Whether you’re a seasoned hunter with years of experience, or a novice sportsman with a new hunting license, Maryland has everything you need for a memorable deer hunt. From the world class white-tailed deer to the unique sika deer opportunities, the next hunt to remember happens right here in Maryland.
Ranging from firearm, bow, and muzzleloader seasons, hunting is permitted from early September until the end of January on varying dates.
For information on seasons, sizes and limits click HERE.
With twenty-three counties in Maryland to choose from, finding a place to hunt in our great state is easy. Our world-class deer populations can be found throughout the state, and may be hunted on public and private lands. Whether you climb into your tree stand in one of our state parks, or get some local knowledge from experienced guides, you’re sure to fill your bag and go home with a smile.
One of the best ways to get the most out of a hunt in Maryland is to hook up with a local hunting guide. Knowledgeable of the terrain, locations, and behavior of Maryland’s deer, guides are a great way for sportsmen to make the most out of their hunting trip. Many guides also have access to the state’s private lands unavailable to hunters heading out on their own. If you would rather go out on your own, there is a wealth of public lands and wild lands packed with trophy deer from the mountainous Western region to the low-lying Eastern Shore.
For a full list of hunting locations, download the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ app on your phone (MD DNR).
License and Regulations
Money generated from the sale of licenses goes directly to the conservation, protection, and preservation of Maryland’s natural habitat and cherished wildlife. Maryland DNR works tirelessly to maintain a healthy population of fish and game, and the regulations needed to sustain fishing and hunting in Maryland. Changes in regulations, dates, and requirements vary year-to-year. Please check with DNR frequently for the most up-to-date information.