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Falconry Regulations

  • 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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