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Small Game

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2014–2015 Small Game Seasons & Bag Limits

Sunday Hunting Permitted in Some Counties, see Other Regulations.

Species

Open Season

Location

Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Mammals

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Nov. 1–Feb. 28

All counties

4 per day

8

Squirrel

Gray and eastern fox

Sept. 6–Feb. 28

All counties

6 per day

12

Squirrel

Red or piney

Sept. 6–Feb. 28

All counties

No limit

No limit

Delmarva fox squirrel

CLOSED SEASON

Snowshoe Hare

CLOSED SEASON

Birds

Quail

CLOSED SEASON

Allegany & Garrett counties

Nov. 1–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. 1–Feb. 14

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

Nov. 1–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. 4–Jan. 31

All counties

2 per day

4

Pheasant

Nov. 1–Dec. 31

All counties

1 per day

male only

2

Crow

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, & Regulations 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 Firearms, Archery, and Falconry Regulations.

Other Regulations

  • Hunters must wear fluorescent orange when hunting small game except crows. See 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, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Prather’s Neck WMA, Sideling Hill WMA, and Warrior Mountain WMA.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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