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Small Game Seasons & Limits

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Small Game Seasons, Bag Limits, Locations 2019-2020

Sunday Hunting- The following small game species may be hunted on all Sundays during the open season on private and designated public lands in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties: eastern cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, eastern fox squirrels, red squirrels, quail (Washington County only), ruffed grouse, pheasants.

Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Cecil, Garrett, St. Mary’s and Washington counties are: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Earlville WMA, Garrett State Forest (SF), Green Ridge SF, Grove Farm WMA, Indian Springs WMA, McCoole FMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Old Bohemia WMA, Potomac SF, Prather’s Neck WMA, Saint Inigoes SF, Salem SF, Savage River SF, Sideling Hill WMA and Warrior Mountain WMA.

Species

Open Season

Location

Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Mammals

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Nov. 2–Feb. 29

All counties

4 per day

8

Squirrel

Gray and eastern fox

Sept. 7–Feb. 29

All counties

6 per day

12

Squirrel

Red or piney

Sept. 7–Feb. 29

All counties

No limit

No limit

Delmarva Fox Squirrel

Closed Season

Birds

Quail

Closed Season

Allegany and Garrett counties

Nov. 2–Dec. 14

Lands owned or managed by the Department of Natural Resources excluding Allegany and Garrett counties

6 per day, no more than 3 per day on lands owned or managed by the Department of Natural Resources

12 in all counties and zones combined

Nov. 2–Feb. 15

Private lands east of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I95 south to VA

Nov. 2–Jan. 15

Private lands west of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I95 south to VA

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 5–Jan. 31

All counties

2 per day

4

Pheasant

Nov. 2–Feb. 29

All counties

2 per day- either sex

4

Crow

Aug. 15–Mar. 15

Wed. – Sat. only

All counties

No limit

No limit