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September Teal Hunting Season Announced

Annapolis, Md. (August 18, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the September teal hunting season will be open September 16-30.


“The September teal season provides a unique opportunity for hunters to pursue these early migrants before the regular duck season opens in mid-October,” said Larry Hindman, DNR’s Waterfowl Project Leader. “In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Waterfowl Survey recorded a high of 8.9 million blue-winged teal, 41 percent above the 2010 estimate.”


The daily bag limit during the September teal season is four (blue-winged or green-winged teal singly, or combined). The special teal season will be held only in the following areas: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties; part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and part of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line.


Only teal may be taken during this season. Shooting hours have been set from sunrise to sunset to avoid the period when non-teal species, particularly wood ducks, are most active.


All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp). Hunters may obtain federal stamp at Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, some DNR sport license agents and at online at www.duckstamp.com.


All waterfowl hunters regardless of age, including landowners who are license exempt, are required to obtain the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and the Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit.


Hunters can purchase hunting licenses, HIP permits and Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamps at https://www1.wildlifelicense.com/md/ or by calling 1-800-918-2870. They are also available at DNR sport license agents and DNR Regional Service Centers.


   August 18, 2011

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

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