Maryland Hunting: New for 2020

The new 2020-2021 season is approaching. Here are some new general regulations to be aware of from MD DNR:

  • Rifles and handguns that fire straight-walled cartridges may now be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt days statewide. See map on Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  • There is a new Suburban Deer Management Zone comprised of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Archery Season antlerless deer bag limit is unlimited in the Suburban Deer Management Zone. See Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  • Coyotes may now be hunted year-round statewide during the day and night. See Furbearer Seasons & Limits.
  • There are new Primitive Deer Hunt Days on February 1-3, 2021. Hunters may only use long bows, recurve bows or flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloaders during these days. See Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  • The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may now be used in Region A under certain circumstances.
  • Active duty military and honorably discharged veterans now have two special waterfowl hunt days. See Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Limits.
  • Waterfowl hunting at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments has a new schedule of available dates. All available dates for the regular duck season at the Deal Island impoundment will now require a permit issued by lottery. See Public Hunting Lands.
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be offering “do-it-yourself” hunts for stocked pheasants in 2020. The pheasant hunts will take place on public lands across the state. Apprentice license holders, junior license holders, new hunters and hunters who have previously held a Maryland hunting license but have let it lapse are eligible to apply. See Small Game Hunting.
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