How To Get A Group Furbearer Permit for Your Club


Designated representatives of fox organizations can now obtain the $10 Group Permit that covers their members and guests any of the following ways:

  • On-line 24/7 at Accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
  • Toll free by phone at 1-800-918-2870. Accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
  • Purchased at any of the 320 hunting and fishing license vendors around the state. Wal-Mart is a vendor as are most sporting goods dealers. The names of local vendors can be obtained by calling toll free 1-866-623-344-8889 or on-line at

Shortly thereafter, Group Permit purchasers will receive a letter and report form from DNR. The report form is for listing the names, addresses and email addresses of those individuals using the privileges of the permit throughout the permit year (time of purchase to July 1 of the following year). It must be completed by the permittee and returned to DNR no later than September 1 of the current year.

Clubs required to have Furbearer Permits

As of the 2006-2007 hunting and trapping season, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requires Furbearer Permits for individuals wishing to hunt, chase, trap, or pursue furbearers. This permit is also required for individuals that are participating in unarmed fox chasing. All participants in these activities, except unarmed fox chasers, must also possess a hunting license. Additionally, non-residents must obtain a non-resident trapping license.

“The new permit will allow us to monitor the participation and potential impacts of individuals who utilize Maryland’s furbearer resource,” said Paul Peditto, Director of DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.” “The trapping and chasing community should be commended for helping WHS design a furbearer permit. Data from this permit system will help strengthen our scientific foundations for future decision making which should ensure the long term viability of these outdoor pursuits.”

There will be two general types of permits available. An Individual Permit will apply to trappers or hunters that pursue furbearers individually or in non-organized groups and will cost $5.00. A Group Permit can be obtained by organized furbearer chasing or hunting groups with the approval of DNR. Members and/or guests of an organized group that possesses a Group Permit are covered by this permit and are not required to possess Individual Permits to engage in chasing or hunting activities while participating in group sponsored events. The fee for a Group Furbearer Permit is $10.00.

Beginning August 1, 2007 any individual that intends to trap furbearers must meet one of the following conditions: (1) complete a DNR certified trapper education course prior to purchasing a Furbearer Permit on or after August 1, 2007, or (2) possess a Furbearer Permit prior to August 1, 2007. The 2nd provision allows a 1-year grandfathering period for existing trappers to purchase a Furbearer Permit prior to August 1, 2007 without completing the mandatory trapper education course. Trappers that purchase a Furbearer Permit during this period (08/1/06-07/31/07) will be exempted from the trapper education requirement during future years. Trapper education courses will be offered at various locations throughout the state commencing in 2007.

“The time had come for trappers to become involved in a course of instruction. The trapping community should be commended for not only including the instructional component in this regulatory change during our deliberations but agreeing to assist in administering the course-work.” Peditto added.


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MAWC has been working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to ensure that our sport is treated fairly in the new furbearer regulations.  Initially, DNR had proposed legislation that would have required every fox chaser to have a license.  The bill also included educational and minimum age requirements.  MAWC opposed this and was successful in its defeat.  DNR came back months later and proposed the same language but through the regulatory process.  Again, MAWC objected and worked with DNR to create a fair, workable regulation.

2008 Regulatory Success

Important Update

MAWC successful in fighting new DNR regulations!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Wednesday, March 19, that it is withdrawing its proposal to extend the gun hunting and trapping seasons for red and gray fox due to overwhelming opposition.

This potentially harmful change was stopped dead in its tracks thanks to your MAWC Board of Directors, MAWC’s lobbyist, and last but not least to the many MAWC members who took the time to send their comments to DNR.

Regulatory Alert

March 6, 2008

Dear Maryland Foxchasers:

This is to alert you to the fact that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently in the process of adopting its hunting and trapping regulations for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 hunting seasons.

DNR is considering a potentially harmful regulation change that would extend the gun hunting and trapping of red and gray foxes by another two weeks in some jurisdictions in Maryland.  This proposed extension would endanger the fox population by stretching into the gestation / birthing period for foxes. Hunters, and certainly trappers, cannot distinguish between a dog fox and a vixen nor can they determine if a vixen is pregnant.  If they kill a pregnant vixen, they are also killing an average of five pups.

There is no overpopulation of fox in the State of Maryland that would require expanding the hunting and trapping season.  The current regulations seem to work, so why change them.

The Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation (MAWC) is working hard to ensure that these changes are not adopted but we need your help!  DNR is accepting public comments until March 21 at 4:00 p.m.  Please feel free to incorporate some of the concerns referenced above or include some of your own. We urge you to weigh in on this matter.  You can submit your comments via email, postal mail, telephone, or fax:

Paul A. Peditto, Director, DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service, Tawes State Office Building E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401.  Fax:  410-260-8596.  Email:  Phone:  410-260-8540 or 877-620-8DNR, ext 8540.

Albert J.A. “Jay” Young
Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation

July 2012: DNR adopts new fox shooting regulations

Despite MAWC’s hard work to defeat DNR’s proposal to extend the fox shooting season, they have approved the regulation changes as follows:

Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, and Washington counties:  shooting will be permitted until February 4 instead of January 19.

Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester:  shooting will be permitted until February 15 instead of January 31.

Charles and Dorchester counties remain unchanged and hunters are permitted to shoot fox year ‘round.

Thank you to all who sent your comments to DNR.