Discover one of the best states for deer hunting this season. With four major regions hosting thousands of acres of public access, Maryland offers one of the country’s most diverse habitat ranges. Experience its natural wildlife management areas and expand your hunt from the forested mountains of the Alleghenies to the creeks, marshes and fields of the Coastal Plains. Answer the call and visit Maryland for your next hunt.
Explore Maryland's Deer Hunting Trail
From first timers to experienced outdoorsmen & women, Maryland’s Deer Hunting Trail makes it easy to learn why deer hunting in Maryland so special. Each trail site has been selected to showcase its unique hunting experience. You’ll find a diverse range of terrain and wildlife—from white-tailed deer in Western Maryland to sika deer on the Eastern Shore.
Simply click on the region, then read about selected trail sites that include Wildlife Management Areas, State Parks, State Forests and Reservoirs.
In addition to identifying public access hunting areas, the Maryland Deer Hunting Trail on the Fish & Hunt Maryland website makes it easy for you to get the most out of your experience by providing links to information on lodging, outfitters and areas of local interest once you leave your hunting spot.
Have you considered bringing your whole family along while you work towards your next harvest? With Maryland’s long history as one of the 13 original American colonies, the scenic byways that run through the state are perfect for a road trip where your family can enjoy memorable landscapes, key historic areas, unique shopping and small town hospitality.
Where to Hunt in Maryland
Each of Maryland's regions offers excellent and unique hunting experiences. If you are an avid climber or a beginner sitting on the ground, you will find plenty of opportunities to try your luck. Click on any of the regions below to learn more and find specific hunting sites.
Whether you’re heading to Western Maryland from out of state, or just looking for a change of scenery from your usual tree line, you'll discover ample hunting grounds. Western Maryland is known for having some of the best fall foliage on the east coast. So extending your trip a bit to bike along the C&O Canal or to explore the nearby Canal towns will add a colorful note to your trip. Learn more about public hunting lands in Western Maryland.
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 is home to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the waterfront state Capital of Annapolis—both filled with amazing food and entertainment options. You’ll also find some great camping and hiking trails. Learn more about public hunting lands in Central Maryland.
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is well known for its beaches, goose hunting, and white marlin, but it’s also a hotspot for white-tailed deer and a haven for the elusive sika deer. From the serenity of waterfront towns to the excitement of Ocean City, there are plenty of reasons to stay an extra day. Learn more about public hunting lands in Eastern Maryland.
Heading to Southern Maryland’s public land areas offers hunters the chance to experience all the beauty of the Free State. Filled with small, one-of-a-kind bayfront towns, Southern Maryland is a great place to turn a hunting trip into a weekender. Learn more about public hunting lands in Southern Maryland.
Maryland's Capital Region includes the counties near Washington, D.C., including Montgomery County which is home to some great deer hunting opportunities. This region offers two public hunting lands you will want to check out.