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Licenses, Stamps & Permits

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Hunting licenses are valid from issuance to July 31, 2015, except the Nonresident 3-Day Waterfowl and Small Game License.

Hunter Education and Safety Requirement

To hunt or purchase a hunting license in Maryland, State law requires:

  • Presentation of a Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunting Safety (required for junior licenses), or
  • Certification that you held a hunting license issued prior to July 1, 1977, or
  • Certification that you hunted on private property prior to July 1, 1977, and were legally exempt from purchasing a hunting license, or
  • Certification that you are purchasing a nonresident license and will only hunt waterfowl.

Exception: Compliance with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement does not apply to those shooting under a Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License. See Licenses, Stamps, and Permits (Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License) and Migratory Game Birds> (Regulated Shooting Area Requirements).

See more info: Maryland Hunter Education.

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 (bring or FAX form provided by course instructor to any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center, see Addresses & Phone Numbers).

Full Season Hunting License

Allows you to hunt all legal game birds and mammals in season without the need for additional stamps, except: (1) deer during Archery Season; (2) deer during Muzzleloader Season; (3) migratory game birds; (4) furbearers, and (5) black bears. A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may also be used with these licenses.

Resident Regular Hunting License $24.50

(Age 16 to 64)

Resident Junior Hunting License $10.50

(Under 16 years of age, written permission of parent or guardian required)

Resident Senior Hunting License $5.00

(Age 65 and above, may be purchased in the calendar year in which a resident attains the age of 65)

Holders of Senior Lifetime Consolidated Licenses

This license has been eliminated, but persons who already hold this license are “grandfathered” and do not need to purchase the Senior Hunting License, Archery, or Muzzleloader Stamps. However, they must buy a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp (to hunt a bonus antlered deer), a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (to hunt migratory game birds), a DNR Managed Hunt Permit (where required), and a Furbearer Permit (to hunt or chase furbearers). A Big Game Harvest Record may be obtained at no charge from any DNR Sport License Agent location, in person or by mail from any DNR Service Center, or you can print your own at dnr.maryland.gov/service.

Nonresident Hunting License $130.00

(Age 16 and above)

Nonresident Junior Hunting License $65.00

(Under 16 years of age, written permission of parent or guardian required)

Short Term License

Nonresident 3-Day
Waterfowl and Small Game License
$45.00

Allows nonresidents of Maryland to hunt all legal game except deer, bear, and turkey for 3 consecutive legal hunting days. A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is required to hunt migratory game birds and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is required to hunt waterfowl and coots. A Furbearer Permit is required to hunt, chase, or trap furbearers. The Hunter Education and Safety Requirement does not apply to hunting only waterfowl with this license.

Stamps

Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp $9.00

This stamp is required for all persons who hunt migratory game birds (coots, doves, rails, snipe, waterfowl, and woodcock), including persons not required to have a hunting license and holders of senior hunting licenses. Hunters must possess the printed receipt showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp while hunting migratory game birds. Hunters are not required to sign and attach the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp to their license. The Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit (see Migratory Game Birds) is issued in conjunction with the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

  • At U.S. Post Offices and at http://duckstamp.com $15.00
  • From DNR sport license agents, DNR online licensing, by phone (1-855-855-3906), and DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers $17.00

This stamp (the federal duck stamp) is required for all waterfowl hunters, including those who are not required to purchase a hunting license. Hunters under the age of 16 are exempt. The federal duck stamp must be signed in ink to be valid. If you order your stamp online, http://duckstamp.com, you will receive a purchase code. If you purchase your stamp from a sport license agent, DNR online licensing, or a DNR Licensing and Registration Center, you will receive a printed receipt. Both the purchase code and the printed receipt will be accepted as evidence of the purchase for 45 days and must be possessed while hunting waterfowl and coots. The paper stamp will be mailed to the purchaser. The proof of purchase will expire after 45 days after which purchaser must then possess the stamp, signed in ink, while hunting waterfowl and coots.

Missing Federal Duck Stamp: If you do not receive your federal duck stamp within 2-3 weeks after purchase via DNR online or by phone, please email tammy@amplex.com or call 1-800-852-4897.

Archery Stamp*

Required to hunt deer during Archery Season with valid hunting license. This includes crossbows.

  • Resident Archery Stamp $6.00
  • Nonresident Archery Stamp $25.00

Muzzleloader Stamp*

Required to hunt deer during Muzzleloader Season with valid hunting license. This includes archery hunters that hunt with vertical bows and crossbows during the Muzzleloader Season.

