Maryland Sunday Hunting Bills Sent to Governor

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Three Maryland bills that will open Sunday hunting on private property in Dorchester County during deer seasons will head to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk for his signature. The Sportsmen’s Alliance and our Maryland members strongly support the opening of Sunday hunting on all private property and call on Gov. Hogan to sign all three bills.

Take Action Today! Maryland sportsmen and women should contact Governor Hogan and ask him to sign (SB 888), (SB 889) and (SB 890) into law. Maryland members can contact the governor either by phone at 410-974-3901 or by clicking on the link: .

Sunday hunting is already permitted on public land specifically opened by the state. Earlier this year, legislation that would have opened both deer and waterfowl hunting on private ground on Sundays failed in committee. Instead, the legislature has approved limited deer hunting in a small area of Maryland.   

The bills pending on the governor’s desk:

  • SB 888 – Would allow a person to hunt deer on the second and third Sunday of the deer firearms season on private property in Dorchester County.
  • SB 889 – Would allow a person to hunt deer during the bow season on private property from the first Sunday in October through the second Sunday in January in Dorchester County.
  • SB 890 – Would allow a person to hunt deer on Sundays during the deer muzzleloader season on private property in Dorchester County.

Currently, only eight states, including Maryland, place varying restrictions on Sunday hunting. In today’s day and age, many sportsmen work six days a week, and, in many cases, Sunday is the only day available to them.

“There is simply no justification to deny citizens of Dorchester County the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on their own property, or to allow others to hunt on their property, during these seasons,” said Luke Houghton, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. 

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: OnlineFacebookTwitter and Instagram.