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Department of Natural Resources

Larry Hogan, Governor

Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources

Paul A. Peditto, Director of the
Wildlife and Heritage Service

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission

The Wildlife Advisory Commission was created by legislation to advise the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources on wildlife matters.
All members are appointed by the governor. Contact the Wildlife Advisory Commission by writing to:
Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401
or email


Luen N. Compton, Jr., Chairman
Tina R. Gregor, Vice-Chair
Stephanie L. Boyles Griffin
Erik T. Gulbrandsen
Joe L. Schroyer
Rand D. Weinberg
Steven W. Keithley
Carl F. Wagner
Joseph Michael

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8540, FAX 410-260-8596
Toll free in Maryland: 877-620-8367
TTY users call via the MD Relay

Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration

Publication # DNR 03-040821-273

The Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland is a publication of the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Ads promoting political advocacy or ads regarding alcohol, tobacco and/or ads of a sexual nature will not be accepted. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service is not responsible for any advertising claims contained herein. The department disclaims any liability regarding product pricing, claims, descriptions, availability or condition. No warranty is expressed or implied concerning product errors, omissions or misprints.

This publication is intended as a guide only. For state laws and regulations, see the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 08 at the following web sites:

The facilities of the Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days advance notice is requested. This document is available in alternative format upon request from a qualified individual with a disability.

This program receives Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility, or if you need more information, please write to:

Office of Fair Practice

Department of Natural Resources

580 Taylor Ave., C-3

Annapolis MD 21401

Telephone: (410)260-8058


The Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020

Arlington, Virginia 22203

Maryland Archery Hunter Survey Cooperators Needed

We need your help!

Archery hunters are among the most active outdoor enthusiasts in Maryland. The time you spend afield and the experiences you enjoy are of great value to us. The hunting observations you make, day after day and year after year, can be used as a powerful tool to effectively track fluctuations in many different wildlife populations (e.g. deer, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers). Therefore, we are asking you to take the time to become a cooperator and document information about each of your archery hunts. The data you provide will be added to the data already collected by over 300 other archery hunter cooperators and will make the results even stronger.

If you are interested in becoming an Archery Hunter Survey Cooperator, you can download a copy of the survey at or contact Brent Evans at 443-786-3656 or Cooperators will receive an annual survey form to complete during the deer archery season and an annual report of the results after they are compiled. We appreciate your interest and cooperation.

Potomac River Boating Regulations

A person aboard a vessel, raft or tube shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device at all times while underway on the Upper Potomac River (that portion of the Potomac River and its tributaries above the Maryland/District of Columbia boundary near Little Falls) and its tributaries, during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. each November 15, and ending at 12 midnight each succeeding May 15. At all other times a vessel, raft or tube shall be equipped with a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device for each person aboard while underway on the Upper Potomac River and its tributaries.

An individual using a vessel, raft or tube upon any white water portion of any designated stream segment shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type III or V personal flotation device at all times; see COMAR for a complete listing. Furthermore, an individual using a kayak or covered canoe vessel on a white water portion of a designated stream segment shall wear a safety helmet.

Additionally, no person may use a recreational vessel 16 feet or more in length unless one Type IV throwable personal flotation device is onboard in addition to the total number of wearable personal flotation devices required.

Natural Resources Police Career Opportunities

If you have what it takes and the desire to serve, we’re interested in talking to you.

To begin your career as a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer, please contact Corporal Raymond Griggs at 443-221-8251, or, or visit the Maryland Natural Resources Police Recruitment Facebook page.

Archery Hunting at Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs

Special rules and regulations for 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 hunting.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir hunting is prohibited on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail/NCR Trail.
  • Deer archery hunters hunting during the Junior Deer Hunting Days, Deer Firearms and Deer Muzzleloader Seasons are
    required to wear daylight
    fluorescent color clothing.
  • Archery Hunting Permits for Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs are available online
  • For reservoir hunting questions call 410-356-9272.