Regulated Shooting Area Permit
General Info - Statewide Permit
Permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. A RSA Permit allows the holder of the permit to raise and release properly marked, captive-raised birds.
A Regulated Shooting Area (RSA) is a tract of land, including any waters, on which the licensee may release and shoot captive-raised pheasant, bobwhite quail, chukar partridge, Hungarian partridge, turkeys (turkeys may be released only by those permitted to do so before September 1, 1992) and mallard ducks.
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
If releasing and hunting free-flying mallard ducks, the number of free-flying mallard ducks to be released and an annual habitat management plan must be submitted with the application.
A certificate of Insurance or an insurance binder number. If self-employed or employ only family members, applicant is not required to comply with this law.
An applicant must submit a copy of a tax map on which the applicant has delineated the tract of land to be permitted, demonstrating the property meets the minimum size requirements outlined here.
The species the person seeks authority to raise, release, and hunt.
Apply for the Permit
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Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
Annual renewal is required.
An annual report must be filed with the Wildlife and Heritage Service by April 30th.
An annual report and a habitat management plan must be submitted before the permit can be renewed.
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?