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Deer Seasons & Regulations

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REGION A: Allegany County, Garrett County and the western portion of Washington County (Zone 2, Private Land Code Areas 250 and 251) that lies west of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River.

REGION B: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, the eastern portion of Washington County, Zone 1, Private Land Code Area 252, that lies east of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River), Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Junior Deer Hunt Days and Bag Limits

Junior Deer Hunt Days are for hunters age 16 or younger only.

To hunt during these days:

  • Junior hunters must have a hunting license or be exempt from the license requirement (see Who May Hunt Without a License, Hunting Licenses).
  • They must be accompanied in the field by an individual who:
    • is 21 years old or older.
    • possesses a valid Maryland hunting license (an Apprentice Hunting License does not meet this requirement) or is exempt from hunting license requirements.
    • is unarmed.

Daily deer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with the exception of certain Sundays in certain counties (see Sunday hunting chart, Sunday Deer Hunting).

Junior Deer Hunt Days 2018

Junior Deer Hunt Days, Bag Limits:

  • Junior Deer Hunt Days have a separate bag limit. Deer taken by junior hunters during these days do not count towards the regular Archery, Muzzleloader or Firearms seasons bag limits.
  • Junior hunters are NOT required to comply with the antler point restriction during any of the deer seasons (see White-tailed Antler Point Restrictions). The Region A total bag limit is 1 antlered or antlerless white-tailed deer for Junior Deer Hunt Days.
  • The Region B total bag limit is 3 white-tailed deer; no more than 1 may be antlered for Junior Deer Hunt Days.
  • The Sika Deer total bag limit is 1 antlered or antlerless sika deer for Junior Deer Hunt Days.

Antlered White-tailed Deer Statewide Seasons and Bag Limits

The antlered white-tailed deer bag limit is statewide and applies to both Region A and Region B together.

NEW– Hunters may only harvest 1 antlered white-tailed deer per day within the season bag limits.

The combined total antlered white-tailed bag limit for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons is now 2.

  • Daily deer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with the exception of certain Sundays in certain counties (see Sunday Deer Hunting).
  • An antlered white-tailed deer is defined as a deer with two or more points to one antler, or a deer with one antler three or more inches long, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.
  • An antler point is defined as any antler projection one inch or more in length and includes the brow tine. The tip of the main beam is also considered a point.

White-tailed Antler Point Restrictions

  • A statewide Antler Point Restriction is in effect on some, but not all, of the antlered white-tailed deer a hunter may harvest during the license year. The Antler Point Restriction includes these regulations:
    • Hunters may harvest one antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does not meet the requirement of having at least three points on one antler. Any additional antlered white-tailed deer taken within the yearly bag limit must have at least three points on one antler.
    • These deer may be taken in any order within the existing bag limit.
    • Junior hunters that possess a valid Junior Hunting License (or junior hunters that are exempt from the licensing requirement) or are 16 years of age or younger and possess an Apprentice Hunting License are NOT required to comply with the antler point restriction during any of the deer seasons.

Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp

  • A bonus antlered white-tailed deer may only be taken in Region B (see map).
  • A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp must be purchased prior to pursuing a bonus antlered deer.
  • Hunting license holders that purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may take one additional antlered white-tailed deer in Region B during one season of their choice (Archery, Muzzleloader or Firearms).
  • Those who may hunt without a license (Hunting Licenses) and those who possess an Apprentice Hunting License (Hunting Licenses) do not need to purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp to take a bonus antlered white-tailed deer.
  • The use of a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp to take one additional antlered white-tailed deer increases the total bag limit for the hunting license year (Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms seasons) to 3.
  • A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp that is not used during one season may be used in a subsequent season (Archery, Muzzleloader or Firearms) during that license year.
  • Only one bonus antlered white-tailed deer may be taken for each hunting license year.
  • The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may not be used during the Oct. 18–Oct. 20, 2018 portion of the Muzzleloader Season.
  • Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps may not be used to take sika deer.

Resident Bonus Antlered
Deer Stamp$10

Nonresident Bonus Antlered
Deer Stamp$25

(See Purchasing Your Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits)

Antlered White-tailed Archery Season 2018-2019

  • Statewide Season Dates: Sept. 7–Oct. 17, Oct. 21–Nov. 23, Dec. 10–Dec. 14, Dec. 30–Jan. 3, Jan. 7–Jan. 31
  • Archery Season is also open Jan. 4–Jan. 6 in Region A.

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Archery Season bag limit for antlered white-tailed deer is 1.
  • The combined total antlered white-tailed bag limit for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons is 2.

Antlered White-tailed Muzzleloader Season 2018

  • Oct. 18–Oct. 20, Dec. 15–Dec. 29

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Muzzleloader Season bag limit for antlered white-tailed deer is 1.
  • The combined total antlered white-tailed bag limit for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons is 2.
  • Only one (1) deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken in Region A during the October 18–20, 2018 Muzzleloader Season.
  • The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may not be used during the Oct. 18–20, 2018 Muzzleloader Season.

Antlered White-tailed Firearms Season 2018-2019

  • Nov. 24–Dec. 8
  • Firearms Season is also open Jan. 4–Jan. 6 in Region B.

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Firearms Season bag limit for antlered white-tailed deer is 1.
  • The combined total antlered white-tailed bag limit for Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons is 2.

Antlerless White-tailed Deer Seasons and Bag Limits, Region A

(See map for regions)

The combined total antlerless white-tailed bag limit for Region A’s Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons is 2.

  • Daily deer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
  • An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.
  • Region A Department of Natural Resources Public Lands open to antlerless white-tailed deer hunting are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only), Garrett State Forest, Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac State Forest, Prather’s Neck WMA, Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only), Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA, Woodmont, Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA and Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River.

Antlerless White-tailed Archery Season 2018-2019, Region A

  • Sept. 7–Oct. 17, Oct. 21–Nov. 23, Dec. 10–Dec. 14, Dec. 30 – Jan. 31

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Region A Archery Season antlerless white-tailed bag limit is 1.

Antlerless White-tailed Muzzleloader Season 2018, Region A

  • Department Of Natural Resources Public Lands: Oct. 18–Oct. 20 and Dec. 29
  • All Other Lands: Oct. 18–Oct. 20 and Dec. 27–Dec. 29
  • The Region A Muzzzleloader Season antlerless white-tailed bag limit is 1.
  • In Region A, only 1 deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken on either public or private lands during the Muzzleloader season.

Antlerless White-tailed Firearms Season 2018, Region A

  • Department of Natural Resources Public Lands: Dec. 8
  • All Other Lands: Dec. 7–Dec. 8
  • The Region A Firearms Season antlerless white-tailed bag limit is one (1).

The combined total antlerless white-tailed bag limit for Region A’s Archery, Muzzleloader and Firearms Seasons is 2.

Antlerless White-tailed Deer Seasons and Bag Limits, Region B

(See map for regions)

  • Daily deer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with the exception of certain Sundays in certain counties (see Sunday Hunting, Sunday Deer Hunting).
  • An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Antlerless White-tailed Archery Season 2018-2019, Region B

  • Sept. 7–Oct. 17, Oct. 21–Nov. 23, Dec. 10 –Dec. 14, Dec. 30–Jan. 3, Jan. 7–Jan. 31

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Region B Archery Season antlerless white-tailed bag limit is 15.

Antlerless White-tailed Muzzleloader Season 2018, Region B

  • Oct. 18–Oct. 27, Dec. 15–Dec. 29

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Region B Muzzleloader Season antlerless white-tailed deer bag limit is ten (10).

Antlerless White-tailed Firearms Season 2018-2019, Region B

  • Nov. 24–Dec. 8, Jan. 4–Jan. 6

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The Region B Firearms Season antlerless white-tailed deer bag limit is ten (10).

Sika Deer Seasons and Bag Limits

  • Daily deer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with the exception of certain Sundays in certain counties (see Sunday Deer Hunting).
  • Sika deer bag limits are independent of the white-tailed deer bag limits.
  • An antlered sika deer is a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline.
  • Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps may not be used to take sika deer.

Sika Archery Season 2018-2019

  • Sept. 7–Oct. 17, Oct. 21–Nov. 23, Dec. 10–Dec. 14, Dec. 30–Jan. 3, Jan. 7–Jan. 31

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The sika deer Archery Season bag limit is 3 deer, no more than 1 antlered.

Sika Muzzleloader Season 2018

  • Antlered or Antlerless: Oct. 18–Oct. 20 and Dec. 15–Dec. 29
  • Antlerless Only: Oct. 22–Oct. 27

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The sika deer Muzzleloader Season bag limit is three 3, no more than 1 antlered.

Sika Firearms Season 2018-2019

  • Nov. 24–Dec. 8, Jan.4–Jan. 6

(Dates include Sundays in certain counties, see Sunday Deer Hunting)

  • The sika deer Firearms Season bag limit is 3, no more than 1 antlered.

Archery Hunting at Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs

Special rules and regulations for deer hunting are in effect on the Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs. By accepting the permit, the permittee agrees to having read and accepted these rules and regulations governing the Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs established by the City of Baltimore, Director of Public Works.

  • Parking or driving motor vehicles of any description except on hard surfaced roads is prohibited.
  • No fires are permitted on the watershed areas at any time.
  • Hunting is permitted only from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
  • No hunting within 50 feet of high water shoreline.
  • No hunting is allowed south of Liberty Road (MD Rt. 26) on Liberty Reservoir in Baltimore County.
  • Hunters must adhere to all regulations established by the Baltimore City Bureau of Water and Wastewater.
  • Hunters are warned against the disposal of refuse and trash on the watershed area, and violators will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
  • Although not recommended by Baltimore City Department of Public Works, the use of patented portable tree stands is permitted.
  • Portable tree stands must be removed at the end of each day.
  • Masks or other face gear shall be removed upon leaving the woods and when approaching within 100 yards of another person.
  • Permits are valid for the entire season for the taking of game, except waterfowl, WITH ARCHERY EQUIPMENT ONLY at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir, the permit is valid for deer hunting only with archery equipment in designated areas.
  • It is illegal to bait for deer.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir hunting is prohibited on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail/NCR Trail.
  • Baltimore City Department of Public Works regulations allow for use of crossbows on Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs during the entire deer bow season established by the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Deer archery hunters hunting during the Junior Deer Hunting Days, Deer Firearms and Deer Muzzleloader Seasons are required to wear daylight fluorescent color clothing.
  • Archery Hunting Permits for Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs are available online at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Reservoir-Permit.pdf.
  • For reservoir hunting questions call 410-356-9272.