Maryland Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for Maryland.

Do you need Maryland Hunting education?


You need education if you are a first-time hunter or if you do not have proof that you held a hunting license issued before July 1, 1977.

You must be at least 13 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Maryland to take this online course.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Why Hunting Safety Education Is Important

Since states have begun requiring hunter education, over the last 30 years hunting incidents have drastically decreased, while the number of hunters has increased. Today, hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities you can enjoy.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Maryland will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Maryland Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions