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Public Hunting Lands

Public hunting lands consist of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), State Parks (which include Natural Environment Areas- NEAs and Natural Resources Management Areas- NRMAs), State Forests including Chesapeake Forest Lands (CFLs), Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas (CWMAs), Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (MNCPPC) managed lands, and other federal, state, county, and municipal properties that allow hunting. The following list contains information about those public hunting lands managed by DNR.

  • Hunting and trapping is permitted in accordance with state and federal laws and the restrictions for each area. Only temporary stands and blinds may be used and must be removed at the end of each day.
  • Target shooting is permitted only at designated shooting ranges.
  • The use of hunting dogs is permitted.
  • Possession or use of hunting devices is prohibited in State Forests and State Parks outside of regular open hunting seasons.
  • On Chesapeake Forest Lands an individual may not hunt within 150 yards of an occupied building or camp and within 150 feet of any exterior Chesapeake Forest Lands boundary. See dnr2.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/chesapeakeforestlands.aspx for maps, conditions, regulations, and information on CFLs.
  • Maps of WMAs, State Forests, CFLs, and State Parks are available on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. See dnr.maryland.gov for maps, conditions, regulations, and information on WMAs, State Forests, CFLs, and State Parks A consolidated listing of areas for hunters with mobility impairments can be found here.
  • Hunters should contact the appropriate managing authority for information on public hunting opportunities not listed here, such as National Wildlife Refuges, military installations, or other government-owned properties.

ALLEGANY

Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA:vtS

1,114 acres. 301-478-2525.

Dan’s Mountain WMA:vtS

9,672 acres. 301-478-2525.

Green Ridge State Forest:vtS

46,657 acres. Free permit required for trapping, call 301-478-2525. 301-478-3124.

Rocky Gap State Park:v

1,451 acres (general hunting), 300 acres (archery only). Special provisions to assist mobility-impaired hunters during the deer firearms season. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-722-1480.

Warrior Mountain WMA:tS

5,048 acres. 301-478-2525.

ANNE ARUNDEL

Sandy Point State Park:f

Waterfowl hunting at designated sites during the third split of the waterfowl season only. Boat access only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Crownsville CWMA:f

550 acres. Deer hunting only. Opens the Monday after Thanksgiving. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

BALTIMORE

Gunpowder Falls State Park:a

3,000 acres.

  • Hammerman, Hart-Miller Island, Days Cove and North Point Areas: Waterfowl blinds by lottery and/or by daily reservation. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m.; mf
  • Sweet Air Area: Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 27. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m. or 410-592-2897; m
  • Hereford Area: Deer archery hunting only. Reservations required Sept. – Nov. 410-329-6809; md

Gwynnbrook WMA:f

35 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m.

Liberty Watershed:f

9,200 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 63 or online at dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Loch Raven Watershed:f

1,600 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Archery hunting permit available on page 63 or online at dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Patapsco Valley
State Park:fmvd

(For Mercer property see Carroll County)

3,895 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m., Park information: 410-461-5005.

Prettyboy Watershed:f

7,380 acres. Archery hunting only for all game species. No waterfowl hunting. Archery hunting permit available on page 63 or online at dnr.maryland.gov. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Soldiers Delight NEA:mf

700 acres. Deer hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

CALVERT

Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm CWMA:f

175 acres. Deer and turkey hunting only. No Sat. hunting until Dec. 1. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Calvert Cliffs State Park:d

950 acres. 301-743-7613 or 301-888-1410.

Flag Ponds Park CWMA:f

100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Opens to hunting the Monday before the late Muzzleloader Season split. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Hall Creek NRMA:fd

275 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind. 301-743-5161.

Huntingtown Area of
King’s Landing NRMA:fvid

960 acres. Hunting within King’s Landing NRMA is allowed only in the Huntingtown Area which is north of Cocktown Creek. Hunting is not permitted in the Calvert County managed King’s Landing Park. Reservation required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161.

Parkers Creek WMAf

1,810 acres. Deer hunting only. Archery, Muzzleloader, and Firearms Seasons. Permit and reservation required. 301-743-5161 for additional information

CAROLINE

Ayton Tree Nursery:

5 acres. Dove hunting by lottery only. Limited to youth age 15 and under with unarmed licensed adult. Limited to 4 junior hunters per day. Application (see Migratory Game Bird Hunting) due by 3p.m. August 24, 2016. Drawing August 24, 2016. 410-673-2467

Bridgetown Ponds:d

100 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Restricted Season: Nov. 26, 2016 – Jan. 30, 2017. Daily sign-in required at Tuckahoe State Park. 410-820-1668.

