Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland

"Bow Only" Public Hunting Lands

Click on property names below for additional information about each property and an online map (when available).

Allegany

(V) Rocky Gap State Park- 1,451 acres (general hunting), 300 acres (bow only)- Furbearers, forest game, upland game, deer (certain areas are bow only). Special provisions to assist mobility-impaired hunters during the deer firearms season (free permit required). 301-722-1480

Baltimore

*Gunpowder Falls State Park- 3,000 acres-

  • Hereford Area- Deer (Bow only), daily sign-in. DNR Managed Hunt Permit required. 410-329-6809.
  • Gwynnbrook WMA- 35 acres- Deer (bow only). Free permit required. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am

    Liberty Watershed- 9,200 acres- Forest game, upland game and deer (bow only for all game species). No waterfowl hunting.  Free permit required. Click here to register online. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am

    Loch Raven Watershed- 1,600 acres- Deer (bow only).  Free permit required. Click here to register online. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am

    (V) Patapsco Valley State Park- 3,895 acres- Deer (bow only). DNR Managed Hunt Permit required. 410-461-5005

    Prettyboy Watershed- 7,380 acres- Forest game, upland game and deer (bow only for all game species). No waterfowl hunting. Free permit required. Click here to register online. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am

    Soldiers Delight NEA- 700 acres- Deer (bow only), daily sign in required. Managed deer hunt (shotgun) by lottery See Managed Hunt Applications. DNR Managed Hunt Permit required. 410-461-5005.

    Calvert

    Flag Ponds Park CWMA- 100 acres- Deer (bow only). Free permit and reservation required. Opens to hunting the Monday before the late Muzzleloader Season split. 301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.

    Caroline

    Bridgetown Ponds- 100 acres- Deer (bow only). Restricted Season: Nov. 27, 2010- Jan. 29, 2011. Daily sign-in required at Tuckahoe State Park. 410-820-1668.

    Carroll

    Farver CWMA- 23 acres- Deer (bow only).  Free permit required. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    Hahn CWMA- 25 acres- Deer (bow only).  Free permit required. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    Patapsco Valley State Park- see Baltimore County above.

    Raincliffe CWMA- 35 acres- Deer (bow only).  Free permit required. Saturday only. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    Slacks CWMA- 135 acres- Deer (bow only).  Free permit required. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    Cecil

    Bainbridge CWMA- 1,000 acres- Deer (bow only).  Free permit required. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    C & D Canal Lands-  Free permit required. Disabled accessible except Bethel, Elk Forest, and Grove Neck. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

  • Bethel- 400 acres- Forest game, upland game, waterfowl and deer (bow only).
  • Courthouse Point- 315 acres- Forest game, upland game, waterfowl and deer (bow only).
  • Charles

    Chapman State Park- 875 acres- Deer (bow and select dates during muzzleloader) and waterfowl. Free permit, reservation, and sign-in required. 301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.

    Harford

    Gunpowder Falls State Park- See Baltimore County

    Rocks State Park- 120 acres- Deer (bow only). 410-557-7994

    Susquehanna State Park- 880 acres-  Deer (bow only). DNR Managed Hunt Permit required. Contact Rocks State Park. 410-557-7994.

    Montgomery

    Seneca Creek State Park-  Bowhunting Areas- 3 tracts, 4,300 acres- Deer (only). DNR Managed Hunt Permit required. 301-924-2127.

    Strider 1 WMA- 100 acres- Deer (bow only). Free permit required. Disabled accessible. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    Strider 2 WMA- 70 acres- Deer (bow only). Free permit required. 410-356-9272 between 7:30am - 11:30am

    Prince George’s

    Aquasco Farm CWMA (MNCPPC)- 150 acres- Deer (bow only). Free permit required.  301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.

    Patuxent River Park/Billingsley (MNCPPC)- 400 acres- Deer (bow onlyFree permit required.301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.

    Rosaryville State Park- 460 acres- Deer only (bow only). Free permit and reservation required. 301-743-5161 between 8:00am- 12:00pm.

    Queen Anne’s

    Wye Island NRMA- 2,500 acres- Deer  Bow Season: Region B Bow Season dates only. Self sign-in limited to 25 hunters per day.  410-827-7577

    Washington

    Prather’s Neck WMA- 205 acres (general hunting), 10 acres (bow only) - Furbearers, forest game, upland game, dove, waterfowl and deer (bow, muzzleloader, shotgun and rifle). 301-842-2702

    Wicomico

    Johnson WMA- 115 acres- Furbearers (trapping permits issued through bid process), forest game, upland game and deer (bow only). 410-543-8223

    Worcester

    (V) Assateague State Park- 450 acres- Deer (bow only) Restricted season: Nov. 1, 2012- Jan. 30, 2013. Self sign in required at Pump House #1. Limit of 10 hunters per day plus 2 hunters with permits to hunt from a vehicle. 410-641-2120