643 Ocean Hwy.Pocomoke City, MD 21851410-957-0198

Junior Hunter Certificates are available through the Department of Natural Resources Junior Hunter Certificate Agents. Junior Hunters (age 16 and under) are eligible for these special commemorative certificates for their deer, turkey or bear taken during the 2020–2021 hunting seasons. Certificates are available through the Official Junior Hunter Certificate Agents listed below.

For more information visit the website at: dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/Pages/JrHunter_certprogram.aspx

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PUBLIC HUNTING LANDS

Public Hunting Lands

Public hunting lands consist of Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas, Fishery Manage-ment Areas, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission managed lands, State Forests including Chesapeake Forest Lands, State Parks (which include Natural Environment Areas and Natural Resources Management Areas), Wildlife Management Areas and other county, federal, municipal and state properties that allow hunting. The following bullets and list contain information about those public hunting lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources.• Hunting and trapping is permitted in accor-

dance with state and federal laws and the restrictions for each area. Only temporary stands and blinds may be used and must

be removed at the end of each day.• Target shooting is permitted only at des-

ignated shooting ranges.• The use of hunting dogs is permitted.• Possession or use of hunting devices is

prohibited in state forests and state parks outside of regular open hunting seasons.

• On Chesapeake Forest Lands an individual may not hunt within 150 yards of an occu-pied building or camp and within 150 feet of any exterior Chesapeake Forest Lands boundary. See dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/chesapeakeforestlands.aspx for maps, condi-tions, regulations and information on CFLs.

• Maps of public hunting lands are available on the Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.maryland.gov). A consolidated listing of areas for hunters with mobility impairments can also be found on this

website at dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/accessibleactivities.aspx?activity=AccessibleHunting.

• Hunters should contact the appropriate managing authority for information on public hunting opportunities not listed here, such as National Wildlife Refuges, military installations, or other govern-ment-owned properties.

• CFL- Chesapeake Forest Land• CWMA- Cooperative Wildlife Manage-

ment Area• FMA- Fishery Management Area• MNCPPC- Maryland-National Capital

Park and Planning Commission• NEA- Natural Environment Area• NRMA- Natural Resources Management

Area• WMA- Wildlife Management Area

ALLEGANY

Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA: vtS1,114 acres. Free permit required for trap-ping, call 301-334-4255. 301-478-2525.

Dan’s Mountain WMA: vtS9,925 acres. Free permit required for trap-ping, call 301-334-4255. 301-478-2525.

Green Ridge State Forest: vtS46,657 acres. Free permit required for trap-ping, call 301-334-4255. 301-478-3124.

McCoole FMA: S16 acres. Includes boat ramp to North Branch Potomac River 301-334-8218.

Rocky Gap State Park: v1,451 acres (general hunting), 300 acres (archery only). Special provisions to assist mobility-impaired hunters during the deer Firearms Season. Hunting per-mitted Monday-Saturday. 301-722-1480.

Warrior Mountain WMA: tS5,176 acres. Free permit required for trap-ping, call 301-334-4255. 301-478-2525.

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Sandy Point State Park: fr215 acres. Deer archery hunting, res-ervation required. Waterfowl hunting at designated offshore sites during the third split of the waterfowl season only. Reservations required. Boat access only. For deer and waterfowl reservations con-tact: 301-743-5161.

Crownsville CWMA: fr550 acres. Deer hunting only. Opens the Monday after Thanksgiving. 301-743-5161.

BALTIMORE

Gunpowder Falls State Park: a3,000 acres.• Hammerman, Hart-Miller Island,

Days Cove and North Point Areas: Waterfowl blinds by lottery and/or by daily reservation. 410-356-9272 mfr

• Sweet Air Area: Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 29. mr

• Hereford Area: Deer archery hunting only. Reservations required Sept. – Nov. 410-329-6809; mdr

Gwynnbrook WMA: fr35 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272.

Liberty Watershed: f9,200 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 59 or online at dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272.

