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At this time we are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 - 2017 Deer Management Program.

Striving for Sustainability in our Parklands

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, through its stewardship of over 15,000 acres of parks and dedicated Natural Areas, is a major provider of deer habitat in the County. No effort to reduce these impacts can succeed without addressing the deer populations within parks and open space.

Managed Hunt Program

Our selection of hunters will be based on each hunter having the credentials listed below, the completion of an application packet and being interviewed by the Hunter Selection Committee. All previous year Anne Arundel County managed hunt participants in good standing; are pre-approved and need only submit the Hunter Information Form, the Background Check Authorization Form and the administrative fee. All applicants are also subject to records checks through the Maryland Natural Resources Police and State and Local Police.


  • Proof of Maryland residency (MD License or ID, or Military ID and residency proof).
  • Valid Photo I.D.
  • A $25.00 non-refundable administrative processing fee (payable to: Anne Arundel County. (Pre-approved hunters must submit an application and pay this fee as well).
  • Completed background check authorization form.
  • separate $7.00 fee to process the background check (payable to: Anne Arundel County) or you may go to our website to fill-out and pay only for their Background Check with a credit card
Once passing the interview process and accepted into the program, applicants will also need to provide the following before they will be allowed to participate in a hunt:
  • $50 Registration Fee
  • Valid Maryland Hunting License
  • Valid Hunter Safety Card
  • Shotgun/Muzzleloader Hunters: A valid Maryland Shooter Qualification Card must be obtained prior to the date of the first hunt for the weapon type(s) to be used during the hunt.

Hunt Season

  • The primary goal is to manage an overabundant White-tailed Deer population.  Hunters are strongly urged to harvest as many antlerless deer as they can take safely and humanely. 
  • Participating hunters are required to provide their own climbing or ladder stand and required safety equipment.


Deer Management Program
(410) 222-6141