  • Resident Muzzleloader Stamp $6.00
  • Nonresident Muzzleloader Stamp $25.00

Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp*

One bonus antlered deer may be taken during one weapon season in REGION B ONLY. A hunter must first purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and take two antlerless deer during any combination of the weapon seasons in Region B before taking a bonus antlered deer.

  • Resident Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp $10.00
  • Nonresident Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp $25.00

*Hunters entitled to hunt without a license do not need to purchase Archery, Muzzleloader, or Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps. Hunters with a Senior Lifetime Consolidated License do not need to purchase Archery or Muzzleloader Stamps but must purchase Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps to take bonus antlered deer.

Permits and Other Licenses

Furbearer Permit

With certain exceptions (see below), a person must obtain or be authorized by a Furbearer Permit to hunt, chase, or trap any furbearer (beaver, coyote, fisher, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, river otter, and skunk), including persons participating in the unarmed chasing of fox and raccoons. It is also required for persons not required to have a hunting license (e.g., landowners hunting on their own property) and holders of any senior hunting license.

There are two types of Furbearer Permits, Individual and Group. Any person desiring to participate in these activities can obtain the Individual Furbearer Permit. The representative of an association or group established for the purpose of chasing or hunting furbearers may obtain the Group Furbearer Permit. A member or guest of the association or group who participates in furbearer chasing or hunting with the association or group is not required to have an Individual Furbearer Permit. A Group Furbearer Permit holder must submit a report to the DNR by September 1 following the end of each permit year.

  • Individual Furbearer Permit $5.00
  • Group Furbearer Permit $10.00

Managed Hunt Permit $35.00

The annual Managed Hunt Permit (MHP) is required to hunt DNR properties that charge for managed hunts and covers all such hunts on DNR lands. See Public Hunting Lands and Managed Deer Hunting Programs on Public Lands. The MHP is not required to take part in lotteries or drawings but only to participate in the managed hunts. Hunters must contact the properties they wish to hunt for site-specific rules and regulations. Persons exempt from the MHP requirement are those legally hunting with a Junior Hunting License (see above) or any person serving in the United States Armed Forces that is exempt from needing a Maryland hunting license (see above).

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

Allows you to shoot captive-raised game birds on a state-licensed Regulated Shooting Area. This license cannot be used to hunt wild or free-flying captive-raised waterfowl on a Regulated Shooting Area (Migratory Game Birds, Regulated Shooting Area Requirements). This license is not required if you have a valid resident or nonresident hunting license. Hunters do not need to meet the Hunter Education and Safety Requirements in order to shoot captive-raised game birds (except free-flying captive-raised waterfowl) on a Regulated Shooting Area. See above.

Stationary Blind and Blind Site License $20.00

For current laws and regulations concerning offshore duck blind laws, visit the DNR website at http://.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/licenses/offshore.asp.

Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit…$5.00

Waterfowl hunters participating in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season must possess the printed receipt showing proof of the purchase of this permit. The permit can be obtained from any DNR sport license agent, online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service, or by phone (1-855-855-3906). For more information on the Light Goose Conservation Order Season see Migratory Game Birds, see Migratory Game Birds. 

Access for All

Hunters with mobility impairments may obtain a Universal Disability Pass that will allow them to hunt from a vehicle in designated areas. Applications are available from DNR’s website (see address below). A physician must certify your permit application. See the Public Hunting Lands  or visit the DNR website at http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/accessforall/accesshunt.aspfor public hunting areas that can assist hunters with mobility impairments.

Purchasing Your Maryland Hunting Licenses, Stamps, or Permits

Licenses and stamps are available by telephone, online, by mail, or in person at any DNR sport license agent or DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center. A DNRid number is required to obtain licenses, stamps, and permits. A DNRid Card and number are available online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service. If you provided an email address, a copy of your license will be emailed to you 30 minutes after purchase. Call any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center  for the location of an agent near you or visit Licenses at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service. The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp) is available from DNR sport license agents, DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers, U. S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, by calling 1-800-STAMP24 (782-6724), or online at http://duckstamp.com and http://dnr.maryland.gov/service.

Apply For a Hunting License By Telephone

You may obtain a hunting license, 7am to 7pm, seven days a week by calling 1-855-855-3906, toll free. Payment can be made by electronic check, Visa, Master Card, or Discover. Your license will be emailed to you. You must have an email address to use this service.

