Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland

Junior Hunting in Maryland

The following Junior Hunt Days are special days just for hunters under a certain age to hunt accompanied by a mentor. All young hunters participating in these days must have completed a hunter education course, possess a valid hunting license (or be exempt from license requirements), and be accompanied in the field by an individual who:

  • Is 21 years old or older.
  • Possesses a valid Maryland hunting license, or is exempt from hunting license requirements.
  • Is not afield with a firearm, bow or other hunting device.

The Maryland DNR does not provide specific hunting sites or mentors for these hunting days. Hunters of all ages (that are not mentoring a youth) may participate in any of the other hunting seasons that are open during the Junior Hunt Days.

Junior Deer Hunt Days

November 15 & 16, 2014*

* Junior deer firearm hunting is open on Sunday, November 16 in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester counties on private lands only.

Junior Turkey Hunt Days

April 11, 2015 (Statewide)
April 12, 2015 Sunday turkey hunting is only open as follows:

  • On private lands in Calvert, Caroline, Charles, and St. Mary’s county, junior hunters may hunt on Sunday, April 12.
  • On private and public lands in Dorchester county, junior hunters may hunt on Sunday, April 12.
  • On private and designated public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, junior hunters may hunt on Sunday, April 12. Designated public lands open to Sunday hunting in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties are: ONLY Billmeyer- Belle Grove WMA, Cunningham Swamp WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Prather’s Neck WMA, Sideling Hill WMA, and Warrior Mountain WMA.

Junior Waterfowl Hunt Days

Nov. 1, 2014 & Feb. 7, 2015

Hunters 15 years of age or younger may participate in the Junior Waterfowl Hunt Days if the individual possesses a valid hunting license or is exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements. The individual must possess a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.


2014-2015 Junior Hunter decal

Junior Hunters!

Commemorate your Deer, Turkey or Black Bear Harvest this year with a Junior Hunter Certificate!

Managed Hunt Programs for Junior Hunters

  • Ayton Tree Nursery Junior Dove Hunt Application


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