Crossbows may only be used for hunting big game during an "Any Legal Weapon" hunt. Crossbows are not allowed for archery hunts. Crossbows must have a minimum 125-pound draw weight, minimum draw length of 14-inches from front of bow to nocking point, minimum 18-inch stock and a positive mechanical safety. Arrows must be minimum 16-inches and have a broadhead.
Crossbows are legal archery equipment for big game (deer, antelope, elk, turkey & bighorn sheep).
Crossbows legal only during gun seasons. No provision for handicapped hunters.
Crossbows for handicapped archers by permit and during firearms season.
Crossbows allowed for all in archery season. Check with state for detailed licensing requirements
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters by permit. Also legal for anyone during firearms season and Turkey and Bear seasons.
August 17, 2010, Effective immediately, crossbow regulations have expanded for hunters statewide.
The crossbow regulation changes include the following:
Crossbows may be used by certain permanently handicapped persons by permit only.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service now allows crossbows to be used to hunt any game species during any open season where a vertical bow may be used (excluding waterfowl and certain furbearers). This would permit the use of a crossbow during the entire deer bow season in all counties. Minimum draw weight is 75-pounds, telescopic sights are permitted and the crossbow must have a working safety.
2013 Crossbows legal in archery for all game EXCEPT deer. Deer hunting allowed with a crossbow in firearms season