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2015–2016 Small Game Seasons & Bag Limits

Sunday Hunting Permitted in Some Counties, see Other Regulations.


Open Season


Bag Limit

Possession Limit


Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Nov. 7–Feb. 29

All counties

4 per day



Gray and eastern fox

Sept. 5–Feb. 29

All counties

6 per day



Red or piney

Sept. 5–Feb. 29

All counties

No limit

No limit

Delmarva fox squirrel





Allegany & Garrett counties

Nov. 7–Jan. 15

Lands owned or managed by DNR excluding Allegany & Garrett counties.

6 per day, no more than 3 per day on lands owned or managed by DNR

12 in all counties and zones combined

Nov. 7–Feb. 15

Private lands east of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I-95 south to VA

Nov. 7–Jan. 15

Private lands west of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I-95 south to VA, excluding Allegany & Garrett counties.

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 3–Jan. 31

All counties

2 per day



Nov. 7–Dec. 31

All counties

1 per day

male only



Aug. 15–Mar. 15

Wed.–Sat. Only

All counties

No limit

No limit

Hunting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Licensing Requirements

A Regular Hunting License, Junior Hunting License, Senior Hunting License, or Nonresident Hunting License is required to hunt small game. See Licenses, Stamps & Permits for descriptions, prices, and availability of licenses, stamps, and permits.

Legal Hunting Devices

For information on legal hunting devices for hunting small game refer to Firearm Regulations and Vertical Bow & Crossbow Regulations, Firearms, Archery, and Falconry Regulations.

Other Regulations

  • Hunters must wear fluorescent orange when hunting small game except crows. See Fluorescent Orange for more information on fluorescent orange.
  • The use of decoys, calls, and/or recordings for hunting crows is allowed.
  • The head, plumage, and feet shall remain attached to all pheasants to permit identification of species and sex while being transported from the place where killed to the place of final disposition. This does not pertain to captive-reared pheasants taken on Regulated Shooting Areas.
  • On private and designated public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, eastern cottontail rabbits; gray, fox and red squirrels; quail (Washington County only); ruffed grouse and pheasants may be hunted on all Sundays during the open season. Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting are: ONLY Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Garrett State Forest (SF), Green Ridge SF, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac SF, Prather’s Neck WMA, Savage River SF, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA..

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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