Hunting is one of the more popular recreational activities on Pocomoke State Forest. Various game birds and mammals, which include wild turkey, white-tailed deer and gray squirrels, are prevalent. Upland game birds and mammals are not as common, but do provide hunting opportunities. Low populations of eastern cottontail rabbit, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, and American woodcock can be found in recent forest harvest areas and in open land habitats that exist on the forest or near private agricultural lands.
Aquatic habitats located within and surrounding the forest support several species of waterfowl. Open waters include the Pocomoke River, its tributaries, and several swamps/marshes. Wood ducks and mallards are the most common species.
Hunting with rifles, handguns, shotguns, bows, and muzzleloaders is permitted in all designated areas in accord with state and federal laws. Possession or use of weapons is prohibited in State Forests outside of regular open hunting season. Target shooting is prohibited. All game birds and game mammals may be hunted. Game shooting stands are limited to those of a temporary nature which can be removed or dismantled at the end of each
day. The hunting seasons in Pocomoke State Forest conforms to standard hunting seasons adopted by state and federal regulations.
Please refer to the hunting maps located here for the designated areas to hunt on Pocomoke State Forest.
The Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland contains the current regulations and seasons for hunting on the Pocomoke State Forest.
Pocomoke State Forest offers accessible hunting. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of the DNR website.
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