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Free Permits & Web-Based License System

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Free Central Region Public Hunting Permit

Available for most 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 Please call the Gwynnbrook Office at 410-356-9272 between 7:30–11:30am 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 through the DNR website. For information on the areas covered by this permit and to apply online, go to For questions regarding specific areas and other methods to apply, please call the Myrtle Grove office at 301-743-5161.

Web-Based License System

DNR’s web-based COMPASS licensing system provides the fastest and greenest way to purchase your hunting license. In addition to our 7 DNR Service Centers and more than 250 sport license agents, this web-based system is available 24/7 for self-service online purchases and 7 AM to 7 PM via our live operator call center
(a unique email address is required). All convenience fees have been eliminated. Licenses are available for instant printing and an electronic copy is emailed 30 minutes after purchase.

Connect to COMPASS through or by phone 1-855-855-3906. On your first visit, you will enter and/or verify your personal information. You can then print your free DNRid Card.

Your DNRid number is all that will be needed to locate your account for future purchases.

Hunters can print additional Big Game Harvest Records and check your harvest, both free, through COMPASS online.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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