Every hunting season, there are new wrinkles in the regulations that govern and protect the hunters and the hunted.
This year in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland, more than a dozen new wrinkles are listed, ranging from major changes in the hunter orange regulations to changes in the lottery for deer firearms season permits at Hugg-Thomas Wildlife Management Area, Hanover Watershed and the Cooperative WMAs.
As of July 1, 1990, the following hunters are exempt from wearing hunter orange, a color used to mark humans because it does not exist in nature:
* A person who hunts any wildlife on that person's property with or without a hunting license.
* A person who hunts deer with bow and arrow during the season restricted to bow hunting.
* A person who hunts game birds or mammals with raptors -- falcons, hawks or owls.
* A person who assists or accompanies another person hunting wetland game birds, fur-bearing mammals, crows, doves or wild turkeys.
All other people who hunt or assist or accompany hunters must wear one of the following:
* A cap of solid daylight fluorescent orange.
* A vest or jacket with front and back panels containing at least 250 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange.
* An outer garmet of camouflage fluorescent orange made up of 50 percent daylight fluorescent orange.
Among other changes this year:
* Second deer stamps. This year, there are second deer stamps for each season as well as non-resident second deer stamps.
* During spring turkey season, back tags do not have to be worn, but they must be carried in the hunter's possession. Also during the spring season, shot sizes used must
be no smaller than No. 6 and no larger than No. 4.
* Non-residents who own and hunt their land in Maryland must purchase a basic non-resident hunting license.
* Howard County has been added to the list of counties where written permission is required before hunting on private lands.
* Except in Dorchester County, only one white-tailed and one sika deer may be taken per day. In Dorchester County, two of each may be taken per day.
* For those who have acquired antlerless deer permits, an antlered deer may be taken first and then take the antlerless deer if you have a second deer stamp-firearms season.
Elsewhere on this page, the basic facts and figures for hunting seasons in Maryland have been extracted from the state's hunting guide.
The fact boxes are intended to give a quick look at the rules and regulations for hunting in our state. They are not intended as a substitute for the Guide to Hunting and Trapping Maryland.
If you have questions about seasons, limits or regulations in your area of Maryland, call the nearest office of the Department of Natural Resources Police.
(valid from Aug. 1, 1990, through July 31, 1991)
Resident junior hunting licenses
Requirements: Under 16 years of age, hunter safety certificate and parental permission required.
Basic resident junior: For all legal game except deer and waterfowl. Individual deer stamps and Maryland waterfowl stamps required, but federal waterfowl stamp is not necessary $6.50
Consolidated resident junior: For all legal game, including deer with regular firearms, muzzleloader and bow. Maryland waterfowl stamp is required, but not federal $15.50
Resident hunting licenses
Requirements: For those 16 through 64 years of age, hunter safety certificate required unless one can prove to have been licensed to hunt before July 1, 1977 or legally exempt.
Basic resident: For all legal game except deer and waterfowl. Individual deer stamps and federal and Maryland waterfowl stamps needed $15.50
Consolidated resident: For all legal game, including deer with regular firearms, muzzleloader and bow. Waterfowl stamps required $24.50
Senior resident licenses
Requirements: 65 years of age or older, hunter safety certificate required unless one can prove to have been licensed to hunt before July 1, 1977 or legally exempt.
Resident consolidated annual: For all legal game including deer with regular firearms, muzzleloader and bow. Federal waterfowl stamp must be purchased to hunt waterfowl $1.25
Senior consolidated lifetime: For all legal game including deer with regular firearms, muzzleloader and bow. Valid from date of purchase until death, but a federal waterfowl stamp must be purchased $12.50
3-day waterfowl and small game (all ages): Deer and turkey excluded, and days must be consecutive legal hunting days. Federal and Maryland waterfowl stamps needed $35
Basic hunting license
Requirements: Valid driver's license, voter registration card or hunting license from state of residence. Those under the age of 16 must also have written permission from parents or guardian.
Application: For all legal game except deer during the bow and muzzleloader seasons and waterfowl. Bow and black powder stamps as well as federal and Maryland waterfowl stamps must be purchased $120.50, except for residents of Delaware ($83), Pennsylvania ($83), Virginia ($120) and West Virginia ($85).
Maryland waterfowl stamp $6
Federal bird stamp $12.50
Deer stamp $9.50
Bow stamp $3.50
Muzzleloader stamp $3.50
Resident second deer stamp $5
Non-resident second deer $10