Idylwild WMA:vt

3,578 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Merrikan Gordy Complex CFL:t

426 acres. 410-632-3732.

Messenger Branch Complex CFL:t

340 acres. 410-632-3732.

Seipp Complex CFL:t

30 acres. 410-632-3732.

Tuckahoe State Park:avdm

1,000 acres. General Hunting. Migratory goose hunting by lottery. Applications available online at: dnr.maryland.gov 410-820-1668.

CARROLL

Avondale WMA:ft

180 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Hahn CWMA:f

25 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Hanover Watershed CWMA:f

337 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Maring CWMA:f

237 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Morgan Run NEA:mf

1,300 acres. Deer archery and muzzleloader hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Patapsco Valley State Park:

See Baltimore County.

Mercer Property – 150 acres. Deer archery and muzzleloader hunting by permit only 410-356-9272 between 7:30am-11:30am

Sawmill CWMA:f

600 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Speigel CWMA:f

250 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Woodbrook CWMA:f

522 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

CECIL

C & D Canal Lands:

410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m.

  • Bethel: 400 acres. Archery hunting only for deer; ft
  • Courthouse Point: 315 acres. Archery hunting only for deer; vft
  • Elk Forest: 242 acres; ft
  • Grove Neck: Waterfowl only from two blind sites on the Sassafras River. No on site boat access available; f
  • Stemmers Run: 750 acres. Boat access restricted to waterfowl hunting only; Closed for the 2016-2017 hunting season; vft
  • Welch Point: 77 acres; vft

Earlville WMA:vft

195 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Elk Neck State Forest:v

3,695 acres. 410-287-5675.

Elk Neck State Park:fdmv

550 acres. Deer and waterfowl hunting by permit only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m.. Area Information 410-287-5333.

Fair Hill NRMA:fm

5,000 acres. Deer archery hunting and raccoon hunting. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see page 27 for application. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m., Area information: 410-398-1246.

Grove Farm WMA:ft

744 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Old Bohemia WMA:ft

975 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

CHARLES

Blossom Point CWMA:f

Waterfowl blind sites. Boat access only. Reservations required. 301-743-5161.

Cedar Point WMA:vift

1,920 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds/blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Cedarville State Forest:v

1,100 acres. 301-743-5161.

Chapel Point State Park:vd

550 acres. 301-743-7613 or 301-888-1410.

Chapman State Park
(Mt. Aventine Parcel):fv

875 acres. Deer and waterfowl only. Waterfowl by boat access only. Reservations required. 301-743-5161.

Chicamuxen WMA:ft

381 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161.

Doncaster Demonstration Forest:t

1,700 acres. 301-743-5161.

Indian Creek NRMA:d

680 acres. 301-743-5161.

Myrtle Grove WMA:savt

4,460 acres. (includes tracts formerly known as Chapman, Pomfret & Mattawoman NEA) 301-743-5161.

Nanjemoy Creek WMA:ft

224 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Nanjemoy WMA:vift

1,806 acres (general hunting), 140 acres (archery only). Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Riverside WMA:ft

394 acres. Reservation required for waterfowl blinds and blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Tayloes Neck Tract (State Forest):

300 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161; ftd

Zekiah Swamp NEA:f

Waterfowl blind sites. Boat access only. Reservations required. 301-743-5161.

DORCHESTER

Sunday hunting is allowed for the Spring Turkey Season on Dorchester County public lands.

Baumgarthner-Southam
Complex CFL:tS

210 acres. 410-632-3732.

Fishing Bay WMA:tS

30,016 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Hoernicke-Oliphant Complex CFL:tS

368 acres. 410-632-3732.

Insley Complex CFL:tS

450 acres. 410-632-3732.

LeCompte WMA:itvS

485 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. No squirrel hunting. Waterfowl hunting for the mobility-impaired with permit required. 410-376-3236.

Lewis Complex CFL:tS

1,575 acres. 410-632-3732.

Linkwood WMA:tS

313 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Marshy Hope Complex CFL:tS

3,355 acres. 410-632-3732.

Nanticoke River WMA:tS

See Wicomico County

Tar Bay WMA:

12 acres. Waterfowl (water access only). 410-376-3236

Taylors Island WMA:tS

1,114 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Primarily boat access. 410-376-3236.