Loch Raven Watershed: vf1,600 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Archery hunting permit available on page 59 or online at dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272.

North Point State Park: fr300 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272.

Patapsco Valley State Park: fmvd(For Mercer property see Carroll County)3,760 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 Park information: 410-461-5005.

Prettyboy Watershed: f7,380 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunt-ing. Archery hunting permit available on page 59 or online at dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272.

Soldiers Delight NEA: mfr 1,425 acres. Deer hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272.

CALVERT

Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm CWMA: fr175 acres. Deer and turkey hunting only. No Sat. hunting until Dec. 1. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Calvert Cliffs State Park: d600 acres. Free permit required for waterfowl hunting zone. 301-743-5161 or 301-888-1410.

Flag Ponds Park CWMA: fr100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Opens to hunting the Monday before the late Muzzleloader Season split. 301-743-5161.

Hall Creek NRMA: fdr275 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind. 301-743-5161.

Huntingtown Area of King’s Landing NRMA: fvidr960 acres. Hunting within King’s Landing NRMA is allowed only in the

Huntingtown Area which is north of co*cktown Creek. Hunting is not permit-ted in the Calvert County managed King’s Landing Park. Reservation required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161.

Parkers Creek WMA 1,810 acres. Deer hunting only. Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons. 301-743-5161 for additional information

CAROLINE

Ayton Tree Nursery: 5 acres. Dove hunting by lottery only. Limited to youth age 15 and under with unarmed licensed adult. Limited to 4 junior hunters per day. Application (see page 43) due by 2 p.m. August 20, 2020.Drawing August 20, 2020. 410-673-2467, dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/nursery.aspx.

Bridgetown Ponds: d100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Restricted Season: Nov. 28, 2020– Jan. 31, 2021. Daily sign-in required at Tuckahoe State Park. 410-820-1668.

Idylwild WMA: vt3,584 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Merrikan Gordy Complex CFL: t417 acres. 410-632-3732.

Messenger Branch Complex CFL: t372 acres. 410-632-3732.

Seipp Complex CFL: t30 acres. 410-632-3732.

Tuckahoe State Park: avdm1,000 acres. General Hunting. Migratory goose hunting by lottery. Applications available online at: dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands 410-820-1668.

Key

a ......public archery range

v ... provisions to hunt from a ve-hicle, call each area for other conditions that may apply

m .... Managed Hunt Permit required for certain department lands (SeeDeer Hunting, page 28)

i ...... provisions for hunters with mobility impairments, call each area for site conditions

f ....free permit required

s ......public shooting range

d ......daily sign-in required

t ...... trapping allowed by permit

S ..... limited Sunday hunting allowed

r ... reservation required

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CARROLL

Avondale WMA: ftr180 acres. 410-356-9272.

Hahn CWMA: fr25 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272.

Hanover Watershed CWMA: fr337 acres. 410-356-9272.

Maring CWMA: fr237 acres. 410-356-9272.

Morgan Run NEA: mfr600 acres. Deer archery and muz-zleloader hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272.

Patapsco Valley State Park: See Baltimore County.Mercer Property – 127 acres. Deer archery and muzzleloader hunting by permit only 410-356-9272. mfr

Sawmill CWMA: fr600 acres. 410-356-9272.

Speigel CWMA: fr250 acres. 410-356-9272.

Woodbrook CWMA: fr522 acres. 410-356-9272.

CECIL

Bohemia River NRMA: fr200 acres. Deer hunting only. Archery, muzzleloader and firearms (shotgun only). 410-356-9272 Area information: 410-398-1246

C & D Canal Lands: 410-356-9272.• Bethel: 400 acres. Archery hunting

only for deer; vftS• Courthouse Point: 315 acres. Archery

hunting only for deer; vftS• Elk Forest: 242 acres; ftS• Grove Neck: Waterfowl only from

two blind sites on the Sassafras River. No on site boat access available; f

• Stemmers Run: 750 acres. Boat access restricted to waterfowl hunting only; Closed until further notice; vft

• Welch Point: 77 acres; vftS

Earleville WMA: Svftr195 acres. 410-356-9272.

Elk Neck State Forest: v3,695 acres. 410-287-5675.

Elk Neck State Park: fdmv615 acres. Deer and waterfowl hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272. Area Information 410-287-5333.

Fair Hill NRMA: fm4,295 acres. Deer archery hunting and raccoon hunting. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 29 for application. 410-356-9272. Area infor-mation: 410-398-1246.

Grove Farm WMA: Sftr744 acres. 410-356-9272.

Old Bohemia WMA: Sftr975 acres. 410-356-9272.

CHARLES

Blossom Point CWMA: frWaterfowl blind sites. Boat access only. 301-743-5161.

Cedar Point WMA: viftr1,920 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds/blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Cedarville State Forest: vd1,600 acres. Sign-in required. 301-743-5161.

Chapel Point State Park: vd550 acres. Call for mobility impaired hunting access. 301-743-5161.

Chapman State Park

(Mt. Aventine Parcel): dfv800 acres. Deer and waterfowl only. Waterfowl by boat access only. Permit and sign-in required. 301-743-5161.

Chicamuxen WMA: ftr381 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161.

Doncaster Demonstration Forest: t1,700 acres. 301-743-5161.

Indian Creek NRMA: d650 acres. 301-743-5161.

Myrtle Grove WMA: savt4,460 acres. (includes tracts formerly known as Chapman, Pomfret and Mat-tawoman NEA) 301-743-5161.

Nanjemoy Creek WMA: ftr224 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Nanjemoy WMA: viftr1,806 acres (general hunting), 140 acres (archery only). Reservations required for waterfowl blind site. 301-743-5161.

Popes Creek WMA: t522 acres. 301-743-5161.

Riverside WMA: ftr399 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind site. 301-743-5161.

Tayloes Neck Tract (State Forest): 470 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161; ftdr

Zekiah Swamp NEA: frWaterfowl hunting only. Boat access only. 301-743-5161.

DORCHESTERSunday hunting is allowed for the Spring Turkey Season on Dorchester County public lands.

Baumgarthner-Southam Complex CFL: tS210 acres. 410-632-3732.

Fishing Bay WMA: tS30,376 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

ho*rnicke-Oliphant Complex CFL: tS368 acres. 410-632-3732.

Insley Complex CFL: tS450 acres. 410-632-3732.

LeCompte WMA: itvS637 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. No squirrel hunt-ing. Waterfowl hunting on tidal waters of Chicamacomico River. Waterfowl hunting blinds for mobility-impaired only on managed impoundment (permit required). 410-376-3236.

Lewis Complex CFL: tS1,500 acres. 410-632-3732.

Linkwood WMA: tS313 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Marshyhope Complex CFL: tS3,378 acres. 410-632-3732.

Nantico*ke River WMASee also Wicomico County 410-376-3236• Calloway Wharf: 55 acres. Water

access only; S• Lower Marshyhope Swamp: 415

acres. Water access only. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid pro-

cess; tSTar Bay WMA: 12 acres. Waterfowl (water access only). 410-376-3236

Taylors Island WMA: tS1,114 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Primarily boat access. 410-376-3236.

FREDERICK

Cunningham Falls State Park: iv4,400 acres. General Hunting. Limited free reservations required for limited mobility hunters (call number below). Free permit required to hunt furbearers at night. Hunting permitted Monday–Saturday. 301-271-7574.

Frederick City Watershed CWMA: t7,300 acres. Free permit required to hunt furbearers at night. 301-842-2702.

Gravel Hill Swamp WMA69 acres. Archery hunting only. 301-842-2702

Heater’s Island WMA: t194 acres. Boat access only. 301-842-2702.

Monocacy NRMA: 1,800 acres. Hunting permitted Mon-day–Saturday. 301-924-2127

Ridenour Swamp WMA82 acres. Archery hunting only. 301-842-2702.

South Mountain State Park: 1,115 acres. Hunting permitted Mon-day–Saturday on designated state owned property; call park for areas. Hunting prohibited on National Park Service property. 301-791-4767

Urbana FMA: 60 acres. Archery hunting only - all legal species. 301-898-5443.

GARRETT

Cunningham Swamp WMA: tS328 acres. 301-334-4255.

Deep Creek Lake NRMA: frGoose hunting at designated sites. Boat access only. For information call 301-334-4255. For reservations call 301-743-5161

Deep Creek Lake State Park: iv551 acres. No firearms hunting until Oct. 15, 2020. No waterfowl hunting. Hunting permitted Monday–Saturday. 301-387-5563.

Mt. Nebo WMA: vitS1,854 acres. 301-334-4255.

Potomac-Garrett State Forest: avtS18,535 acres. For trapping permit call 301-334-4255. 301-334-2038.

Savage River State Forest: vtS55,021 acres. For trapping permit call 301-334-4255. 301-895-5759.

Wolf Den Run State Park:1986 acres. Deer hunting only. Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons. Hunting permitted Monday–Saturday. 301-334-9180.

Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA: t900 acres. 301-334-4255.

Youghiogheny Wild River NEA: 1,200 acres. Hunting permitted Mon-day–Saturday. 301-387-5563.

HARFORD

Gunpowder Falls State Park: See Baltimore County.

Rocks State Park: • Deer Creek Area: 120 acres. Deer

archery hunting only. 410-557-7994. d• Cameron Area: 105 acres. Deer

archery hunting only. 410-356-9272. fr

Stoney Demonstration Forest: fr318 acres. 410-356-9272.

Susquehanna State Park: fmdr650 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Waterfowl blinds by daily reserva-tion. 410-356-9272, Park information: 410-557-7994.

HOWARD

Hugg-Thomas WMA: vftr276 acres. 410-356-9272.

Patapsco Valley State Park: See Baltimore County.

Patuxent River State Park: 4,750 acres. 301-924-2127

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PUBLIC HUNTING LANDS

KENT

Millington WMA: ivtfr3,943 acres. General hunting with daily sign-in. 410-928-3650. Closed season for bobwhite quail. Free Central Region Public Hunting Permit and reservation required for spring turkey hunting and waterfowl blinds during migratory Canada goose season. 410-356-9272.

Sassafras NRMA: idv1,100 acres. General hunting with restric-tions. Migratory goose hunting by lottery only. Restrictions and applications avail-able online at: dnr.maryland.gov/public-lands. 410-820-1668.

MONTGOMERY

Cherrington CWMA (MNCPPC): 275 acres. Deer hunting only. 410-356-9272.

Islands of the Potomac WMA: tBoat access only. 410-356-9272.• Mason Island: 274 acres• Oxley Island: 35 acres• Maddox Island: 169 acres

McKee-Beshers WMA: t1,960 acres. 410-356-9272.

Patuxent River State Park: See Howard County.

Seneca Creek State Park: m650 acres for general hunting and 2,500 acres for deer archery hunting only.• Managed Deer Hunt (shotgun) by

lottery, see page 29 for application; m 301-924-2127

• Schaeffer Farm: Deer shotgun hunting; mr 410-356-9272.

Strider WMA: fr170 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272.

PRINCE GEORGE’S

Aquasco Farm CWMA (MNCPPC): dfr150 acres. Deer hunting only. Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons. Permit and Daily. 301-743-5161.

Belt Woods NEA fr458 acres. Deer hunting only. Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons. Permit and Daily. 301-743-5161.

Bowen WMA: ftr300 acres. Waterfowl and rail hunting only. Boat access only. 301-743-5161.

Cedarville State Forest: See Charles County.

Cheltenham WMA: afr15 acres. Dove and deer archery hunting only. 301-743-5161.

Gardner Road Park CWMA (MNCPPC): dfr120 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 301-743-5161.

Milltown Landing NRMA: vdfr250 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161.

