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General Furbearer Regulations

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  • It is unlawful to hunt, trap or shoot at wildlife within 150 yards of an occupied building or camp without permission of the owner or occupant. For archery hunters this distance is 100 yards in Harford County and 50 yards in Carroll and Frederick counties.
  • Harvesting the following species by any means other than trapping is prohibited: beaver, long-tailed weasel, mink, muskrat, and river otter. Nonresidents are not permitted to harvest beaver or river otter.
  • Destroying or disturbing furbearer dens is prohibited.
  • A permit is required to possess the meat or skinned carcass of a furbearer for more than 10 days after the season has closed. Permits can be obtained from the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP). See Addresses & Phone Numbers for NRP offices.
  • The pelt or unskinned carcasses of all fisher and river otter harvested in Maryland must be tagged within 15 days after the season has closed. Fisher and otter pelt tags may be obtained by contacting local offices of either the DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service or NRP. Trappers are required to submit the whole, skinned carcass of any otter harvested in Allegany and Garrett counties to DNR (call 301-334-4255, Mt. Nebo WMA).
  • The pelts or unskinned carcasses of furbearers harvested in Maryland, and then transported across the state line must have a “Fur Shipping Tag” accompanying them. These tags are available online at or by contacting local offices of either the DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service or NRP. See Addresses & Phone Numbers for offices.
  • On those lands owned or controlled by DNR in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties only leaseholders or their appointees can hunt or trap furbearers and nutria between November 15 and March 15.
  • Fox Restrictions: Some counties have local restrictions governing fox hunting and trapping, and the possession of foxes and/or their pelts. For detailed information, contact local law enforcement authorities.

The following restrictions apply:

  • » In Charles and Dorchester counties, a person may hunt, trap or possess the pelt of a fox any time of the year.
  • » It is unlawful to kill a fox being pursued by dogs in Cecil, Harford, Kent, St. Mary’s and Wicomico counties.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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