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Hunting in Maryland: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

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During the crisp days of autumn, hunting in Maryland branches out into open seasons for a wide assortment of birds and animals, including pheasants, black bear and sea ducks. Here are details about these three animals and how to hunt them.

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1. Pheasants
Pheasant season in Maryland typically lasts throughout November and December. As a member of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ small game category, this tasty bird can be hunted with firearms or bows. Hunters can harvest male pheasants only, and the bag limit is one per day. A senior, adult or junior hunting license is required. At various times in the fall, hunters also can pursue quail, crow, rails, woodcock, coyote, raccoon, opossum and a number of other small game animals, according to the Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland.

2. Black Bear
Black bear hunting in Maryland requires more than just a hunting license. The hunter also needs a black bear permit, which is obtainable only by winning a lottery-style drawing. Black bear hunters also must follow a number of special rules. As with deer, for example, no hunting with dogs is allowed. In addition, black bear hunters and members of their selected hunting band (referred to as “sub-permittees”) cannot chase or disturb black bears which have entered dens. The state bans the use of bait, electronic calls and scent attractants in hunting bears. Black bears can be taken with either firearms or bows. The season typically takes place for three days in October, and only Allegany and Garrett counties are open to bear hunting. The limit is one bear per season, according to the “Bear Hunters Guide to Hunting Black Bear in Maryland.”

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3. Sea Ducks
Maryland is a famous hunting ground for many different varieties of ducks and other seafowl. Sea ducks consist of three breeds: long-tailed ducks, eiders, and scoters, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Special rules are also in place for sea duck hunting. Hunters must pursue the birds from boats in designated areas of the Atlantic Ocean, bays and rivers. Hunters must remain at least 800 yards from shore, 250 yards from any other person hunting waterfowl, and 500 yards from any road, bridge or causeway. Also, nonresidents who are hunting for sea ducks must be accompanied by a Maryland resident, according to the DNR.

Maryland’s sea duck season is traditionally open from the start of October through the end of January. Requirements include a hunting license and Maryland migratory bird stamp. The daily bag limit is five sea ducks, including no more than four scoters.

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

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