Seneca Creek State Park

Schaeffer Farm Tract Hunting Area

The Schaeffer Farm Tract Hunting Area is managed by the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Office. For more information please call 410-356-9272.


The Schaeffer Farm Tract is located in Seneca Creek State Park and is bordered by Schaeffer Road, Black Rock Road, Little Seneca Creek and Seneca Creek.

Seasons Open

The Schaeffer Farm Tract is open for white-tailed deer hunting only (no other game) during the following seasons:
White tailed deer, Firearms: November 25-December 9, 2023 and January 5 - 6​, 2024.​
White tailed deer, Muzzleoader: December 16-30, 2023
White tailed deer, Archery: December 11-15, 2023, December 31, 2023-January 4, 2024 and January 8-31, 2024.

Hunting Devices Allowed​

​Firearms season: Shotgun or straight-walled cartridge rifle.
Archery and Muzzleloader: weapons conformi​ng to the rules published in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping


A Free Public Hunting Permit is required for this area and may be obtained online through your COMPASS account or in person at any license vendor. Information concerning the permit is in the hunting guide as well as online.​

  • Click here ​to apply for the Free Public Hunting Permit
  • Reservations for the opening day of deer firearms season are by lottery. See the packet that accompanied your Central Region Permit for applications and instructions.
  • After the opening day of deer firearms season a daily reservation is required. Reservations are made through the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Office at 410-356-9272.


 Click here for a map of the property.​