Updated as of 4/1/2020 - "Deer may be hunted with a muzzleloading rifle, muzzleloading shotgun or muzzleloading handgun (both single shot and revolvers) in all Maryland counties. To be considered a muzzleloader, a rifle, shotgun or handgun must be loaded from the muzzle and a revolver must be loaded from the front of the cylinder. Flintlock, percussion cap and inline ignition muzzleloaders are legal hunting devices for deer. Muzzleloading rifles or shotguns used for deer hunting must be at least .40 caliber in size and must use 60 grains of black powder or more (a black powder equivalent is acceptable) and propel one all lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge. Muzzleloading handguns used for deer hunting must be at least .40 caliber with a barrel length of at least 6 inches and must use 40 grains of black powder or more (a black powder equivalent is acceptable) and propel one all-lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge. Sabot loads are legal for use in muzzleloaders used for deer hunting. Muzzleloaders are considered unloaded if the ignition system is disabled by removal of the cap, primer, battery or primer powder. It is unlawful to have a loaded firearm in, on or leaning against any vehicle. This includes a muzzleloader ready to fire."
MARYLAND MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASONS
Muzzleloader Deer Hunts
|Season||Season Dates||Bag Limit||Region||Species|
|Muzzleloader||Oct 17th - Oct 19th & Jan 4th||2 Deer for all seasons combined. No More than 1 per weapon season.||A - Dept. Natural Resources Public Lands||White-Tailed Deer|
|Muzzleloader||Oct 17th - Oct 19th & Jan 2nd - Jan 4th||2 Deer for all seasons combined. No More than 1 per weapon season.||A - All Other Lands||White-Tailed Deer|
|Muzzleloader||Oct 17th - Oct 26th||10||B||White-Tailed Deer|
|Muzzleloader||Dec 21st - Jan 4th||10||B||White-Tailed Deer|
|Muzzleloader||Oct 17th - Oct 19th||3 Only 1 may be antlered||B||Sika Deer|
|Muzzleloader||Dec 21st - Jan 4th||3 Only 1 may be antlered||B||Sika Deer|
|Muzzleloader||Oct 21st - Oct 26th||Antlerless Only See Regs||B||Sika Deer|
MARYLAND MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASON REGULATIONS
- Muzzleloaders must load from the muzzle
- Muzzleloading rifles and pistols must be .40 cal or larger
- Muzzleloading rifles must use a 60-grain minimum powder charge
- Muzzleloading pistols must use a 40-grain minimum powder charge
- Muzzleloading weapons must fire a single discharge at one time
This information is subject to change, for more information visit: Maryland Hunting Regulations
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