National Park Service Blind Sites: frBoat access only. 301-743-5161.

Nottingham NRMA: fdr329 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Patuxent River Park/ Billingsley (MNCPPC): fdvr400 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Open Mon.–Fri., one p.m. to one half hour after sunset. 301-743-5161.

Queen Anne Bridge Rd. CWMA (MNCPPC): dfr182 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Open Mon.–Sat. 301-743-5161.

Rosaryville State Park: dvf460 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Per-mit and sign-in required. 301-743-5161.

Spice Creek NRMA: fdr230 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind site. 301-743-5161.

QUEEN ANNE’S

Browns Branch WMA: ft1,172 acres. 410-356-9272.

Tuckahoe State Park: See Caroline County.

Wye Island NRMA: dim2,500 acres. Deer Archery Season hunting limited to 25 hunters per day. Deer Muz-zleloader and Firearms Seasons hunting by lottery. Migratory goose hunting by lot-tery. Lottery applications are available dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands or 410-827-7577.

SOMERSET

Brice Stump Complex CFL1,663 acres. Located off Allen Road and Route 13. 410-632-3732

Cedar Island WMA: t3,081 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-651-2065

Deal Island WMA: t13,565 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Impoundment areas open to hunting during: Septem-ber Resident Canada goose season and Youth/Veteran/Military waterfowl hunt-ing days. New for 2020–21: Lottery permit required for all regular duck season impoundment hunting days, as follows: October segment on open-ing day and any Saturday; November segment on opening day, any Saturday, and the Friday following Thanksgiving; December/January segment on open-ing day, any Saturday, and Wednesdays beginning January 1. The impoundment will be closed to hunting on all other days. Lottery application available online at dnr.maryland.gov. Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2020. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impound-ments between October 1 and March 31. 410-651-2065.

E. Mace Smith Complex CFL: t1,737 acres. 410-632-3732.

Fairmount WMA: t5,224 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Impoundment areas open to hunting during September Resident Canada goose season, early teal season, Youth/Veteran/Military water-fowl hunting days, and during regular duck seasons as follows: October seg-ment on opening day and any Saturday; November segment on opening day, any Saturday, and the Friday following Thanksgiving; December/January seg-ment on opening day, any Saturday, and Wednesdays beginning January 1. Lot-tery permit required for opening day of each regular duck season segment. The impoundments will be closed to hunting on all other days. Lottery application available online at dnr.maryland.gov. Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2020. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impoundments between October 1 and March 31. 410-651-2065.

Marumsco Complex CFL: t1,087 acres. 410-632-3732.

Janes Island State Park: 2,900 acres. Waterfowl hunting only. Park information: 410-968-1565

Maryland Marine Properties WMA: t1,030 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-651-2065.

Oriole Complex CFL t693 acres. 410-632-3732

Peters McAllen Complex CFL: t683 acres. 410-632-3732.

Pocomoke Sound WMA: t922 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-651-2065.

South Marsh WMA: t2,969 acres. Furbearers trapping per-mits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-651-2065.

Wellington WMA: t429 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-651-2065.

Wells Complex CFL: t1,900 acres. 410-632-3732.

ST. MARY’S

Elms CWMA: df545 acres. Sign-in required. Environmental education on adjacent site. 301-743-5161.

Greenwell State Park: vd187 acres. 301-872-5688.

Historic St. Mary’s City CWMA: fr175 acres. Deer hunting only, beginning Dec. 1st. Open Tues.–Sat. (closed Christ-mas). Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Newtowne Neck State Park: fr360 acres. Permit and reservation required for all hunting. Free permit required for waterfowl hunting zones (301-743-5161). Hunters must use archery equipment during early muzzleloader season. Park Information 301-872-5688.

Myrtle Point CWMA: fr192 acres. Deer and waterfowl hunting only. Permit and reservation required. Deer archery hunting only; open Oct. 15 – Jan. 31. Waterfowl hunting by boat only in the third split of the season. 301-743-5161.