Apply For a Hunting License Online

You may obtain a hunting license, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting Licenses at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service. 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.

Apply For a Hunting License By Mail

You may obtain a Hunting License Application by calling or visiting a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center or from the DNR website: Licenses at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/service. Complete all applicable sections and mail it with the appropriate fee to any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center. Applicants for nonresident licenses are required to submit a copy of their driver’s license, voter registration card or home state hunting/trapping license.

Hunting License Reprints

Lost or damaged hunting licenses can be reprinted at a cost of $2. Call any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center for an application, or visit Licenses at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service.

Who May Hunt Without a License

It is unlawful to hunt without a valid hunting license in your possession unless you are exempt from this requirement as described in this section. You are not required to possess a hunting license or stamps (except the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit) if you are:

  • A resident of Maryland (and their spouse) who owns property and who hunts only on that property. This also applies to: (1) the landowner’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16; and (2) the landowner’s children and grandchildren, and the spouse of the children or grandchildren, regardless of age, if the child, grandchild, or their spouse, lives on the property, has worked on the property for at least 30 days during the preceding 12 months, or manages the property. Each person must individually qualify under these criteria. To qualify for this exemption, a landowner does not need to live on the property but must be able to prove ownership.
  • A person (and spouse) who: (1) holds land under lease for agricultural purposes (or a sharecropper); and (2) lives on this farmland; and (3) hunts only on this farmland. This also applies to: (1) the lessee’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16; and (2) the lessee’s children and grandchildren, and their spouses, if the child, grandchild, or spouse of the child or grandchild, lives on the property, has worked on the property for at least 30 days during the preceding 12 months, or manages the property.
  • A nonresident (and spouse) who owns a contiguous piece of farmland that is in both Virginia and Maryland may hunt on the Maryland portion of the property without a Maryland hunting license, if the person’s primary residence is on the Virginia portion of the property. This also applies to the owner’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16.
  • A Maryland resident serving in the United States Armed Forces while on official leave in Maryland (whether stationed in Maryland or outside Maryland). You must possess a copy of official leave orders while hunting. See Hunters in the Armed Forces in the following text.
  • A person serving in the United States Armed Forces who has a service–connected disability and possesses a valid military identification while hunting.

Notes:

Hunters not required to have a license must obtain a free DNRid number and a free Maryland Big Game Harvest Record if they intend to hunt deer or turkeys. These items may be obtained from a DNR Sport License agent or online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service.

  • Nonresidents of Maryland who own property in the State and hunt on that property are required to purchase a Nonresident Hunting License.
  • Individuals who are exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements are subject to all State and federal laws and regulations relative to hunting and trapping.
  • The Hunter Education and Safety Requirement applies to all individuals hunting in Maryland, even if they are exempt from the requirement to purchase a hunting license (see above).

WHO MAY HUNT and TRAP FURBEARERS WITHOUT A FURBEARER PERMIT

A Furbearer Permit is not required to hunt or trap a fur-bearing mammal if:

  • A person possesses a valid Wildlife Control Cooperator Permit and is engaging in the control of fur-bearing mammals in accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit.
  • A landowner possesses a Landowner Wildlife Damage Control Permit.
  • A Furbearer Permit is also not required for:
    • A landowner to destroy a muskrat that is damaging an embankment or impoundment.
    • A landowner to hunt or trap a coyote, fox or skunk that is damaging or destroying the personal or real property of the landowner on their land.
    • The owner of a marsh or the owner’s employees to hunt any raccoon which destroys a muskrat or its home in a marsh area of the state.
    • A landowner or the landowner’s agent to set or use traps or similar devices at any time to trap raccoons or opossums which are damaging property.

Hunters in the Armed Forces

Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces and stationed in Maryland must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting, unless they are on official leave and possess a copy of their official leave orders. Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces, while hunting during official leave in Maryland, do not need to purchase a hunting license, deer stamps, or DNR Managed Hunt Permit. However, they must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit. You must possess a copy of your official leave orders while hunting and comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement (see above).

Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces whose duty station is in Maryland must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting. 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.

Complimentary POW-DAV 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 required). The lifetime license is available only at DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers and includes the Archery Stamp, Muzzleloader Stamp, and Furbearer Permit. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the Complimentary License. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and the Big Game Harvest Record are required each year and can be obtained from a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center, a DNR sport license agent, or online at http://dnr.maryland.gov/service.

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