Think you have a SHOT? DNR to host series of Shooter Qualification events for participation in Maryland’s Managed Deer Hunts

11 June 2024- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released the 2024 shooter qualification schedule, which includes 21 qualification sessions at 9 locations across the state. Additional events are available upon reservation.

These events allow hunters to take the necessary proficiency test required to obtain a shooter qualification card in order to participate in many of the managed deer hunts scheduled in the fall and winter. The department uses a lottery system to select participants for many of the managed deer hunts. There are various deadlines for the lotteries, which can be found on the department’s website.

Hunters should note that several shooter qualification sessions are conducted by appointment only and that many charge a minimal fee to cover expenses. Additionally, eye and hearing protection may be required at some locations.

The department will continually update the online shooter qualification calendar as additional events become available.