Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland

Bowhunting at Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs

  • 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 sunrise to sunset.
  • No hunting within fifty (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.
  • 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, by BOW only at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir, the permit is valid for deer hunting only with bow and arrow in designated areas.
  • On Loch Raven Reservoir hunting is prohibited on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail/NCR Trail.
  • Baltimore City Department of Public Works regulations allow for use of crossbows on Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs during the entire deer bow season established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resouces.
  • The Baltimore City Department of Public Works asks hunters to field dress deer at the harvest location and not to dispose of remains in public areas of watershed property

    Online self registration is available for bowhunting at Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/lnp.asp.

    For additional information about bowhunting at the Loch Raven Reservoir, visit: Baltimore City - Department of Public Works