Meade Natural Heritage Association

Bow and Gun Qualification

You no longer have to qualify to hunt deer with Shotgun, Muzzleloader or Bow to hunt at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. We are still qualifying for special hunts

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.


MNHA holds a variety of different qualifications for you to qualify with various weapons. 

Click on image above for bow qualification dates and details

Click on image above for gun qualification dates and details