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Hunting in Maryland: 16 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:22 AM

Hunting enthusiasts frequently run into trouble when trying to find Maryland sites where the species they are targeting are plentiful and hunting is permitted. Often the best sites are privately owned.

Maryland has some specific rules and regulations set in place by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) when it comes to hunting on private property.

1. Maryland requires hunters to have a license that usually lasts a year with an exception of a nonresident 3-day waterfowl and small game license.

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2. 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.

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

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

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

6. Permission is required to hunt or trap on private (and public) land in all Maryland counties.

7. Hunters must carry written permission by the landowner to hunt on the property.

8. Anyone hunting on private property will be held liable for any damage they cause.

9. If hunters pass posted trespass signs, they are in violation of the law and will be prosecuted.

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10. Maryland allows the use of blue paint stripes to indicate property boundaries, so be on the lookout for these while hunting.

11. Archery hunters must wear fluorescent orange during the deer muzzleloader season, deer firearm season, or junior deer hunting season are open on private land.

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

13. Deer firearm Sunday season for private lands in Zone 1 is the last week of November/early December and early January.

14. Zone 2 private land deer hunting on Sundays, late November/early December.

15. Sunday deer hunting on private lands is allowed in Anne, Arundel, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Montgomery, Talbot, and Wicomico counties, with firearm season late November.

16. Specific dates for muzzle loader and archery hunting on private land and on Sundays are limited to just a few days. Consult the DNR website for details.

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

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