The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) facilitates the Shooter Qualification Program. Through this program local sportsman's clubs, shooting clubs, and other groups avail their facilities and expertise to certify hunters. Those hunters, who meet certain shooting qualification standards, become certified and receive a Maryland State Shooter Qualification Card valid for the current year. This card serves as "proof of proficiency" and enables a qualified hunter to be eligible to apply for many of the managed deer hunts held across Maryland.
A Shooter Qualification Card is required to hunt deer on the Patuxent Research Refuge. MNHA holds a variety of different qualifications for you to qualify with various weapons.