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Hunting in Maryland: 11 Things to Know About Urban Deer and Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:09 AM

As urban areas sprawl into once pristine wildlife habitat, hunting areas are shrinking along with natural habitats. Urban deer hunting, coyote control, and trapping of small fur-bearing animals are becoming commonplace, and in some states such as Maryland individual towns have their own controlled deer hunts.

There are a few things you need to know about urban hunting in Maryland before you go setting traps, firing weapons, or outfitting yourself with a bow.

Some urban areas disallow firearm use and limit methods of taking animals to trapping or shotgun or arrow. Maryland allows certain species to be “controlled” under its Furbearer Management Program, and managed hunts are highly regulated and are designed to be primarily used in populated areas.

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In order to take part in managed hunts, hunters must pass a shooting proficiency test and often are told where to set up tree stands with shooting directions dictated.

Here are 11 things to know about urban deer hunting in Maryland:

1. Managed hunts also may be outside regular hunting seasons, and sometimes deer taken do not count against the hunter’s regular season bag limit. Managed hunts are a valuable tool for managing high-density deer populations in an urban and suburban setting.

2. For archers in the Suburban Deer Archery Zone, the bag limit is unlimited for antlerless deer. Because of urban sprawl, the safety zone for all archery hunters was reduced in 2013 to 100 yards in Harford County.

3. Licenses to hunt in Maryland include: a regular hunting license, junior hunting license, any senior hunting license, or nonresident hunting license.

4. A license is required to hunt or trap furbearers except nutria. Usually hunters need to get a furbearer permit to hunt, chase, or trap any furbearer.

5. People trapping under the authority of a furbearer permit must get a certificate of trapper education from the DNR, unless they held a Furbearer Permit prior to Aug.1, 2007.

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6. The hunting of nutria is statewide and open season has no bag limits.

7. Bobcat may not be hunted.

8. Certain species, such as beaver and river otter, are closed to non-residents.

9. Coyote can be hunted statewide, year-round, during daylight hours, except on Sunday, with firearms and archery. There is no limit. The exception to the daylight restriction is between mid-October and mid-March.

10. Fox may be trapped, shot or killed by arrow from the end of October through early February in 15 counties and from mid-November through mid-February in nine counties. Charles and Dorchester counties allow fox to be taken year-round with no limits. Check with the Maryland DNR for specific details.

11. No-kill seasons for raccoon and opossum run from early August through mid-October, and from mid-March through July, but you can shoot them with firearms, archery, and chase with dogs from mid-October through mid-March. They can be trapped west of Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River from the end of October through mid-March, and the eastern portion of the state between mid-November through mid-March.

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

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