Deer Management Regions/Zones Map

Maryland Deer Hunting Season Dates and Limits

REGION A: Allegany County, Garrett County and the western portion of Washington County (Zone 2, Private Land Code Areas 250 and 251) that lies west of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River.

REGION B: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, the eastern portion of Washington County, Zone 1, Private Land Code Area 252, that lies east of a line beginning at the intersection of Rt. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Rt. 494 to Rt. 57, south on Rt. 57 to Rt. 40 at St. Paul’s Church, west on Rt. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Rd. and Rt. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Rd. to the junction of Rt. 56 at Big Spring, following Rt. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Rd., then south on Charles Mill Rd. to the Potomac River), Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Junior Deer Hunt Days and Bag Limits 2023

Important Dates

  • November 11: Statewide
  • Sunday, November 12: In Certain Counties (Refer to Sunday Hunting Chart, Sunday Deer Hunting)

Region A - White-Tailed Deer

  • Bag Limit: 1 antlered or 1 antlerless deer

Region B - White-Tailed Deer

  • Bag Limit: 3 deer, with a maximum of 1 antlered
  • Sika Deer: 1 antlered or 1 antlerless deer

Regulations for Junior Hunters

Eligibility and License Requirements

  1. Age Restriction:

    • Exclusive for hunters aged 16 or younger.
  2. Hunting License:

    • Junior hunters must possess a hunting license or be exempt as outlined in "Who May Hunt Without a License" and "Hunting Licenses."

Field Accompaniment

  1. Companion Criteria:
    • The accompanying individual must be:
      • 21 years old or older.
      • Possess a valid Maryland hunting license (Note: Apprentice Hunting License is not valid in this case) or be exempt from hunting license requirements.
      • Remain unarmed during the hunt.

Bag Limits and Exemptions

  1. Separate Bag Limit:
    • Junior Deer Hunt Days have a unique bag limit.
    • Deer taken by junior hunters on these days do not contribute to the regular Archery, Muzzleloader, or Firearms seasons bag limits.

Shooting Hours

  1. Time Frame:
    • Junior hunters are permitted to shoot deer from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset on Junior Hunt Days.

Antler Point Restriction

  1. Exemption for Junior Hunters:
    • Junior hunters are not obligated to comply with the antler point restriction during any of the deer seasons (refer to White-Tailed Deer Antler Point Restrictions).

Antlered White-Tailed Deer Statewide Seasons and Bag Limits 2023–2024

Archery Season

Dates:

  • Sept. 8–Oct. 18, Sunday Oct. 22, Oct. 23–Nov. 24, Dec. 11–Dec. 15, Sunday Dec. 31, Jan. 1–Jan. 4, Jan. 8–Jan. 31
  • Also open Jan. 5–Jan. 7 in Region A
  • Feb. 1–Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days (refer to following regulations)

Bag Limit:

  • 2 total for all seasons combined
  • No more than 1 in any weapon season
  • Bonus antlered deer allowed in Region B (see requirements below)

Muzzleloader Season

Dates:

  • Oct. 19–Oct. 21, Dec. 16–Dec. 30
  • Feb. 1–Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days (see following regulations)

Firearms Season

Dates:

  • Nov. 25–Dec. 9
  • Also open Jan. 5–Jan. 6 in Region B only, Sunday Jan. 7 in Region B only

Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp

  • Not applicable during Oct. 19-21, 2023 Muzzleloader Season.
  • On these dates in Region A, only one (1) deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken.

Statewide Bag Limit and Definitions

  • The antlered white-tailed deer bag limit is statewide and applies to both Region A and Region B.
  • Hunters may harvest only one antlered white-tailed deer per day within the season bag limits.
  • An antlered white-tailed deer is defined as a deer with two or more points to one antler or a deer with one antler three or more inches long, measured from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.
  • An antler point is defined as any antler projection one inch or more in length, including the brow tine. The tip of the main beam is also considered a point.

Antler Point Restriction

  • A statewide Antler Point Restriction is in effect for some antlered white-tailed deer harvested during the license year.
  • Hunters may harvest one antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does not meet the requirement of having at least three points on one antler.
  • Any additional antlered white-tailed deer taken within the yearly bag limit must have at least three points on one antler.
  • These deer may be taken in any order within the existing bag limit.

Junior Hunter Exemption

  • All Junior hunters, aged 16 or younger, are not required to comply with the antler point restriction during any deer seasons.

Primitive Deer Hunt Days

Authorized Weapons

  • Allowed:

    • Long bows
    • Recurve bows
    • Flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloading rifles or handguns
  • Prohibited:

    • Muzzleloading revolvers

Aiming Devices

  • Prohibited:
    • Draw-locks
    • Telescopic or other electronic aiming devices

Bag Limit Integration

  • Antlered white-tailed deer taken with a bow during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days contribute to the regular antlered archery bag limit.

