It’s time to start planning your hunt in Maryland. Quality bucks and thriving deer populations make Maryland a prime location for your hunt, with Central Maryland offering hunters great opportunities for a successful harvest. Here are a few of the top public lands to consider in Central Maryland for your hunt this season:

Baltimore/Carroll County Reservoirs

With over 18,000 acres of forested land on three different reservoirs available for public hunting, these Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas (CWMAs) in Baltimore and Carroll counties offer easy access along with great hunting opportunities. 

Central Maryland Courtesy of Sheri Lunsford

Liberty Reservoir (Baltimore and Carroll County) - Located on the border of Baltimore and Carroll Counties, this 9,200-acre tract is open to all legal game except waterfowl. The size and beauty of the land makes for an enjoyable hunt, packed with opportunities. Prettyboy Reservoir (Baltimore County) - This reservoir is located primarily in northwestern Baltimore County, with a small portion extending into northeastern Carroll County. This 7,380-acre tract is open to all legal game except waterfowl. Loch Raven Reservoir (Baltimore County) - A specific section of Loch Raven Reservoir’s 1,600-acre tract is open only to archery hunting season only. The locations above are open for archery season only. For more information on regulations and to acquire the needed permit or visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources online.

Plan Your Trip

Be sure to visit Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping before heading out. Click here for more information on Maryland’s white-tailed and sika deer; here for deer archery and muzzleloader seasons; and here for information on how to acquire hunting licenses.  Be sure to visit Maryland Department of Natural Resources online for more information on seasons and regulations before heading out!

Places to Stay

From rustic to regal Maryland offers a variety of places to stay. Search for lodging options across the state and check out current deals and discounts as you are planing.

Images courtesy of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Sheri Lunsford, and Steve Edwards via the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Flickr account