Maryland Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Maryland is one of the most under appreciated states for hunting. The landscape combined with the excellent game make for one of the best hunting seasons in the Northeast.

Maryland hunting seasons offer fantastic waterfowl and fur-bearer hunting. In addition, Maryland has white-tailed and sika deer, black bear, and wild turkey hunting. Enjoy the fantastic hunting opportunity of both the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland.

You can apply for a Maryland hunting license online or residents or non residents. Migratory birds, Deer Archery, Deer Muzzleloader, and Furbearer hunters need to purchase an additional stamp.

White-Tailed Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 8-Oct. 18
Oct. 22-Nov. 24
Dec. 11-15
Jan. 1-4*
Jan. 8-31*
Firearms Nov. 25-Dec. 9
Jan. 5-7*
Muzzleloader Oct.19-21
Dec. 16-30

*Hunting date applies to specific areas. Dates may vary by region. Regulations about antler and antlerless bags may apply.

*Sunday White-Tailed Deer hunting is available only in certain counties. Dates vary statewide unless otherwise noted.

Sika Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 8-Oct. 18
Oct. 22-Nov. 24
Dec. 11-15
Jan. 1-4
Jan. 8-31
Muzzleloader Oct. 10-21
Oct. 23-28 (Antlerless only)
Dec. 16-30
Firearms Nov. 25-Dec. 9
Jan. 5-7

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Oct. 28-Nov. 4
Winter Turkey Jan. 18-20
Spring Turkey Apr. 18-May 23

*Fall turkey hunting is only permitted in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.


Black Bear Seasons

General Season Oct. 23-26

 *Special permit required, and only one bear may be harvested per season.

Small Game Seasons

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit Nov. 4-Feb. 28
Squirrel* Sept. 2-Feb. 28
Snowshoe Hare Season Closed
Quail Nov. 5-Jan. 15**
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 7-Jan. 31
Pheasant Nov. 4-Dec. 31
Crow Aug. 15-Mar. 15
(Wednesday-Saturday hunting only)

*The Delmarva fox squirrel season has been closed.
**Season closure dates vary by county. Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website for more detailed information.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Maryland hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website for more information on hunting in the “Old Line State.”