Bear Hunters' Guide to Hunting Black Bears in Maryland

Responsible Hunting

Responsible Hunters:

  • Learn and practice safe hunting techniques.
  • Hunt fairly.
  • Know the capabilities and limitations of their hunting devices and use them safely.
  • Obey and support all wildlife laws and report all violations.
  • Respect the land and landowner and always obtain written permission before hunting.
  • Avoid knowingly interfering with another hunter and respect the right of others to lawfully share the outdoors.
  • Value the hunting experience and appreciate the beauty of the animal.
  • Positively identify their target.
  • Share responsible hunting with others and work for the future of hunting in Maryland.
  • Cover their game during transport. Transporting game in an acceptable manner is one way to maintain public support for hunting.
  • Dispose of carcasses appropriately.