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DNR Announces Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 20, 2010) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites experienced waterfowl hunters to introduce young hunters to a Maryland tradition in this year’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day to be held Saturday, November 6.

“This is a day when the focus is entirely on our young hunters,” said Larry Hindman, DNR’s Waterfowl Project Leader. “It is a great opportunity to refresh the lessons learned in hunter safety class and engage kids in waterfowl hunting traditions such as placing decoys, calling waterfowl and hunting with a retriever.”

Any licensed hunter 15 years old or younger may participate during this one-day hunt. Youth of this age who are exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements may also participate. Young waterfowl hunters must possess a receipt showing they purchased a $9 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp. Note that hunters under 16 years old do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp.

Participating young hunters must also be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old who holds a valid Maryland hunting license or is exempt from the hunting license requirements. One adult may take several youth hunters and that adult may call waterfowl, assist with decoys and retrieve downed birds but may not possess a firearm or bow.

The bag limit for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is the same as the regular season, except one black duck and two Canada geese may also be taken. For a complete description of waterfowl bag limits see http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/lwfchart.asp.

Maryland has a rich waterfowl hunting heritage. DNR builds on this tradition by partnering with conservation groups such as the Maryland Waterfowler’s Association, Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl to promote habitat conservation and the mentoring of young hunters.

“Every Marylander should have the opportunity to watch the sunrise over the marsh and experience the sight and sound of ducks on their morning flight,” Hindman said. “Hunters or not, they’ll see that Maryland has many unique and precious wildlife resources to enjoy.”


   October 20, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov