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Old July 17th, 2017, 03:56 AM #4
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Other notable changes include expansion of Sunday hunting in certain counties on private land (where it was not previously allowed, like Montgomery County), and the Apprentice Hunter licensing program which had received some coverage before. There is also mention of the requirement to wear orange when hunting certain species (such as deer) on your own property (page 53).

This also got my attention ... much like the ability to handgun hunt coyotes year round in certain counties (with a hunting license and furbearer's permit) has been discussed ...

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A hunting license is no longer required to hunt groundhogs in Frederick County.
Of course in Frederick County, handgun hunting is also allowed (although with a restriction against FMJ ammo when mentioned).

Here it seems to imply that in most of the state this has been the standard -
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Nutria And Woodchuck
The nutria and woodchuck (groundhog) are classifed as “unprotected mammals.” As such:
• A hunting license is not required to hunt woodchucks and nutria except in Baltimore County.
• Woodchucks and nutria may be hunted throughout the year, including Sundays.
• Hunters must wear fluorescent orange while hunting woodchucks.
• All hunting devices legal for other game animals may be used to hunt woodchucks and nutria.

Daily furbearer shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset (unless otherwise specifed).
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Firearms
Taking coyote, fisher, gray fox, nutria, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and skunk with firearms is subject to these regulations:
• A shotgun may not hold more than three (3) shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
• Rifles and handguns may be used. Full metal-jacketed, incendiary, or tracer bullets may not be used.
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• It is illegal to have a loaded firearm in, on, or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire.
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Be aware that hunters not required to have a license:
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• must obtain a Furbearer Permit to hunt, trap, or chase any furbearer.
Nutria, woodchucks, groundhogs, etc can be firearm hunted year round, 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. The only exception on public lands is the first day of firearms deer season.

I forget if Maryland code has a transport exception for handguns taken from home to a place to hunt, but otherwise in counties (like Frederick) where handgun hunting is permitted, one seems to have the option to open carry a handgun on public hunting ground during the daytime for much of the year (without having to get an annual hunting license, but possibly still needing a $5 furbearer permit). I don't think that one needs to wear orange for nutria (?) but does for woodchucks. One does need to unload before putting any firearm in or on the car, possibly with magazines unloaded. A revolver with non-FMJ hollow points may be the simplest option. An orange baseball cap might also be a good idea.
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