Maryland Hunting Licenses, Stamps, and Permits

Term

Hunting licenses are valid from August 1 to July 31, except the nonresident 3-day waterfowl and small game license.

How to Apply for a License

Full Season Hunting License

Allows you to hunt all legal game birds and mammals in season without the need for additional stamps, except: (1) deer during bow season; (2) deer during muzzleloader season; (3) migratory game birds; and (4) furbearers. A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may also be used with these licenses.

Resident

Resident Regular Hunting License...$24.50
(Age 16 to 64)

Resident Junior Hunting License...$10.50
(Under 16 years of age, written permission of parent or guardian required)

Resident Senior Hunting License...$5.00
(Age 65 and above, may be purchased in the calendar year in which a resident attains the age of 65.)

Holders of Senior Lifetime Consolidated Licenses

This license has been eliminated, but persons who already hold this license are “grandfathered” and do not need to purchase the Senior Hunting License, Bow or Muzzleloader Stamps. However, they must buy a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp (to hunt a bonus antlered deer), a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (to hunt migratory game birds), a DNR Managed Hunt Permit (where required), and a Furbearer Permit (to hunt or chase furbearers). A Big Game Harvest Record may be obtained at no charge from any DNR agent location or in person or by mail from any DNR Service Center.

Nonresident

Nonresident Hunting License...$130.00
(Age 16 and above)

Nonresident Junior Hunting License...$65.00
(Under 16 years of age, written permission of parent or guardian required)

Short Term License
Nonresident 3-Day Waterfowl and Small Game License...$45.00

Allows nonresidents of Maryland to hunt all legal game except deer, bear, and turkey for 3 consecutive legal hunting days. A Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is required to hunt migratory game birds and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is required to hunt waterfowl. A Furbearer Permit is required to hunt or chase furbearers.

Download & Print Hunting License Application & Instructions

Stamps Needed to Hunt in Maryland

Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp…$9.00

This stamp is required for all migratory game bird hunters (coots, doves, rails, snipe, waterfowl, and woodcock), including persons not required to have a hunting license and holders of senior hunting licenses. Hunters must possess the printed receipt showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp while hunting migratory game birds. Migratory game bird hunters are not required to sign and attach the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp to their license. The Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit is issued in conjunction with the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp…$15.00
(at U.S. Post Offices and at www.duckstamp.com)…$17.00
(from sport license agents, DNR online licensing, and DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers)

This stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters, including those who are not required to purchase a hunting license. Hunters under the age of 16 are exempt.

If you purchase your Federal Duck Stamp from DNR online or by phone, or from a Sports License Agent a line item authorization will print on your recreational license document. This authorization is valid for a 45 day period that is detailed on your license. Within these 45 days you will receive a physical stamp from the US Fish and Wildlife Service by mail. Once received, you must sign the face of the stamp in ink and carry it with you while hunting. For convenience you may affix to the back of your license, or carry it in your wallet with your form of identification.

If you purchase your Federal Duck Stamp at a US Post Office or www.duckstamp.com, you must sign the face of the stamp in ink and carry it with you while hunting. You may also affix the stamp to the back of your license, or carry it in your wallet with your form of identification.

Bow Stamp*

Required to hunt deer during Bow Season with valid hunting license. This includes crossbows.

Resident Bow Stamp...$6.00
Nonresident Bow Stamp…$25.00

Muzzleloader Stamp*

Required to hunt deer during Muzzleloader Season with valid hunting license. This includes bowhunters that hunt with vertical bows and crossbows during the Muzzleloader Season.

Resident Muzzleloader Stamp…$6.00
Nonresident Muzzleloader Stamp…$25.00

Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp*

A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp allows you to take one (1) additional antlered white-tailed deer for each Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp purchased, within the established bag limits for a given Deer Management Region. The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp is to be used only after two antlerless deer are taken within the same season. Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps must be purchased prior to pursuing a bonus antlered deer. Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps are not season-specific and the stamp may be used during the bow, muzzleloader, or firearm season.

Resident Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp...$10.00
Nonresident Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp...$25.00

*Hunters entitled to hunt without a license do not need to purchase Bow, Muzzleloader, or Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps. Hunters with a Senior Lifetime Consolidated License do not need to purchase Bow or Muzzleloader Stamps but must purchase Bonus Antlered Deer Stamps to take bonus deer.

Education Requirements

Hunter Education And Safety Requirement

To hunt or purchase a hunting license in Maryland, state law requires:

  • Presentation of a Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunting Safety (required for junior licenses), or
  • Certification that you held a hunting license issued prior to July 1, 1977, or
  • Certification that you hunted on private property prior to July 1, 1977, and were legally exempt from purchasing a hunting license, or
  • Certification that you are purchasing a nonresident license and will only hunt waterfowl.

Exception: Compliance with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement does not apply to those shooting under a Regulated Shooting Area Hunting License.

Note: RESIDENT Junior Hunters (under 16 years of age) will be entitled to a one-time FREE annual hunting license, bow stamp, and muzzleloader stamp upon successful completion of a Hunter Safety and Education course (bring form provided by course instructor to any DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center.

Trapper Education Requirement

Any person who is trapping or attempting to trap furbearers (beaver, coyote, fisher, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, river otter, and skunk), under the authority of a Furbearer Permit must first obtain a certificate of trapper education from the Department (or a designee of the Department), except that the certificate is not required if the person held a Furbearer Permit during the 2006-07 trapping season (prior to August 1, 2007). Trapper education courses are held statewide. Any similar certificate issued by another state is acceptable as complying with the educational requirements if the privileges are reciprocal for Maryland residents. See Trapper Education Requirement.

Special Permits for Hunters With Disabilities

Hunt From a Vehicle Permit

Hunters with mobility impairments may obtain a special permit so they may hunt from a vehicle. Applications are available from DNR Regional Wildlife & Heritage Service Offices. A physician must certify your permit application. See the Public Hunting Lands or visit the DNR's Access for All website for public hunting areas that can assist hunters with mobility impairments. Application for hunting from a vehicle

Crossbow Permits are no longer required in Maryland

Complimentary Pow-Dav Hunting Licenses

A complimentary lifetime hunting license is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a 100% service connected disabled American veteran (Veterans Administration documentation required). The lifetime license is available only at DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers and includes the bow stamp, muzzleloader stamp, and furbearer permit. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the Complimentary License. The Migratory Game Bird Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and the Big Game Harvest Record are required for each year and can be obtained from a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center, a sport license agent, or online at: https://www1.md.wildlifelicense.com/

Hunters in the Armed Forces

Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces and stationed in Maryland must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting, unless they are on official leave and possess a copy of their official leave orders. Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces, while hunting during official leave in Maryland, do not need to purchase a hunting license, deer stamps, or DNR Managed Hunt Permit; however, they must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit. You must possess a copy of your official leave orders while hunting and comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement.

Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces whose duty station is in Maryland must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting. Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces who is on leave in Maryland, but not stationed in Maryland, must purchase a Nonresident Hunting License before hunting.

Who May Hunt Without a License

It is unlawful to hunt without a valid hunting license in your possession unless you are exempt from this requirement as described in this section. You are not required to possess a hunting license or stamps (except the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, the federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit) if you are:

  • A resident of Maryland (and their spouse) who owns property and who hunts only on that property.

This also applies to:

  1. the landowner’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16; and
  2. the landowner’s children and grandchildren, and the spouse of the children or grandchildren, regardless of age, if the child, grandchild, or their spouse, lives on the property, has worked on the property for at least 30 days during the preceding 12 months, or manages the property. Each person must individually qualify under these criteria. To qualify for this exemption a landowner does not need to live on the property but must be able to prove ownership.
  • A person (and spouse) who:
    • holds land under lease for agricultural purposes (or a sharecropper); and
    • lives on this farmland; and
    • hunts only on this farmland.

This also applies to:

  1. the lessee’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16; and
  2. the lessee’s children and grandchildren, and their spouses, if the child, grandchild, or spouse of the child or grandchild, lives on the property, has worked on the property for at least 30 days during the preceding 12 months, or manages the property.

A nonresident (and spouse) who owns a contiguous piece of farmland that is in both Virginia and Maryland may hunt on the Maryland portion of his or her property without a Maryland hunting license, if the person’s primary residence is on the Virginia portion of the property. This also applies to the owner’s children and grandchildren if they are under the age of 16.
A Maryland resident serving in the United States Armed Forces while on official leave in Maryland (whether stationed in Maryland or outside Maryland). You must possess a copy of official leave orders while hunting. See Hunters in the Armed Forces in the following text.

Notes:

  • Hunters not required to have a license must obtain a Maryland Big Game Harvest Record from a Maryland Sport License agent at no charge.
  • Nonresidents of Maryland who own property in the state and hunt on that property are required to purchase a Nonresident Hunting License.
  • Individuals who are exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements are subject to all state and federal laws and regulations relative to hunting and trapping.
  • The Hunter Education and Safety Requirement applies to all individuals hunting in Maryland, even if they are exempt from the requirement to purchase a hunting license.