FREDERICK

Cunningham Falls State Park:iv

4,400 acres. General Hunting. Limited free reservations required for limited mobility hunters (call number below). Free permit required to hunt furbearers at night. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday.301-271-7574.

Frederick City Watershed CWMA:t

7,300 acres. Free permit required to hunt furbearers at night. 301-842-2702.

Heater’s Island WMA:t

194 acres. Boat access only. 301-842-2702.

Monocacy NRMA:

1,800 acres. Hunting permitted Monday–Saturday. 301-924-2127

South Mountain State Park:

1,115 acres. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday on designated state owned property; call park for areas. Hunting prohibited on National Park Service property. 301-791-4767

GARRETT

Cunningham Swamp WMA:tS

257 acres. 301-334-4255.

Deep Creek Lake State Park:iv

1,200 acres. No firearms hunting until Oct. 15, 2016. No waterfowl hunting. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-387-5563.

Mt. Nebo WMA:vtS

1,854 acres. 301-334-4255.

Potomac-Garrett
State Forest:avtS

18,535 acres. For trapping permit call 301-334-4255. 301-334-2038.

Savage River State Forest:vtS

54,935 acres. For trapping permit call 301-334-4255. 301-895-5759.

Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA:t

900 acres. 301-334-4255.

Youghiogheny Wild River NEA:

1200 acres. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-387-5563.

HARFORD

Gunpowder Falls State Park:

See Baltimore County.

Rocks State Park:d

120 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-557-7994

Stoney Demonstration Forest:f

318 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Susquehanna State Park:fmd

880 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Waterfowl blinds by daily reservation. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m. and 11:30a.m., Park information: 410-557-7994.

HOWARD

Hugg-Thomas WMA:vft

276 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Patapsco Valley State Park:

See Baltimore County.

Patuxent River State Park:

5,000 acres. 301-924-2127

KENT

Millington WMA:ivtfd

3,921 acres. General hunting with daily sign-in.Closed season for bobwhite quail. Free Central Region Public Hunting Permit and reservation required for spring turkey hunting and waterfowl blinds during migratory Canada goose season. 410-928-3650.

Sassafras NRMA:idv

1,000 acres. General hunting with restrictions. Migratory goose and waterfowl hunting by lottery only. Restrictions and applications available online at: dnr.maryland.gov. 410-820-1668.

MONTGOMERY

Cherrington CWMA (MNCPPC):

275 acres. Deer hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m.

Islands of the Potomac WMA:t

Boat access only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.-11:30a.m.

  • Mason Island: 274 acres
  • Oxley Island: 35 acres
  • Maddox Island: 169 acres

McKee-Beshers WMA:t

1,960 acres. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

Patuxent River State Park:

See Howard County.

Seneca Creek State Park:m

1,000 acres for general hunting and 2,000 acres for deer archery hunting only.

  • Managed Deer Hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see Managed Deer Hunting Programs for application; m 301-924-2127
  • Schaeffer Farm: Deer shotgun hunting; mf 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m. and 11:30a.m.

Strider WMA:f

170 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m..

PRINCE GEORGE’S

Aquasco Farm CWMA (MNCPPC):df

150 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Bowen WMA:ft

300 acres. Waterfowl and rail hunting only. Reservations required. Boat access only. 301-743-5161.

Cedarville State Forest:

See Charles County.

Cheltenham WMA:af

15 acres. Dove and deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Gardner Road Park CWMA:f

120 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Milltown Landing NRMA:vf

250 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blinds. 301-743-5161.

National Park Service Blind Sites:f

Reservation required. Boat access only. 301-743-5161.

Nottingham NRMA:fd

329 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind sites. 301-743-5161.

Patuxent River Park/Billingsley (MNCPPC):fdv

400 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. Open Mon.-Fri., one p.m. to one half hour after sunset. 301-743-5161;

Rosaryville State Park:vf

460 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Spice Creek NRMA:fd

230 acres. Reservations required for waterfowl blind site. 301-743-5161.

QUEEN ANNE’S

Tuckahoe State Park:

See Caroline County.

Wye Island NRMA:dim

2,500 acres. Deer Archery Season hunting limited to 25 hunters per day. Deer Muzzleloader & Firearms Seasons hunting by lottery. Migratory goose hunting by lottery. Lottery applications are available dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands or 410-827-7577. Hunters are required to submit a copy of their current Maryland Hunting License with their permit application.