Point Lookout State Park (JacobsTractOnly): d240 acres. Deer and waterfowl hunting only. Hunters must use archery equip-ment during the early muzzleloader season. Waterfowl hunting at desig-nated sites only. Access by boat only. 301-872-5688.

St. Clement’s Island State Park: f63 acres. Rabbit and waterfowl hunting only. Free permit required for waterfowl hunting zone - Contact 301-743-5161. Accessible only by boat. Park informa-tion: 301-872-5688.

Salem Tract (State Forest): tS1550 acres. 301-743-5161.

St. Inigoes State Forest: ftSr600 acres. Permit and reservation required at all times. 301-743-5161.

St. Mary’s Lake: frWaterfowl hunting at designated sites only. Access by boat only (no gas motors). Permit and reservation required. 301-743-5161. Park information 301-872-5688.Note — Waterfowl hunting may be sus-pended for a park improvement project scheduled for 2020–2021.

St. Mary’s River State Park d2,200 acres. 301-872-5688.

Key

a ......public archery range

v ... provisions to hunt from a ve-hicle, call each area for other conditions that may apply

m .... Managed Hunt Permit required for certain department lands (SeeDeer Hunting, page 28)

i ...... provisions for hunters with mobility impairments, call each area for site conditions

f ....free permit required

s ......public shooting range

d ......daily sign-in required

t ...... trapping allowed by permit

S ..... limited Sunday hunting allowed

RR ..... reservation required

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TALBOT

Seth Demonstration Forest CFL 121 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-632-3732

WASHINGTON

Fort Frederick State Park m500 acres. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 29 for application. 301-842-2155.

Greenbrier State Park 500 acres. Free permit required to hunt furbearers at night. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-791-4767

Indian Springs WMA vtS6,596 acres. 301-842-2702.

Prather’s Neck WMA tS205 acres (general hunting), 10 acres (archery hunting only). 301-842-2702.

Sideling Hill WMA tS3,519 acres. 301-842-2702.

South Mountain State Park 2,885 acres (general hunting), 170 acres (archery only). Hunting permitted Mon-day–Saturday on designated state owned property; call for areas. Hunting prohib-ited on National Park Service property. 301-791-4767.

Woodmont NRMA v2,400 acres. Hunting permitted Mon-day–Saturday. 301-842-2155.

WICOMICO

Athol Complex CFL t682 acres. 410-632-3732.

Aughty Naughty Complex CFL itv1,243 acres. 410-632-3732.

Ellis Bay WMA t3,208 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Fair Meadow Complex CFL t362 acres. 410-632-3732.

Greenhill Complex CFL t3,957 acres. 410-632-3732.

Johnson WMA t468 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Deer hunting with bow only. 410-651-2065.

Lathrop Complex CFLWaterfowl hunting only along shoreline north of Stump Gut. 410-632-3732

Nantico*ke River WMASee also Dorchester County 410-376-3236• Nutter’s Neck: 1,587 acres. Fur-

bearer trapping permits issued by bid process. t

• Sharptown Dunes: 198 acres. Fur-bearer trapping permits issued by bid process. t

Wetipquin WMA t100 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Wicomico Demonstration Forest CFL t

3,463 acres. 410-632-3732.

WORCESTER

Assateague State Park vd450 acres. Deer archery hunting only restricted to Nov. 16, 2020–Jan. 31, 2021. Self sign-in required at Pump House #1. Limit of 10 hunters per day. Call for mobility impaired hunting access. 410-641-2120.

Bethards Tract CFL t33 acres. 410-632-3732.

Buck Harbor Complex CFL i1095 acres located off Stevens Roads. 410-632-3732

Cordery Complex CFL t588 acres. 410-632-3732.

Creek Complex CFL t868 acres. This complex is comprised of the Creek, Chatham and Tankard Farm tracts. 410-632-3732.

Dunn Swamp Complex CFL t1,146 acres. 410-632-3732.

