The 2008 -2009 Maryland Quail hunting season is the time year when hunters can legally hunt and shoot quail in the state of Maryland, whether they are residents of Maryland or not. This hunting season is set and regulated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources with approval from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Quail hunters must be aware of and follow the regulations that govern this hunting season, such as the dates of the hunting season, the times during the day that quail can be hunted, the location throughout state where quail can be hunted, the number of quail that can be taken each day and can be in the possession of the hunter, the licenses and certificates that each hunter will need to have in their possession and the weapons or methods that can be used to take quail during this hunting season.
The dates for the 2008-2009 Maryland Quail hunting season is determined by the area within the state of Maryland where the hunter wishes to pursue quail. For hunters in the area, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, “east of I-83 from Pennsylvania south to I-695 to I-95 south to Virginia; excluding Garrett and Allegany Counties” the hunting season extends from November 1, 2008 through January 15, 2009. Hunters in the remaining portions of Maryland can hunt quail from November 1, 2008 through February 14, 2009. Both of these areas can enjoy their sport from 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
During the 2008-2009 Maryland Quail hunting season, hunters can take a daily bag limit of 6 quail and can have a daily possession limit of 12 quail. But, before any hunting can take place, these hunters will have to have the proper hunting licenses. For residents of Maryland, this would be a Regular Maryland Hunting License, a Junior Maryland Hunting License or a Senior Maryland Hunting License. Non-residents of Maryland will be required to purchase a Maryland Non-resident Hunting License or a Maryland Non-resident Junior Hunting License. Both residents and non-residents of Maryland will need proof of successfully completing a hunter education course if they are purchasing a Junior Hunting License or if they do not have proof of having had a hunting license before July 1, 1977.
Weapons or methods of take are the last thing that hunters in Maryland must be aware of. These hunters can use a 10 gauge or smaller shotgun, a rifle as long as it is not an automatic, a muzzleloader, hand guns or vertical bows which are compound bows, recurve bows or straight limb bows. Falconry is also permitted.