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Hunting in Maryland: 16 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:40 AM

As a Maryland landowner, opening your property to hunting enthusiasts comes with rules. There are different seasons that various species of animal can be taken in and limits to the numbers taken. There also are licensing requirements for folks hunting on your property.

Here are 16 things you should keep in mind when allowing hunters to use your private property:

1. You do not need a hunting license if you are a Maryland resident (or their spouse) who owns property and only hunts on that property.

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2. Hunters are required to obtain a free Maryland Big Game Harvest Record from the Maryland Sport License agent.

3. Clearly mark your property boundary with blue paint. Maryland allows the use of stripes to indicate property boundaries.

4. Hunters must have permission to hunt or trap on private (and public) land in all Maryland counties.

5. The hunters must carry written permission from the landowner to hunt on the property.

6. Damage done? Be assured that anyone hunting on private property will be held liable for any damage they cause.

7. If hunters pass posted trespass signs on your neighbor’s land, they are in violation of the law and will be prosecuted.

8. All archery hunters must wear fluorescent orange during the deer muzzleloader season, deer firearm season, or junior deer hunting season on private land.

9. Sunday deer hunting on private lands is allowed only in Charles and St. Mary’s counties on specific dates.

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10. Deer firearm Sunday season for private lands in Zone 1 is late November/early December and early January.

11. Zone 2 private land deer hunting on Sundays is late November/early December.

12. Sunday deer hunting on private lands is allowed in Anne, Arundel, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Montgomery, Talbot, and Wicomico counties, with firearm season starting on Sunday, Nov. 28.

13. Specific dates for muzzleloader and archery hunting on private land and on Sundays is limited to just a few days. Consult the DNR website for details.

14. Even on private property, Maryland requires hunters to have a license. The license usually lasts a year, with an exception of a nonresident three-day waterfowl and small game license.

15. Juveniles under the age of 16 can get a one-time free annual hunting license, bow stamp, and muzzleloader stamp after they complete a hunter safety and education course.

16. A trapper must have a certificate of trapper education from the DNR.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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