E. A. Vaughn WMA vt2,630 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Caution squirrel hunters: Delmarva Fox Squirrel may not be hunted. 410-651-2065.

Foster Complex CFL 4,808 acres located off Route 12/Snow Hill Road. 410-632-3732

Isle of Wight WMA t

ARCHERY HUNTING AT LIBERTY, LOCH RAVEN AND PRETTYBOY RESERVOIRSSpecial rules and regulations for hunting are in effect on the Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs. By accepting the permit, the permittee agrees to having read and accepted these rules and regulations governing the Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs established by the City of Baltimore, Director of Public Works.

• Parking or driving motor vehicles of any description except on hard surfaced roads is prohibited.

• No fires are permitted on the watershed areas at any time.

• Hunting is permitted only from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

• No hunting within 50 feet of high water shoreline.

• No hunting is allowed south of Lib-erty Road (MD Rt. 26) on Liberty Reservoir in Baltimore County.

• Hunters must adhere to all regulations established by the Baltimore City Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

• Hunters are warned against the disposal of refuse and trash on the watershed area, and violators will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

• Although not recommended by Baltimore City Department of Public Works, the use of patented portable tree stands is permitted.

• Portable tree stands must be removed at the end of each day.

• Masks or other face gear shall be removed upon leaving the woods and when approaching within 100 yards of another person.

• Permits are valid for the entire season for the taking of game, except waterfowl, WITH ARCHERY EQUIPMENT ONLY at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs.

• On Loch Raven Reservoir, the permit is valid for deer hunting only with archery equipment in designated areas.

• It is illegal to bait for hunting.

• On Loch Raven Reservoir hunting is prohibited on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail/NCR Trail.

• Baltimore City Department of Public Works regulations allow for use of crossbows on Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs during the entire deer bow season established by the Department of Natural Resources.

• Deer archery hunters hunting during the Junior Deer Hunting Days, Deer Firearms and Deer Muzzleloader Seasons are required to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing.

• Archery Hunting Permits for Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs are available online at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/ Documents/Reservoir-Permit.pdf.

• For reservoir hunting questions call 410-356-9272.

ARCHERY HUNTING PERMIT FOR THE LIBERTY, LOCH RAVEN AND PRETTYBOY RESERVOIRS 2020–2021

Complete the information below and keep this section with your hunting license. This permit must be in your possession while hunting on the above areas.

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Issued in cooperation between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service and the City of Baltimore Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

Maps of the watersheds are available online at dnr.maryland.gov or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources 3740 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117

224 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Area south of Rt. 90 closed to hunting. 410-651-2065.

Johnson & Johnson Tract CFL t853 acres. 410-632-3732.

Pocomoke State Forest vtf18,492 acres. Free permit required for trapping and raccoon hunting. Limited vehicle access. 410-632-3732.

Pocomoke River WMA t1,008 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-651-2065.

Selby Complex CFL t460 acres. 410-632-3732.

Shockley Complex CFL t653 acres. 410-632-3732

Sinepuxent Islands WMA 25 acres. Boat access only. 410-651-2065

Timmons Complex CFL t477 acres. 410-632-3732.

Twigg f*cks Complex CFL t1,007 acres. Located off MD Rt. 12/Spea-rin Road adjacent to Pocomoke State Forest. 410-632-3732.

Whitesburg Complex CFL t375 acres. 410-632-3732.

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SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT BALTIMORE, MD (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) SEPTEMBER 2020 THROUGH MAY 2021

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Source: Astronomical Applications Department, U.S. Naval Observatory. Daylight Saving Time is included in the chart (in red). These times are for Baltimore, Maryland and are for reference only. Consult local newspaper or other media for actual times in your area.

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FAQs

What states allow straight wall cartridges? ›

States like Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois have updated their regulations to allow hunting with rifles chambered for straight wall ammunition. Additionally, states with large deer populations, such as Wisconsin and Maryland, have also started providing more options for hunting with straight wall cartridges.

