Beginners and Experts have a wide variety of public lands and private properties to hunt in Maryland.

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources makes it very convenient to get your Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunting Safety. You can attend classes or take the course online with a Field Day. The electronic system for declaring your game is easy to use with a simple phone call.

Online Hunter Education

Apprentice Hunter License

Maryland Hunter’s Guide

Licenses, Stamps & Permits

DNR COMPASS Portal

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In summary, if you want to buy a hunting rifle or shotgun in Maryland from a licensed gun dealer, you need to be 18 years of age and pass the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). There is no permit, registration or license required for hunting rifles and shotguns in Maryland. But, where you can go with that firearm is highly regulated. Before you leave your own property and enter any public or private property, it is important to research and understand what regulations are in place for firearms. If you can’t find it online, it is prudent to make a phone call or inquire by email.

Maryland gun laws:

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