Maryland Bird Hunting

Seasons Span October 7 – 
February 15, 2018

Maryland Bird Hunting


Resident License Fees:

Non-Resident License Fees:
3-Day $45 

Purchase License Online

Visit State DNR Website

*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
Ruffed Grouse

Maryland Ruffed Grouse Season

October 7 – January 31, 2018

Limits: 2 per day, 4 possession


Maryland Woodcock Season

October 27 – November 24, 2017 and January 12 – January 27, 2018

Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession

Bobwhite Quail

Maryland Bobwhite Quail Season

Managed DNR Land: November 4 – December 15, 2017

Limits: 3 per day, 12 possession

East: November 4 – February 15, 2018

Limits: 6 per day, 12 possession

West: November 4 – January 15, 2018

Limits: 6 per day, 12 possession

*closed in Allegany and Garrett Counties

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Maryland Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

November 4 – December 31, 2017

Limits: 1 per day, 2 possession

Bird Hunting Buddies

Upland with Friends

It’s easy for me to get caught up in this solo pursuit. The rhythm of walking to the horizon with shotgun in hand appeals to my obsessive nature. Shut out the world and follow the dogs. Simple. Quiet. Rewarding. But decades ago I came to be a bird hunter because of friends sharing their experience … Read more

Brian Koch
Drought Image

Upland Birds Seeing Red

The US Drought Monitor Map gives a pretty depressing view for more than half the country. There is a distinct yellow to deep red tone painting most of the areas west of the Mississippi and south of the Oregon Trail. The Drought Monitor uses a number of factors – soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation and more … Read more

Brian Koch
Public Land Ptarmigan

To the Edge with Friends and Dogs

We all have limits. But that edge is never static. It’s a river that rages perilously close or meanders docile and aimless in the distance. Most people are perfectly comfortable keeping a healthy distance—there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But there is something about that torrent that is captivating and revealing. What we see … Read more

Brian Koch