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Active Duty Military

Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces and stationed in the Old Line State must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting, unless they are on official leave and possess a copy of their official leave orders. Old Line State residents serving in the United States Armed Forces, while hunting during official leave in Maryland, do not need to purchase a hunting license, deer stamps, or DNR Managed Hunt Permit; however, they must purchase a MD Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit. You must possess a copy of your official leave orders while hunting and comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement. Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces whose duty station is in MD must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting. Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces who is on leave in the Old Line State, but not stationed in MD, must purchase a Nonresident Hunting License before hunting.

Disabled Veterans

Complimentary Pow-Dav Hunting Licenses

A complimentary lifetime hunting license is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a 100% service connected disabled American veteran (Veterans Administration documentation required). The lifetime license is available only at DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers and includes the bow stamp, muzzleloader stamp, and furbearer permit. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the Complimentary License. The Migratory Game Bird Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and the Big Game Harvest Record are required for each year and can be obtained from a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center, a sport license agent, or online at:

Notes:

  • If a person with a lifetime VA license moves to Md, does MD still honor the license or will the person need to purchase a MD License?

Maryland honors the lifetime Virginia license even if your place of residency has changed. The lifetime license is covered under the Reciprocal License Agreement with Virginia. However, anglers with the VA lifetime license will need to register in MD each year.

  • Holders of Senior Lifetime Consolidated Licenses
    This license has been eliminated, but persons who already hold this license are “grandfathered” and do not need to purchase the Senior Hunting License, Bow or Muzzleloader Stamps. However, they must buy a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp (to hunt a bonus antlered deer), a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (to hunt migratory game birds), a DNR Managed Hunt Permit (where required), and a Furbearer Permit (to hunt or chase furbearers). A Big Game Harvest Record may be obtained at no charge from any DNR agent location or in person or by mail from any DNR Service Center.
  • Complimentary Pow-Dav Hunting Licenses
    A complimentary lifetime hunting license is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a 100% service connected disabled American veteran (Veterans Administration documentation required). The lifetime license is available only at DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers and includes the bow stamp, muzzleloader stamp, and furbearer permit. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the Complimentary License. The Migratory Game Bird Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and the Big Game Harvest Record are required for each year and can be obtained from a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center, a sport license agent, or online at: https://www1.md.wildlifelicense.com/.
  • Natural Resources Article §4-745 Annotated Code of Maryland requires all persons recreationally fishing in the tidal waters of the State to be licensed, except as follows:
    If a person;
    a.  is less than 16 years of age;
    b.  is a registered angler with the State of Maryland and is fishing from a boat holding a valid tidal/salt water license issued by Potomac River Fisheries Commission, the Commonwealth of Virginia or the State of MD.

        c.  possesses a valid commercial tidal fish license;
d.  is fishing from a licensed commercial fishing pier;
e.  is a registered angler with the State of MD and is fishing on a free fishing pier;
f.  is the owner or the owners non-paying guest fishing from private real property or an attached pier in the Potomac River;
g.  is fishing from a licensed charter boat;
h.  is fishing on a free fishing day – the first two Saturdays in June and July 4;
i.  is a registered angler with the State of MD and possesses a Virginia Saltwater recreational fishing license; or
j.  possesses a Potomac River Fisheries Commission recreational fishing license.
k.  is a resident of MD, on active duty with the armed forces, on leave with official leave orders;

 

License Information

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Purchase License Online Hunting License Information Fishing License Information
Duplicate / Replacement Lifetime Licensing Lifetime Licensing
License Agent Listings Hunting Regulations Fishing Regulations
Permits Gun Regulations Disabled Veteran License Information

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