Maryland Full Season Hunting Licenses are valid from the day they are issued through the next July 31. A hunting license year is August 1 through the next July 31.
Be aware that a hunting license holder is required to have a printed paper copy or electronic copy of their hunting license in their possession while hunting.
Hunter Education and Safety Requirement
To hunt or purchase a hunting license in Maryland, State law requires:
Exceptions: Compliance with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement does not apply to those who are hunting only waterfowl with a Nonresident 3-day Waterfowl and Small Game License (see below) and those shooting under a Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License who are not hunting wild or free flying captive-raised mallards. (See below, Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License).
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), Safety Education Section provides the Hunter Education Course required to obtain the Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunter Safety. In addition to traditional classroom courses, an online course is available for those 13 and older that requires a mandatory one day Hunter Education Field Day Workshop.
Information about Hunter Education Courses, Boating Safety Education Courses, and Trapper Education is available from the Maryland Natural Resources Police Safety Education Section, 305 Marine Academy Drive, Suite 1, Stevensville, MD 21666, 410-643-8502, and by visiting the DNR website at dnr.maryland.gov/nrp/Pages/home.aspx.
Note: RESIDENT Junior Hunters (under 16 years of age) are entitled to a one-time FREE annual hunting license, Archery Stamp, and Muzzleloader Stamp upon successful completion of a Hunter Education Course. Please bring or fax the form provided by the course instructor to any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center (Addresses & Phone Numbers). A Maryland resident who completes a Hunter Education Course in another state may contact a DNR Service Center for the required application form.
Full Season Hunting Licenses
A Full Season Hunting License allows a person to hunt all legal game birds and mammals that are in season. There are additional stamps or permits required for hunting deer, migratory game birds, furbearers, and bear. See each game section for its requirements.
Resident Regular Hunting License$24.50
–For Maryland residents age 16 to 64.
Resident Junior Hunting License$10.50
–For Maryland residents under 16 years of age. Written permission of parent or guardian is required.
Resident Senior Hunting License$5.00
For Maryland residents age 65 and above. It may be purchased in the calendar year in which a resident attains the age 65.
Senior Lifetime Consolidated License
This license is no longer available for purchase. Persons who already hold this license are “grandfathered” and:
Nonresident Hunting License$130.00
For hunters that are not Maryland residents and are age 16 to 64.
Nonresident Junior Hunting License$32.50
For hunters that are not Maryland residents and are under 16 years of age. Written permission of parent or guardian is required.
Nonresident Senior Hunting License$65.00
For hunters that are not Maryland residents and are age 65 or older. This license may be purchased in the calendar year in which a nonresident attains the age of 65.
Other Hunting Licenses
Nonresident 3-Day Waterfowl and Small Game License$45.00
Nonresident Trapping License$25.50
This license is required for nonresidents to trap furbearers (see Furbearers) in Maryland in addition to a Nonresident Hunting License and an Individual Furbearer Permit.
Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License$6.00
This license allows a person to shoot captive-raised game birds on a state-licensed Regulated Shooting Area only.
Stationary Blind and Blind Site License$20.00
A Stationary Blind and Blind Site License allows a person to have an offshore waterfowl blind or blind site in Maryland public waters. For Maryland Offshore Waterfowl Hunting information see: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/offshore_intro.aspx.
Complimentary DAV-POW Hunting Licenses
A Complimentary Lifetime Hunting License is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a 100% service-connected disabled American veteran (Veterans Administration documentation is required).
Members of the Armed Forces Hunting In Maryland
Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces stationed in Maryland:
Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces who is on leave in Maryland, but not stationed in Maryland, must purchase a Nonresident Hunting License before hunting.
Who May Hunt Without a Hunting License in Maryland
All Maryland hunters must comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement (see above).
You are not required to possess a Maryland hunting license if you are:
Be aware that hunters not required to have a license:
Nonresidents of Maryland who own property in the state and hunt on that property are required to purchase a Nonresident Hunting License and all other appropriate stamps and permits.
Individuals who are exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements are subject to all state and federal laws and regulations relative to hunting and trapping.
Universal Disability Pass
Hunters with mobility impairments may obtain a free Universal Disability Pass that will allow them to hunt from a vehicle in designated areas. Applications are available from DNR’s website http://dnr.maryland.gov/download/vehiclept.pdf. A licensed health care professional must certify the permit application. For Public Hunting Lands that have provisions for the mobility impaired. (See Public Hunting Lands.) Please contact each area for their specific conditions.
Purchasing Your Maryland Hunting Licenses, Stamps, and Permits
A DNRid number is required to obtain hunting and trapping licenses, stamps, and permits.
A DNRid Card and number, hunting licenses, stamps, permits, and Big Game Harvest Records are available through:
You may obtain a hunting license 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the COMPASS portal at compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal. If you provide an email address, a copy of your license will be emailed to you 30 minutes after purchase. The printed license immediately authorizes your participation in all purchased activities, including deer and turkey hunting. Supporting documents for some privileges will be mailed. Payment can be made by electronic check, Visa, Master Card or Discover.
You may obtain a Hunting License Application by calling or visiting a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center or from the DNR website: dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx. Complete all applicable sections and mail it with the appropriate fee to any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center (See Addresses & Phone Numbers). Applicants for nonresident licenses are required to submit a copy of their driver’s license, voter registration card or home state hunting/trapping license.
Lost or damaged hunting licenses can be reprinted for free. Call any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center for an application or visit Licenses at dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx.
Hunting and Fishing Day
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be sponsoring the ninth annual Maryland’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The event will be held at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore. The Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore is located at 11518 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville, Maryland.
Open to the public, this FREE EVENT will run from 10a.m. to 4p.m..
This family-oriented day offers fun and educational hands-on activities that everyone will enjoy. It is a great way to introduce young people and newcomers to outdoor sports, while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Maryland’s wildlife conservation programs. A few of the fun and challenging hands-on activities participants can try include spin casting, archery, and target shooting on the grounds with skilled instructors. There will be displays of hunting and fishing equipment and demonstrations of outdoor skills. Kids will enjoy the clay pigeon and archery shooting range, wood duck box making, fly tying and spin casting, dog demonstrations, and much more!
For more information, visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/NHFD.aspx or contact Chris Markin at 410-260-8584 or email@example.com.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.