HuntingPolicy

Hunting in Maryland State Parks

Photo of hunter and dog

Visitors should contact the appropriate managing authority for information on public hunting opportunities on state owned public hunting lands.

Contact information is available by "clicking" on each park name below.

For detailed information on hunting seasons, required permits, and specific regulations view the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland available on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service website.

Western Region


Big Run

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in adjacent State Forest

Casselman River Bridge

  • No Hunting

Cunningham Falls

  • General hunting permitted in 4,400 acre designated hunting area
  • Nighttime furbearer hunting by permit only
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters
  • Provisions for hunters with mobility impairments

Dans Mountain

  • No Hunting

Deep Creek Lake

  • General hunting permitted in 551 acre designated hunting area
  • No firearms hunting until October 15
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters
  • Provisions for hunters with mobility impairments
  • Waterfowl hunting only at designated sites on Deep Creek Lake (reservation required)

Fort Frederick

  • Managed shotgun deer hunting program in a 500 acre designated area – lottery system to select hunters – Managed Hunt Permit required to participate in the hunt (not required to participate in the lottery)

Gambrill

  • No Hunting

Gathland

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in areas of adjacent South Mountain State Park

Greenbrier

  • General hunting permitted in 500 acre designated hunting area
  • Nighttime Furbearer hunting by permit only
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday

Herrington Manor

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in adjacent State Forest

New Germany

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in adjacent State Forest

Rocky Gap

  • General hunting permitted in 1,451 acre designated hunting area
  • Archery-only hunting permitted in 300 acre designated hunting area
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters during deer firearms season

South Mountain / South Mountain State Battlefield

  • General hunting permitted on 4,000 acres of designated hunting areas
  • Archery-only hunting permitted on additional 170-acre area
  • Hunting permitted on State Park property only – hunting prohibited on all National Park Service property
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday

Swallow Falls

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in adjacent State Forest

Washington Monument

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in areas of adjacent South Mountain State Park

Western Maryland Rail Trail

  • No Hunting

Woodmont

  • General hunting permitted in 2,000 acre designated hunting area
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday
  • Trapping by permit
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Youghiogheny Wild River

  • General hunting permitted in 1,200 acre designated hunting area
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday

Southern Region

Belt Woods

  • Archery / Muzzleloader / Shotgun hunting for deer only permitted in 615 acre designated hunting area with free WHS permit (reservation required)

Calvert Cliffs

  • General hunting permitted in 950 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required

Cedarville

  • General hunting permitted in 1,100 acre designated hunting area
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Chapel Point

  • General hunting permitted in 550 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Chapman

  • Deer and waterfowl hunting only permitted in designated Mt. Aventine hunting area (free WHS permit / daily sign-in required)
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Franklin Point

  • No Hunting

Greenwell

  • General hunting permitted in 187 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Merkle

  • No Hunting

Newtowne Neck

  • General hunting permitted in 360 acre designated hunting area (free WHS permit / reservation required) and daily sign-in required
  • Waterfowl blind sites by permit

Patuxent River (all areas)

  • General hunting permitted in designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required

Point Lookout

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted during the early muzzleloader season in 240 acre Jacobs tract designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Waterfowl hunting at designated blind sites

Rosaryville

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in 460 acre designated hunting area (free WHS permit / daily sign-in required)
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Sandy Point

  • Waterfowl blind sites available (free WHS permit / reservation required) during third split of the waterfowl season (boat access only)

Severn Run

  • No Hunting

Smallwood

  • No Hunting

St. Clements Island

  • Waterfowl and rabbit hunting only permitted in 63 acre designated hunting area (boat access only)

St. Mary’s River

  • General hunting permitted in 2,200 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Waterfowl blind sites available – free WHS permit / reservation required (boat access only)

Zekiah Swamp

  • Waterfowl blind sites available – free WHS permit / reservation required (boat access only)

Eastern Region

Assateague

  • Archery-only hunting for deer in 450 acre designated hunting area with limit of 10 hunters per day (plus two disabled hunters) with daily sign-in required
  • Season restricted to November 6th to end of Archery deer season
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Bill Burton Fishing Pier