  • Antlered white-tailed deer taken with a muzzleloader during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days count towards the regular antlered muzzleloader bag limit.

Safety Requirement

  • Fluorescent Color Clothing:
    • All deer hunters must wear fluorescent-colored clothing during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days to enhance safety in the field.

Bonus Antlered Deer Regulations

Stamp Purchase

  • Eligibility:

    • Hunting license holders can purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp.
  • Purpose:

    • Allows the harvest of one additional antlered white-tailed deer in Region B.
  • Exception:

    • Region A hunters can use the stamp if they've already harvested an antlered deer in Region B during the same weapon season.

Stamp Limitations

  • Usage Frequency:

    • One Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp per license year in the chosen season (Archery, Muzzleloader, or Firearms).
  • Exemption:

    • Not applicable during Oct. 19-Oct 21, 2023, Muzzleloader Season.
  • Exempt Categories:

    • Those exempt from hunting license requirements (refer to Hunting Licenses).
    • Holders of Apprentice Hunting Licenses (refer to Hunting Licenses).
  • Purchase Requirement:

    • Must be purchased before pursuing the bonus antlered deer.

Regional Harvest Restrictions

  • Region A:

    • No more than one antlered deer in a weapon season.
    • No more than two antlered deer total for all seasons combined.
  • Region B:

    • Allows hunters to take a second antlered deer in one weapon season using the stamp.
    • If a hunter has taken an antlered deer in each of two weapon seasons, they may use the stamp to take a third antlered deer in a remaining weapon season.

Harvesting Guidelines

  • Same Day Restriction:

    • Bonus antlered deer cannot be harvested on the same day as one taken under the regular bag limit.
  • Stamp Usage:

    • Required to take a second antlered deer in one weapon season.
    • In Region B, if a hunter has taken an antlered deer in each of two weapon seasons, the stamp allows them to take a third antlered deer in a remaining weapon season.

Limitations

  • Maximum Harvest:

    • Hunters may not take more than two antlered white-tailed deer in any single weapon season or more than three total for the license year.
  • Sika Deer Exclusion:

    • Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp cannot be used to take Sika deer as bonus antlered deer.

Maryland Deer Hunting Season Dates and Limits

Antlerless White-Tailed Deer Seasons and Bag Limits in Region A 2023–2024

Archery Season

Dates:

  • Sept. 8–Oct. 18, Sunday Oct. 22, Oct. 23–Nov. 24, Dec. 11–Dec. 15, Sunday Dec. 31, Jan. 1–Jan. 31
  • Feb. 1–Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days (refer to following regulations)

Bag Limit:

  • 2 total for Archery, Muzzleloader, and Firearms Seasons combined
  • No more than 1 in any weapon season
  • A third antlerless deer allowed during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days

Muzzleloader Season

Public Lands (Department Of Natural Resources):

  • Oct. 19–Oct. 21 and Dec. 30

All Other Lands:

  • Oct. 19–Oct. 21 and Dec. 28–Dec. 30
  • Feb. 1–Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days (see following regulations)

Firearms Season

Public Lands (Department of Natural Resources):

  • Dec. 2, Dec. 9

All Other Lands:

  • Dec. 2, Dec. 8–Dec. 9

*Only one (1) deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken in Region A during the Oct. 19–21, 2023, Muzzleloader Season.

Bag Limit and Regulations

  • In Region A, hunters may harvest only two antlerless deer total during the Archery, Muzzleloader, and Firearms seasons combined.

  • Hunters may take a third antlerless deer during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

  • No more than one antlerless deer may be taken in any weapon season, excluding the Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Definition of Antlerless White-Tailed Deer

  • An antlerless white-tailed deer is defined as a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measured from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Primitive Deer Hunt Regulations

Approved Weapons

Only long bows, recurve bows, and flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloaders are permitted during Primitive Deer Hunt Days. The use of muzzleloading revolvers is strictly prohibited.

Aiming Devices Restriction

The use of draw-locks and any form of telescopic or electronic aiming devices is strictly prohibited during Primitive Deer Hunt Days. Hunters are expected to adhere strictly to this regulation.

Bag Limits Exemption

Antlerless deer harvested during the Primitive Deer Hunt Days are exempt from the regular Region A antlerless bag limits. This allows hunters to focus on specific targets during this designated period.

Mandatory Fluorescent Clothing

All deer hunters participating in the Primitive Deer Hunt Days are required to wear fluorescent-colored clothing. This precaution is essential for safety and visibility in the hunting environment.

Embrace the Primitive Deer Hunt Days with respect for the regulations in place, ensuring a unique and authentic hunting experience.

