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The Berwyn Rod & Gun Club

8311 Laurel Bowie Road

Bowie, Maryland 20715

Established in 1938



Future dates and times will be listed on the calendar.

  • August 25th 2024 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
  • September 8th 2024 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Maryland DNR Shooter Qualifications

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has established a standardized hunter certification program for selected managed hunts, as well as selected managed hunting programs conducted by other local, state and federal agencies. All hunters wanting to participate in managed hunts or wanting to hunt on land requiring this certification must demonstrate proficiency with the firearm / bow to be used during the hunt(s). The Shooter Qualification Card Program allows a hunter to satisfy the proficiency testing requirement by qualifying at a single site, even if selected for more than one managed hunting program. Here is the list of required proficiency, which must be demonstrated:

  • Archery: 3 out of 5 shots into a 9" circle at 20 and 30 yards.
  • Shotgun: 3 out of 5 shots into a 9" circle at 40 yards.
  • Muzzleloader: 2 out of 3 shots into a 9" circle at 40 yards. 

    Berwyn Rod & Gun Club (BGRC) participates in the Shooter Qualification Card program by hosting opportunities for hunters to demonstrate their proficiency to acquire the qualification card. There are usually 2 scheduled events annually for hunters to qualify with bows, shotguns, and muzzleloaders. There is a requested donation of $10 for the certification card. A single card will provide proof of proficiency for each of the three disciplines available.

    Each participant must provide the necessary equipment and ammunition to complete the proficiency test(s). Maryland DNR requires the equipment and ammunition used to pass the proficiency tests be the same equipment and ammunition used in the hunts. There is no requirement for advanced scheduling or making an appointment. 

    Public Sight-in Event 

    BRGC will hold in conjunction with the DNR qualification events, an opportunity for hunters to sight in their equipment and prepare for hunting season. Hunters must supply their own equipment and the proper ammunition for their equipment. BRGC will supply the location and targets. BRGC members will be on-hand and available to assist participants with the sight-in process. There is a requested donation of $5 per firearm or bow to be sighted-in.

    For additional information on DNR Shooter Qualifications and Public Sight-in Days, please contact the chair at

    The Berwyn Rod & Gun Club, Inc. 8311 Laurel Bowie Road, Bowie, MD 20715

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