Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland

Junior Hunting in Maryland

The following Junior Hunt Days are special days just for hunters under a certain age to hunt accompanied by a mentor. All young hunters participating in these days must have completed a hunter education course, possess a valid hunting license (or be exempt from license requirements), and be accompanied in the field by an individual who:

  • Is 21 years old or older.
  • Possesses a valid Maryland hunting license, or is exempt from hunting license requirements.
  • Is not afield with a firearm, bow or other hunting device.

The Maryland DNR does not provide specific hunting sites or mentors for these hunting days. Hunters of all ages (that are not mentoring a youth) may participate in any of the other hunting seasons that are open during the Junior Hunt Days.

Junior Deer Hunt Days

November 16 & 17, 2013*
* Junior deer firearm hunting is open on Sunday, November 17 in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester counties on private lands only.

Junior Turkey Hunt Days

April 12, 2014 (Statewide), April 13, 2014 (Sunday hunting in certain counties only)

Hunters 16 years of age or younger may participate in the Junior Deer and Turkey Hunts Days if the individual has completed a hunter education course and possesses a valid hunting license, or is exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements and has completed a hunter education course.

Junior Waterfowl Hunt Days

November 2, 2013 and February 8, 2014

Hunters 15 years of age or younger may participate in the Junior Waterfowl Hunt Days if the individual possesses a valid hunting license or is exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements. The individual must possess a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.


Junior Hunters!

Commemorate your Deer, Turkey or Black Bear Harvest this year with a Junior Hunter Certificate!

Managed Hunt Programs for Junior Hunters

  • Ayton Tree Nursery Junior Dove Hunt Application
  • Blossom Point Army Research Lab Junior Deer Hunt Application
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