SOMERSET

Cedar Island WMA:t

3,081 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-543-8223

Deal Island WMA:t

13,565 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Impoundment area open to hunting during: Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days (for persons aged 16 or younger); October duck season on opening day and any Saturday; November duck season on opening day, Saturdays and Thanksgiving; December/January duck season on opening day, Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day. The impoundment will be closed to hunting on all other days. Lottery permit required for opening day of each duck season segment. Lottery application available online at dnr.maryland.gov. Application deadline is Sept. 12, 2016. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impoundment between October 1 and March 31. 410-543-8223.

E. Mace Smith Complex CFL:t

1,709 acres. 410-632-3732.

Fairmount WMA:t

5,224 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Impoundment areas open to hunting during: early teal season, Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days (for persons aged 16 and younger); October duck season on opening day and any Saturday; November duck season on opening day, Saturdays and Thanksgiving; December/January duck season on opening day, Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day. The impoundments will be closed to hunting all other days. Lottery permit required for opening day of each duck season segment. See lottery information above for Deal Island WMA. Motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, are prohibited in the impoundments between October 1 and March 31. 410-543-8223.

Marumsco Complex CFL:t

1,087 acres. 410-632-3732.

Janes Island State Park:

3,147 acres. Waterfowl hunting only. Park information: 410-968-1565

Maryland Marine Properties WMA:t

1,030 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-543-8223.

Oriole Complex CFL t

693 acres. 410-632-3732

Peters McAllen Complex CFL:t

683 acres. 410-632-3732.

Pocomoke Sound WMA:t

922 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-543-8223.

South Marsh WMA:t

2,969 acres. Furbearers trapping permits issued by bid process. Boat access only. 410-543-8223.

Wellington WMA:t

429 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-543-8223.

Wells Complex CFL:t

1,915 acres. 410-632-3732.

ST. MARY’S

Elms CWMA:df

545 acres. Reservation required. Environmental education on adjacent site. 301-743-5161.

Greenwell State Park:vd

187 acres. 301-872-5688.

Historic St. Mary’s City CWMA:f

175 acres. Deer hunting only, beginning Dec. 1st. Open Tues.- Sat. (closed Christmas). Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

Newtowne Neck State Park:f

500 acres. Permit and reservation required for all hunting except for offshore waterfowl zones. 301-743-5161.

Myrtle Point CWMA Blind Sites:f

Waterfowl hunting in the third split of the season only. Reservation required. Boat access only.301-743-5161.

Point Lookout State Park (Jacobs Tract Only):

240 acres. Deer archery hunting only. Hunters must use archery equipment during the early muzzleloader season. Waterfowl hunting at designated sites. 301-872-5688; d

St. Clement’s Island State Park:f

63 acres. Rabbit and waterfowl hunting only. Free permit required for offshore waterfowl hunting zone – Contact 301-743-5161. Accessible only by boat. Park information: 301-872-5688.

Salem Tract (State Forest):t

850 acres. 301-743-5161.

St. Inigoes State Forest:ft

600 acres. Permit and reservation required at all times. 301-743-5161.

St. Mary’s Lake:f

Waterfowl hunting at designated sites only. Boat access only (No gas motors). Reservation required. 301-743-5161.

St. Mary’s River State Parkd

2,200 acres. 301-872-5688.

TALBOT

Seth Demonstration Forest CFL

122 acres. Deer archery hunting only. 410-632-3732

WASHINGTON

Fort Frederick State Parkm

500 acres. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery, see Managed Deer Hunting Programs for application. 301-842-2155.

Greenbrier State Park

500 acres. Free permit required for night-time raccoon hunting. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-791-4767

Indian Springs WMAvtS

6,596 acres. 301-842-2702.

Prather’s Neck WMAtS

205 acres (general hunting), 10 acres (archery hunting only). 301-842-2702.

Sideling Hill WMAtS

3,100 acres. 301-842-2702.

South Mountain State Park

2,885 acres (general hunting), 170 acres (archery only). Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday on designated state owned property; call for areas. Hunting prohibited on National Park Service property.

Woodmont NRMAv

2,400 acres. Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday. 301-842-2155.

WICOMICO

Athol Complex CFLt

682 acres. 410-632-3732.

Aughty Naughty
Complex CFLitv

1,243 acres. 410-632-3732.

Ellis Bay WMAt

3,208 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Fair Meadow Complex CFLt

362 acres. 410-632-3732.

Greenhill Complex CFLt

3,192 acres. 410-632-3732.

Johnson WMAt

153 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Deer hunting with bow only. 410-543-8223.

