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Hunting in Maryland: 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Permit for Adults

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As a hunting region, Maryland is known for wild game ranging from ducks in the Chesapeake Bay to black bear and whitetail deer. Here are three things you need to know about requirements for hunting in Maryland before you apply for an adult license to get in on the action.

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1. Fees vary according to age, hunting activities, and resident/nonresident status.
Maryland’s hunting license application form shows that, for Maryland residents, annual license fees are $24.50 for adults ages 16 to 64 and $5 for seniors age 65 and older. Beyond the basic license fee, the state Department of Natural Resources also charges additional fees for optional hunting activities such as registration in the furbearer and retriever training permits, and migratory bird and deer muzzleloader stamps.

2. Adults and seniors can qualify for a hunting license in any of several ways.
To obtain a Maryland hunting license, an adult or senior hunter must either present a certificate of competency in firearms and hunting safety or certify why they do not needs to meet this requirement.

Individuals who are purchasing nonresident licenses and will only hunt waterfowl, are not required to submit the certificate of competency. Neither are hunters certifying that they either held a hunting license prior to July 1, 1977, or that they hunted on private property before that date and were legally exempt from purchasing a hunting license, according to the Maryland Hunting & Trapping Guidebook.

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3. Hunters earn the certificate of competency by passing either an online or classroom course.
The hunter safety education course is offered both online and at various physical locations throughout the state. Regardless of whether the classroom component is taken online or at a physical location, a student must also attend a field day in order to pass the course and obtain a certificate of Ccompetency.

A study guide on Maryland’s Hunter-Ed.com website shows that the course covers such subjects as wildlife, basic hunting skills, firearm equipment, basic shooting skills, hunter ethics, preparation and survival skills, and primitive hunting techniques, such as muzzleloaders and bows and arrow.

The online course can be taken at any time. However, most courses at physical sites take place during late summer and early fall, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.

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

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