It is illegal to use nails, wires, screws, bolts, or screw-in steps with tree stands in National Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas. Both of these are managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
On lands owned, leased, or controlled by GFP or in the Fort Meade Recreation Area:
- Permanent tree stands and climbing devices are prohibited.
- Portable tree stands and climbing devices that do not use nails, wires, or bolts for attachment are allowed from August 25 to February 15, inclusive.
- It is illegal to secure tree stands and steps to a tree using bolts, screws, or any other method that could have a negative impact on the tree.
- You may use one screw-in “T” to stabilize the stand.
- You may use removable screw-in steps to access the stand.
- The owner’s name and address or the year and the owner’s current big game tag number must be on the stand and legible from the ground by unaided vision.