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Hunting in Maryland: 3 Animals To Hunt Year-Round

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L-R: Standing nutria, Wild Coyote and Red fox. (Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 09:53 AM

If you plan to go hunting in Maryland, you’ll need to figure out which animals to hunt and when they’re in season. Unlike other game, the nutria and coyote both are legal to hunt year-round throughout the state. The fox also is legal for hunting throughout the year, but only in Charles and Dorchester counties. Elsewhere in Maryland, fox can be hunted only during the designated open season.

Here are more details about these animals and how to hunt them.

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1. Nutria
Maryland is on a mission to get rid of nutria. First introduced from South America for use in the fur trade, the nutria is the only mammal included on the state’s list of invasive species of special concern. The small, furbearing rodent munches on swampland vegetation, speeding erosion from tidal currents, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Currently the target of the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project, the rodent has contributed substantially to the degradation of wetlands in Maryland and neighboring states, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Meanwhile, the DNR allows the nutria to be hunted year-round statewide. Unlike a number of other furbearing animals, which can’t be hunted on Sundays, the nutria can be hunted seven days a week. It can be taken with firearm, bow, or crossbow, according to the Maryland Hunting & Trapping Guide. However, the nutria is not on the state’s list of legally trappable animals.

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2. Coyote
In Maryland, the coyote may be hunted year-round during daylight hours and at night for about six months of the year. Traditional night coyote season lasts from mid-October through mid-May. Like the nutria, the coyote may be hunted with firearms, bow or crossbow. Like the fox, but unlike the nutria, the coyote also may be trapped. Use of dogs, artificial lights and electronic calling devices also is allowed.

3. Fox
Michigan laws allow hunting and trapping the fox, as well as pursuing the animal in organized chases by sporting clubs. It’s necessary to hold a hunter’s license and a furbearer permit to wield a weapon against a fox, coyote, raccoon, opossum, skunk or fisher. To trap a fox or any other legally trappable furbearer, an individual must possess a trapping license plus a furbearer permit. Outside of Charles and Dorchester counties, hunting and trapping typically are permitted for about three months each year, from November through February. Dates vary by county.

Meanwhile, unarmed people participating in organized fox chases by foot must either hold an individual furbearer permit or be part of an organization that holds a group furbearer permit.

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

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