  • No Hunting

Black Walnut Point

  • No Hunting

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad

  • No Hunting

Janes Island

  • Waterfowl hunting permitted in 3,147 acre designated hunting area

Love Point

  • No Hunting

Martinak

  • No Hunting

Pocomoke River

  • No Hunting
  • Hunting permitted in adjacent State Forest

Sassafras

  • General hunting permitted in 1,000 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Migratory goose and waterfowl hunting by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Tuckahoe

  • General hunting permitted in 1,000 acre designated hunting area – daily sign-in required
  • Migratory goose hunting by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Wye Island

  • Archery hunting for deer permitted on 2,500 acres – limited to 25 hunters per day with daily sign-in required
  • Muzzleloader hunting for deer permitted on 2,500 acres by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Firearms hunting for deer permitted on 2,500 acres by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Migratory goose blind sites / hunting by lottery – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Provisions for hunters with mobility impairments

Wye Oak

  • No Hunting

Central Region

Bush Declaration

  • No Hunting

Elk Neck

  • Archery / Muzzleloader / Shotgun hunting for deer permitted on 570 acres of designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit required
  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery (free WHS permit / reservation required) – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Fair Hill

  • Managed shotgun deer hunting program – lottery system to select hunters – Managed Hunt Permit required to participate in the hunt (not required to participate in the lottery)
  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS Permit required
  • Raccoon hunting by permit (reservation required)
  • Falconry hunting by permit (reservation required)

Gunpowder Falls

  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery (free WHS permit / reservation required for some sites) offshore the Hammerman and Days Cove areas – Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Managed shotgun deer hunting program in the Sweet Air / Pleasantville area and Hammerman area – lottery system to select hunters – Managed Hunt Permit required to participate in the hunt (not required to participate in the lottery)
  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in designated hunting areas of the Hereford area with permit and daily sign-in required – Managed Hunt Permit required

Hart-Miller Island

  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery on certain dates (reservation required) and on first come, first served basis on all other dates (free WHS permit / Managed Hunt Permit required)

Monocacy

  • General hunting permitted in 1,800 acre designated hunting area
  • Hunting permitted Monday-Saturday

Morgan Run

  • Archery / Muzzleloader hunting for deer permitted on 425 acres of designated hunting areas – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit / reservation required
  • Archery deer hunting permitted Wednesday-Saturday

North Point Battlefield

  • No Hunting

North Point

  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery on certain dates (reservation required) and on first come, first served basis on all other dates (free WHS permit / Managed Hunt Permit required)
  • Available first-come, first serve, except on lottery days when only lottery hunters are allowed to hunt.(free WHS permit required)

Palmer

  • No Hunting

Patapsco Valley

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted on 3,405 acres of designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit required
  • Mercer property - Archery / Muzzleloader hunting for deer permitted on 150 acres of designated hunting areas with Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit / reservation required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Patuxent River

  • General hunting permitted on 5,000 acres of designated hunting area

Rocks

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in 120 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Cameron property - Archery-only hunting for deer permitted on 125 acres from November 11th to end of Archery deer season (free WHS permit / reservation required)

Seneca Creek

  • General hunting permitted in 1,000 acre designated hunting area
  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in 2,000 acre designated hunting area
  • Managed shotgun deer hunting program in the Clopper area – lottery system to select hunters – Managed Hunt Permit required to participate in the hunt (not required to participate in the lottery)
  • Shotgun-only hunting for deer permitted in the Schaeffer Farm area – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit / reservation required

Soldiers Delight

  • Archery / Muzzleloader / Shotgun hunting for deer permitted on 1,425 acres of designated hunting areas during season designated for Soldiers Delight, with free WHS permit / reservation – Managed Hunt Permit required

Susquehanna

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in an 880 acre designated hunting area. Free WHS permit and daily sign-in required – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit required
  • Waterfowl blind sites available (free WHS permit / reservation required) – Managed Hunt Permit required

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

  • No Hunting


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