With deer season in full swing, 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 public lands 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 archery hunting for deer. 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 archery hunting for deer.

Loch Raven Reservoir (Baltimore County) - A specific section of Loch Raven Reservoir’s 1,600-acre tract is open only to archery hunting for deer during the regulated hunting season.

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.

Montgomery County

Only a short drive from Washington D.C., Montgomery County offers easy convenience to city-dwellers looking to get out and find opportunities to harvest a Maryland deer. Here, you’ll find diverse habitats ranging from forests, marshes, streams and ponds, agricultural fields, food plots, and early successional fields.

Central Maryland Courtesy of Steve Edwards

McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area 

Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area is a 2,000-acre tract with a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs). The wildlife management area shares a common boundary with the National Park Service - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, to the east.

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. 

To start planning your deer hunt in Central Maryland, be sure to visit the Plan Section of our site to find lodgingguides and outfittersoutdoor retailersand shooting rangesBe sure to visit Maryland Department of Natural Resources online for more information on seasons and regulations before heading out!

Lodging Deals

Here are a few places to stay in Central Maryland to help make the most out of this year’s deer hunt:

Embassy Suites

  • 13 International Circle
  • Hunt Valley, MD 21030
  • 410-584-1400

Holiday Inn Timonium

  • 9615 Deereco Road
  • Timonium, MD 21093
  • 410-560-1000

Holiday Inn Express Towson

  • 1100 Cromwell Bridge Road
  • Towson, MD 21286
  • 410-823-4410

Comfort Inn Shady Grove

  • Gaithersburg – Rockville
  • 16216 Frederick Rd
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877
  • (301) 330-0023

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