Can you hunt with a straight wall cartridge? ›

While there are several straight wall cartridge options, 360 Buckhammer is the ideal choice for lever gun deer hunting, with performance similar to 30-30 Win. So-called “straight wall” states are growing every year with more hunters being allowed to put down their slug gun and use a modern rifle.

How many bullets can you have in your gun while hunting deer? ›

Check that third box that the bullets are soft nose or expanding projectiles and you are good to go. Your 5-round magazine is also legal to use. See CCR, Title 14, section 353 for more details on authorized methods of take for big game. Good luck on your hunt!

What cartridge has taken the most deer? ›

Legend has it the . 30-30 Winchester has felled more whitetails than any other cartridge.

Why use straight-walled cartridges? ›

Like slugs or a muzzleloader, straight wall projectiles lose steam at longer distances, making straight walls a safe hunting option. States that allow hunting with straight walls define what a straight wall cartridge is in different ways. Criteria can include bullet diameter, case dimensions, velocity and more.

Is 30/30 win a straight wall cartridge? ›

Some straight wall cartridges and associates: 357 Magnum, 10mm Auto, 44 Rem. Mag., 35 Remington, 30-30 Winchester, 350 Legend, 360 Buckhammer, 400 Legend, 450 Bushmaster, 45-70 Govt., 450 Marlin, 32-40 Winchester, 405 Winchester, 458 Winchester, 500 Nitro Express, 450 Nitro Express.

Are straight-walled cartridges easier to reload? ›

However, loading straight-wall cartridge cases is a bit more complex than loading typical bottleneck rifle cartridges. Seems counterintuitive, but it's a fact. Most of the special techniques involve installing bullets, but there are some unique aspects to resizing, too.

Is 300 blackout considered a straight-wall cartridge? ›

The primary difference between the 350 Legend and 300 Blackout is the bullet diameter and case design for each cartridge. The 350 Legend fires a 0.355” diameter bullet from a straight-walled cartridge while the 300 Blackout fires a 0.308” diameter bullet from a bottleneck cartridge.

What is the best deer hunting caliber? ›

In our opinion, the best rifle calibers for deer hunting are the . 270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, . 30-06 Springfield, . 308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .

What caliber bullet kills a deer? ›

The . 30/30 has plenty of power to take on whitetail within 200 yards, making it suitable for 95 percent of shots on deer.

Can you carry 2 guns while hunting? ›

The decision to carry multiple weapons while hunting is a practical choice that allows hunters to match their firearms to specific game, adapt to seasonal variations, and ensure their safety and success in the field.

What bullet does the most damage on deer? ›

Favorite versions for use on deer are the 130-grain 6.5mm, 140-grain . 270-cal., 140-grain 7mm and 165-grain . 30-cal. AccuBonds.

What is the deadliest deer caliber? ›

But the 30-06 shoots faster and flatter than the 30-30, so it's better. Although… the 308 Winchester shoots almost as fast and flat as the -06 with less recoil, so it's the world's deadliest deer rifle.

What is the most sold cartridge? ›

223/5.56 ammo is the most popular rifle round in the U.S. The . 223/5.56 cartridge is popular for home and self defense, target shooting, hunting, competition, and for use in law enforcement and military agencies. While there are slight differences between . 223 vs.

Why can you only use straight-walled cartridges in Ohio? ›

Only straight-walled cartridge rifles are allowed to be used throughout the state, as well as a variety of other states. This is because they are seen as being a more humane way of shooting deer. That is why it is illegal to any round that has a tempered cartridge.

Can you hunt with a straight-wall cartridge in Illinois? ›

Centerfire revolvers or centerfire single-shot handguns of . 30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches. Must use a bottleneck centerfire cartridge of . 30 caliber or larger with a case length not exceeding 1.4 inches, or a straight-walled centerfire cartridge of .

Can you use straight-wall cartridge in Maryland? ›

Straight-walled cartridge handguns may be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt Days in all counties and locations in Maryland, subject to local and county ordinances.

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