Antlerless Deer Hunting on Region A Public Lands

Designated Areas for Hunting

The following Department of Natural Resources Public Lands in Region A are open for antlerless white-tailed deer hunting:

  1. Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA
  2. Cunningham Swamp WMA
  3. Dan’s Mountain WMA
  4. Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only)
  5. Garrett State Forest
  6. Green Ridge State Forest
  7. Indian Springs WMA
  8. McCoole FMA
  9. Mount Nebo WMA
  10. Potomac State Forest
  11. Prather’s Neck WMA
  12. Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only)
  13. Savage River State Forest
  14. Sideling Hill WMA
  15. Warrior Mountain WMA
  16. Wolf Den Run State Park
  17. Woodmont NRMA
  18. Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA
  19. Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River NEA

Hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with specific guidelines and regulations for each area, ensuring a responsible and compliant hunting experience on these diverse public lands.

Antlerless White-Tailed Deer Seasons and Bag Limits in Region B 2023–2024

Archery Season

  • Dates: Sept. 8–Oct. 18, Sunday Oct. 22, Oct. 23–Nov. 24, Dec. 11–Dec. 15, Sunday Dec. 31, Jan. 1–Jan. 4, Jan. 8–Jan. 31
  • Bag Limit: 15
    • (Unlimited antlerless in the Suburban Deer Management Zone)

Muzzleloader Season

  • Dates: Oct. 19–21, Oct. 23–28, Dec. 16, Sunday Dec. 17, Dec. 18–23, Sunday Dec. 24, Dec. 25–30
  • Bag Limit: 10

Firearms Season

  • Dates: Nov. 25, Sunday Nov. 26, Nov. 27–Dec. 2, Sunday Dec. 3, Dec. 4–9, Jan. 5–6, Sunday Jan. 7
  • Bag Limit: 10

Suburban Deer Management Zone

  • Comprised of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties.

Definition of Antlerless White-Tailed Deer

  • An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Stay informed about the specific dates and regulations for each hunting season in Region B, ensuring a responsible and successful deer hunting experience.

Regulations for Primitive Deer Hunt Days in Region B

Approved Weapons

  • Hunters are limited to using:

    • Long bows
    • Recurve bows
    • Flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloaders
  • Prohibited:

    • Muzzleloading revolvers during Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Aiming Devices Restriction

  • The use of draw-locks and any form of telescopic or other electronic aiming devices is strictly prohibited.

Bag Limits for Antlerless White-Tailed Deer

  • Bow Hunting:

    • Antlerless white-tailed deer taken with a bow during Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular Region B archery bag limit.
  • Muzzleloader Hunting:

    • Antlerless white-tailed deer taken with a muzzleloader during Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular Region B muzzleloader bag limit.

Mandatory Fluorescent Clothing

  • All deer hunters participating in the Primitive Deer Hunt Days must wear fluorescent-colored clothing. This requirement is essential for safety and visibility during the hunting activities.

Sika Deer Seasons and Bag Limits 2023–2024

Archery Season

  • Dates: Sept. 8–Oct. 18, Sunday Oct. 22, Oct. 23–Nov. 24, Dec. 11–Dec. 15, Sunday Dec. 31, Jan. 1–Jan. 4, Jan. 8–Jan. 31
  • Bag Limit: 3 deer, no more than 1 antlered
    • (Feb. 1–Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.)

Muzzleloader Season

  • Antlered or Antlerless:

    • Oct. 19–Oct. 21 and Dec. 16–Dec. 30
  • Antlerless Only (Region B only):

    • Oct. 23–Oct. 28
  • Bag Limit: 3 deer, no more than 1 antlered

    • (Feb. 1–Feb. 3 for Primitive Deer Hunt Days, see the following regulations.)

Firearms Season

  • Dates: Nov. 25–Dec. 9, Jan. 5–Jan. 6, Sunday Jan. 7
  • Bag Limit: 3 deer, no more than 1 antlered

Additional Regulations

  • An annual Sika Deer Stamp is required to hunt sika deer during any deer hunting season.
  • Sika deer bag limits are independent of white-tailed deer bag limits.
  • Sika deer daily shooting hours align with white-tailed deer: one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, except on specified Sundays in certain counties (refer to the Sunday hunting chart).
  • An antlered sika deer is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline.
  • Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps may not be used to take sika deer.

Ensure compliance with these regulations for a successful and responsible Sika Deer hunting experience in the 2023–2024 season.

Regulations for Primitive Deer Hunt Days

Approved Weapons

  • Hunters are limited to using:

    • Long bows
    • Recurve bows
    • Flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloaders
  • Prohibited:

    • Muzzleloading revolvers during Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Aiming Devices Restriction

  • The use of draw-locks and any form of telescopic or other electronic aiming devices is strictly prohibited.

Sika Deer Bag Limits

  • Bow Hunting:

    • Sika deer taken with a bow during Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular sika archery bag limit.
  • Muzzleloader Hunting:

    • Sika deer taken with a muzzleloader during Primitive Deer Hunt Days will count towards the regular sika muzzleloader bag limit.

Mandatory Fluorescent Clothing

  • All deer hunters participating in the Primitive Deer Hunt Days must wear fluorescent-colored clothing. This requirement is essential for safety and visibility during the hunting activities.

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