ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 22, 2003) — Crossbows will be legal for deer
hunting from Oct. 1-15 during Maryland’s Deer Bow Season. The last two
weeks of Maryland’s Bow Season (Jan. 15 – 31, 2004) will also be open
for crossbow deer hunting.
All crossbow hunters must possess a Resident or Nonresident hunting
license and a Resident or Nonresident Bow Stamp. Any white-tailed deer
or sika deer taken with a crossbow will count toward the appropriate
Regional Bow Bag Limit. All bow-hunting regulations apply to crossbow
Crossbows must have a minimum draw of 75 pounds and have a working
safety. Arrows used for deer hunting with a crossbow must have sharpened
broadhead metal points with a minimum width of 7/8 inch. A cocked
crossbow may not be transported in a vehicle whether unloaded or loaded
with an arrow.
Any deer taken with a crossbow or vertical bow must be registered at
the DNR Official Deer & Turkey Check Stations. Deer taken with crossbows
will be registered as taken with a crossbow. Deer taken with straight
limb, recurve or compound bows will be registered as taken with vertical
bows. Maryland DNR biologists will be able to accurately record the
harvest of deer taken with crossbows versus vertical bows. This will
allow DNR to verify the influence of crossbows on deer management.
DNR offers the following safety reminders for crossbow hunters: