Department of Natural Resources

Hunting Regulations Icon Maryland Hunting

Larry Hogan, Governor

Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor

Mark Belton, Secretary

Joanne Throwe, Deputy Secretary

Paul A. Peditto, Director of the
Wildlife and Heritage Service

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission
The Wildlife Advisory
Commission was created by legislation to advise the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources on wildlife matters.
All members are appointed by the governor. Contact the Wildlife Advisory Commission by writing to:
Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401
or email wac.dnr@maryland.gov


Luen N. Compton, Jr., Chairman
Tina R. Gregor, Vice-Chair
Stephanie L. Boyles Griffin
Erik T. Gulbrandsen
Dr. Joseph T. Griffin
Joseph S. Michael
Joe Schroyer
Rand D. Weinberg
Steven W. Keithley

Maryland Department of
Natural Resources
Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 2140
410-260-8540, FAX 410-260-8596

Printed on Recycled Paper; July 2018

Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration

The Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland is a publication of the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Ads promoting political advocacy or ads regarding alcohol, tobacco and/or ads of a sexual nature will not be accepted. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service is not responsible for any advertising claims contained herein. The department disclaims any liability regarding product pricing, claims, descriptions, availability or condition. No warranty is expressed or implied concerning product errors, omissions or misprints.

This publication is intended as a guide only. For state laws and regulations, see the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 08 at the following web sites:

  • Laws: lawlib.state.md.us
  • Regulations: dsd.state.md.us/comar

The facilities of the Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days advance notice is requested. This document is available in alternative format upon request from a qualified individual with a disability.

This program receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex in educational programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or service, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Office of Fair Practices,, Tawes Building D-4, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD, 21401. The telephone number is 410-260-8058. You may also write to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Policy and Programs, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

Natural Resources Police Career Opportunities

If you have what it takes and the desire to serve, we’re interested in talking to you.

To begin your career as a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer, please contact Corporal Raymond Griggs at 443-221-8521, or raymond.griggs1@ maryland.gov, or visit the Maryland Natural Resources Police Recruitment Facebook page.


Potomac River Boating Regulations

A person aboard a vessel, raft, or tube shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device at all times while underway on the Upper Potomac River (that portion of the Potomac River and its tributaries above the Maryland/District of Columbia boundary near Little Falls) and its tributaries, during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. each November 15, and ending at 12 midnight each succeeding May 15. At all other times a vessel, raft, or tube shall be equipped with a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device for each person aboard while underway on the Upper Potomac River and its tributaries.

An individual using a vessel, raft, or tube upon any white water portion of any designated stream segment shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type III or V personal flotation device at all times; see COMAR for a complete listing. Furthermore, an individual using a kayak or covered canoe vessel on a white water portion of a designated stream segment shall wear a safety helmet.

Additionally, no person may use a recreational vessel 16 feet or more in length unless one Type IV throwable personal flotation device is onboard in addition to the total number of wearable personal flotation devices required.


Maryland Archery Hunter Survey Cooperators Needed

We need your help!

Archery hunters are among the most active outdoor enthusiasts in Maryland. The time you spend afield and the experiences you enjoy are of great value to us. The hunting observations you make, day after day and year after year, can be used as a powerful tool to effectively track fluctuations in many different wildlife populations (e.g. deer, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers). Therefore, we are asking you to take the time to become a cooperator and document information about each of your archery hunts. The data you provide will be added to the data already collected by over 300 other archery hunter cooperators and will make the results even stronger.

If you are interested in becoming an Archery Hunter Survey Cooperator, you can download a copy of the survey at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/bhsurvey.aspx or contact Brent Evans at 443-786-3656 or brent.evans@maryland.gov. Cooperators will receive an annual survey form to complete during the deer archery season and an annual report of the results after they are compiled. We appreciate your interest and cooperation.


Free Central Region Public Hunting Permit

Required for certain public hunting areas in Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery counties and Kent County for Millington WMA (Canada goose and spring turkey hunting). To obtain the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit apply online at dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/wmacentral.aspx. Please call the Gwynnbrook Office at 410-356-9272 between 7:30-11:30 a.m. with questions or for instructions on how to apply by mail or in person.


Free Southern Region Public Hunting Permit

Available for most public hunting areas in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. You can now apply for the Southern Region Hunting Permit online. For information, go to dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/wmasouthern.aspx. For questions regarding specific areas and other methods to apply, please call the Myrtle Grove office at 301-743-5161 between 8 a.m.- noon.