Once again the State of Maryland has crapped the bed! As of today, there are no available spots for any students to complete the Maryland Hunter Safety Education Course until Spring 2022.
What the Law Says:
According to Maryland Code, Natural Resources §10–301.1, any Maryland Resident that wants to hunt the state shall:
(i) On or after July 1, 1977 a person under 18 years of age may not procure a hunting license or hunt in the State, unless the person has first been issued a certificate of competency in firearms and hunter safety.
(ii) On or after July 1, 1977 a person, regardless of age, may not procure a hunting license without producing a certificate of competency or a hunting license issued before July 1, 1977 or making out an affidavit that the person hunted before July 1, 1977.
All of this can be found here:
Where the System Failed the Residents:
In Maryland, you are required to attend a course of instruction followed by a field day.
Since COVID-19 popped off, the System has FAILED the residents of Maryland by not making available enough field days to qualify the students.
Other states, like those listed in the video, have waived the field day requirement.
In the video above, you will see that a solution exists to get a hunter-ed card in a different state that doesn't require a field day. According to Maryland DNR:
(3) Any similar certificate, or hunting license, issued outside the State by a governmental agency, shall be accepted as complying with the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection, if the privileges are reciprocal for Maryland residents.
From the DNR Website:
Maryland accepts hunter education certifications from all other U.S. States. If you possess a hunter education certificate/card from another state, it will be accepted in Maryland as proof of meeting our hunter education requirement and completion of a Maryland hunter education course would not be required.
Your Next Steps:
Your next steps for your up-and-coming hunters should start here by clicking this link!
Finish that, then head down to your favorite sporting goods shop and get your license!
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