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Furbearer Seasons & Limits

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Furbearer Seasons, Bag Limits, Locations and Resident Requirements, 2020–2021

Sunday Hunting- The following species may be hunted on all Sundays during the open season on private and designated public lands in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties: coyotes, fishers, foxes, opossums, raccoons and skunks.

Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, C&D Canal Lands, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Earlville WMA, Garrett State Forest (SF), Green Ridge SF, Grove Farm WMA, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Old Bohemia WMA, Potomac SF, Prather’s Neck WMA, Saint Inigoes SF, Salem SF, Savage River SF, Sideling Hill WMA and Warrior Mountain WMA.

*Trappers are required to submit the whole, skinned carcass of any river otter taken in Allegany or Garrett counties. (call 301-334-4255, Mt. Nebo WMA).

Species

Open Season

Location

Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Beaver – Trapping Only

Dec. 15–March 15

All counties except Allegany and Garrett

No limit

No limit

Dec. 1–Mar. 15

Allegany and Garrett counties

No limit

No limit

Bobcat

Closed Season

Coyote

FIREARMS, ARCHERY and AIRGUN HUNTING

Coyotes may be hunted year-round in all counties, day and night

No limit

No limit

Coyote and Long-tailed WeaseL

Trapping

Nov. 14–Feb. 15

in that portion of the state east of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River

No limit

No limit

Oct. 31–Feb. 1

in that portion of the state west of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River

No limit

No limit

Fisher

Oct. 31–Feb. 1

All counties

2 per day

2 per season

Fox (Red and Gray)

TRAPPING, FIREARMS, ARCHERY and AIRGUN HUNTING

Aug. 1–July 31

Charles and Dorchester counties

No limit

No limit

Nov. 14–Feb. 15

Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties

No limit

No limit

Oct. 31–Feb. 1

Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Washington counties

No limit

No limit

Muskrat and Mink

Trapping Only

Nov. 16–Feb. 15

Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington counties

No limit

No limit

Jan. 1–March 15

Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot and Wicomico counties

No limit

No limit

Dec. 15–March 15

Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset and Worcester counties

No limit

No limit

Nutria

Aug. 1–July 31

All counties

No limit

No limit

River Otter – Trapping Only

Dec. 15–March 15

All counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery and Washington

10 per day

10 per season

Dec. 15–March 15

Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties

2 per day

2 per season

Dec. 1–March 15

Allegany and Garrett counties

1 per day*

1 per season*

Raccoon and Opossum

Chasing – No Kill

Aug. 1–Oct. 14

March 16–July 31

All counties

Raccoon and Opossum

FIREARMS, ARCHERY, AIRGUN and DOG HUNTING

Oct. 15–March 15

Raccoons and opossums may be hunted in all counties, day and night

No limit

No limit

Raccoon, Skunk and Opossum

Trapping

Nov. 14–March 15

in that portion of the state east of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River

No limit

No limit

Oct. 31–March 15

in that portion of the state west of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River

Skunk – FIREARMS, ARCHERY and AIRGUN HUNTING

Oct. 31–March 15

All counties

No limit

No limit