Managed deer Hunting programs
Managed deer hunts will be conducted during the 2015–2016 hunting season as listed below. Lottery applications for these hunts are available on Hunt Applications & Permits.
Managed Deer Hunts In North/Central Maryland
A Shooter Qualification Card (see below) and a Managed Hunt Permit (see 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.
Managed Deer Hunt In Southern Maryland
A Shooter Qualification Card (see below) and Hunter Safety verification are required to participate in this hunt. 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.
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 1, 2015 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 13, 2015 (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: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/pdfs/shoot_qual_cal.pdf
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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