Hunting with birds of prey is permitted one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset, Sunday through Saturday. Coots and waterfowl may not be hunted on Sunday.
To hunt with birds of prey, a hunter must have a valid hunting license and a Falconry Permit.
The Falconry Season for squirrels (red, grey and Eastern fox) is from September 1 to March 31.
The Falconry Season for ruffed grouse is October 1 to March 31.
The Falconry Season for ring-necked pheasant (either sex), bobwhite quail and cottontail rabbit is from November 1 to March 31.
Hunters using birds of prey are required to follow the daily bag limits and possession limits set for those species being taken.
Possession of birds of prey is closely regulated by federal and state law.
While hunting game birds and mammals during the open season using birds of prey, a hunter is not required to wear fluorescent orange. However, hunters are encouraged to wear fluorescent orange whenever they are afield.
A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and a Falconry Permit are required to hunt migratory game birds.
For more information, contact Permits Coordinator, DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service, Tawes State Office Building E-1, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-260-8540.
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