Lathrop Complex CFL

Waterfowl hunting only along shoreline north of Stump Gut. 410-632-3732

Nanticoke River WMA

410-376-3236

Calloway Wharf (Dor.)

55 acres. Water access only; S

Lower Marshyhope Swamp (Dor.)t

415 acres. Water access only. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. S

Sharptown Dunes (Wic.)t

198 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process.

Nutter’s Neck (Wic.)t

1,587 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process.

Wetipquin WMAt

100 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-376-3236.

Wicomico Demonstration Forest CFLt

3,399 acres. 410-632-3732.

WORCESTER

Assateague State Parkvd

450 acres. Deer archery hunting only restricted to Nov. 1, 2016–Jan. 30, 2017. Self sign-in required at Pump House #1. Limit of 10 hunters per day plus 2 hunters with a Universal Disability Pass to hunt from a vehicle. 410-641-2120.

Bethards Tract CFLt

33 acres. 410-632-3732.

Buck Harbor Complex CFLi

315 acres located off Stevens Roads. The National Wild Turkey Federation provides assistance for handicap hunters who are restricted to a wheelchair on this area. For more information contact Larry Beauchamp at 443-614-3879.

Cordery Complex CFLt

595 acres. 410-632-3732.

Creek Complex CFLt

868 acres. This complex is comprised of the Creek, Chatham, and Tankard Farm tracts. 410-632-3732.

Dunn Swamp Complex CFLt

1,145 acres. 410-632-3732.

E. A. Vaughn WMAvt

2,630 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Caution squirrel hunters: Delmarva Fox Squirrel may not be hunted. 410-543-8223.

Foster Complex CFL

4,814 acres located off Route 12/Snow Hill Road. 410-632-3732

Isle of Wight WMAt

224 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. Area south of Rt. 90 closed to hunting. 410-543-8223.

Johnson & Johnson Tract CFLt

871 acres. 410-632-3732.

Pocomoke River
State Forestvtf

18,212 acres. Free permit required for trapping and raccoon hunting. Limited vehicle access.410-632-3732;

Pocomoke River WMAt

1,008 acres. Furbearer trapping permits issued by bid process. 410-543-8223.

Selby Complex CFLt

471 acres. 410-632-3732.

Shockley Complex CFL t

653 acres. 410-632-3732

Sinepuxent Islands WMA

25 acres. Boat access only. 410-543-8223

Timmons Complex CFLt

477 acres. 410-632-3732.

Whitesburg Complex CFL t

375 acres. 410-632-3732.

Archery Hunting at Liberty, Loch Raven, & Prettyboy Reservoirs

Special rules and regulations for deer hunting are in effect on the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs. By accepting the permit, the permittee agrees to having read and accepted these rules and regulations governing the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs established by the City of Baltimore, Director of Public Works.

  • Parking or driving motor vehicles of any description except on hard surfaced roads is prohibited.
  • No fires are permitted on the watershed areas at any time.
  • Hunting is permitted only from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
  • No hunting within 50 feet of high water shoreline.
  • No hunting is allowed south of Liberty Road (MD Rt. 26) on Liberty Reservoir in Baltimore County.
  • Hunters must adhere to all regulations established by the Baltimore City Bureau of Water and Wastewater.
  • Hunters are warned against the disposal of refuse and trash on the watershed area, and violators will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
  • Although not recommended by Baltimore City Department of Public Works, the use of patented portable tree stands is permitted.
  • Portable tree stands must be removed at the end of each day.
  • Masks or other face gear shall be removed upon leaving the woods and when approaching within 100 yards of another person.
  • Permits are valid for the entire season for the taking of game, except waterfowl, WITH ARCHERY EQUIPMENT ONLY at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir, the permit is valid for deer hunting only with archery equipment in designated areas.
  • It is illegal to bait for deer.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir hunting is prohibited on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail/NCR Trail.
  • Baltimore City Department of Public Works regulations allow for use of crossbows on Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs during the entire deer bow season established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
  • Deer archery hunters hunting during the Junior Deer Hunting Days, Deer Firearms, and Deer Muzzleloader Seasons are required to wear fluorescent orange.
  • Archery Hunting Permits for Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs are available online at dnr2.maryland.gov/huntersguide/Pages/default.aspx.

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J.F. Griffin reaches 20 million sportsmen every year through our print and digital publications. We produce 47 hunting and fishing regulation guides for 22 state agencies.
For advertising information, please visit: www.jfgriffin.com