Managed Deer Hunting Programs on Public Lands
DNR has implemented managed deer hunting programs in certain areas to more effectively manage white-tailed deer and reduce habitat damage.
Special seasons have been established for these hunting programs in an effort to achieve the desired reductions. These carefully managed hunts also provide an excellent opportunity for new hunters such as youth and women to become more involved in traditional outdoor recreation. The following areas will conduct managed hunting programs during the 2010-2011 hunting season, with a limited number of hunters chosen by lottery. A DNR Managed Hunt Permit is required.
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (Cecil)
410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am or 410-398-1246. Limit of 180 hunters.
Gunpowder Falls State Park- Sweet Air Area (Baltimore and Harford)
410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am or 410-592-2897. Limit of 65 hunters.
Fort Frederick State Park (Washington)
301-842-2155. Limit of 30 hunters.
Patapsco Valley State Park/Soldiers Delight NEA (Baltimore)
410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am or 410-461-5005. Limit of 140 hunters.
Seneca Creek State Park (Montgomery)
410-356-9272 between 7:30am – 11:30am or 301-924-2127. Limit of 110 hunters.
Hunters participating in the Fair Hill, Gunpowder Falls, Patapsco Valley State Park/Soldiers Delight NEA, and Seneca Creek hunts will be allowed to harvest four antlerless deer, which will not count toward the hunter’s regular deer firearms season bag limit for the applicable region (Region B). In addition, approximately 1 out of 10 hunters will be allowed to harvest an antlered deer in lieu of one of the four antlerless deer. Those hunters will be chosen by a drawing on the morning of the hunt.
Hunters participating in the Fort Frederick State Park hunt will be allowed to harvest two antlerless deer, which will not count toward the hunter’s regular deer firearms season bag limit.
Shotguns with slugs are the only legal weapons and must conform to requirements set forth for statewide deer hunting. The use of scopes is permitted and encouraged.
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Managed Deer Hunting in Southern Maryland
Shooter Qualification Card Requirement
All selected applicants must demonstrate proficiency with the weapon to be used during the hunt. A standardized hunter certification has been established for the above hunts, as well as selected managed hunting programs conducted by other local, state and federal agencies. The Shooter Qualification Card Program system allows a hunter to satisfy the proficiency testing requirement by qualifying at a single site, even if selected for more than one managed hunting program. See the DNR Shooting Qualification Calendar for a complete list of locations available for qualification.