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Managed Deer Hunting

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Managed Deer Hunting

Managed Deer Hunting Programs

Managed deer hunts will be conducted during the 2013–2014 hunting season as listed below.

Managed Deer Hunts In North/Central Maryland

A Shooter Qualification Card (see below) and a Managed Hunt Permit (Licenses, Stamps & Permits) are required to participate in the following hunts. Hunters will be chosen by lottery. Only one application per hunter. Group applications of up to three hunters will be accepted and must be stapled together.

Shotguns with slugs are the only firearms allowed for these hunts. The use of scopes is encouraged. Deer taken will not count toward the hunter’s regular deer firearms season bag limit.

Hunters participating in the Fair Hill, Gunpowder Falls, Patapsco Valley State Park/Soldiers Delight, and Seneca Creek hunts will be allowed to harvest four antlerless deer and approximately 1 out of 10 hunters will be chosen by drawing on the morning of the hunt to harvest an antlered deer in lieu of one of the four antlerless deer.

Hunters participating in the Fort Frederick State Park hunt will be allowed to harvest two antlerless deer.

  • Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area: (Cecil) Limit of 180 hunters. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am or 410-398-1246.
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park—Sweet Air Area: (Baltimore and Harford) Limit of 65 hunters. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am or 410-592-2897.
  • Fort Frederick State Park: (Washington) Limit of 30 hunters. 301-842-2155
  • Patapsco Valley State Park/Soldiers Delight NEA: (Baltimore) Limit of 140 hunters. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am or 410-461-5005.
  • Seneca Creek State Park: (Montgomery) Limit of 70 hunters: 45 hunters on Jan. 16, 2014 and 25 hunters on Jan. 17, 2014. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am–11:30am or 301-924-2127.

Managed Deer Hunts In Southern Maryland

A Shooter Qualification Card (see below) and Hunter Safety verification are required to participate in these hunts. Hunters will be chosen by lottery. Only one application per hunter. Group applications of up to three hunters will be accepted and must be stapled together. All applications must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped, legal sized envelope. Shotguns with slugs are the only firearms allowed for these hunts. The use of scopes is encouraged.

  • Blossom Point Army Research Lab Junior Hunt: (Charles County) November 2, 2013, Jr. Hunters Only. 301-743-5161 between 8:00am–12:00pm.
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: (Anne Arundel County) Mandatory Scout Date – November 25, 2013 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Use of a portable tree stand is required. Accommodations will be made for hunters with a Hunt From A Vehicle Permit.

Shooter Qualification Card Program

The DNR facilitates the Shooter Qualification Program. Through this program local sportsman’s clubs, shooting clubs, and other groups avail their facilities and expertise to certify hunters. Those hunters, who meet certain shooting qualification standards, become certified and receive a Maryland State Shooter Qualification Card valid for the current year. This card serves as “proof of proficiency” and enables a qualified hunter to be eligible for many of the managed deer hunts held across Maryland.

The Fort Frederick State Park Qualification event will be held November 3, 2013 beginning at 10am at the Fort Frederick Range in Washington County (all hunters must arrive by 10:00am).

The Qualification event held at the Notchcliff Army National Guard Range in Baltimore County for the Fair Hill, Gunpowder Falls, and Soldiers Delight Hunting Programs will be held on December 8, 2013 (all hunters must arrive by 10:00am)

Other Shooter Qualification events are held at different times and locations throughout the year. Many of the organizations that host these events charge a fee. The DNR will issue a press release in the summer announcing the dates for the various qualifications. The DNR website will list the website addresses of participating sportsmen’s clubs and other locations where Shooter Qualifications will be held. The DNR website address for this information is: dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/shootqual.asp

Hunters interested in participating in managed hunts should contact the organization holding the hunt to learn more about their program and any additional requirements.

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