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DNR Announces Two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

Annapolis, Md. (October 18, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites experienced waterfowl hunters to introduce young participants to the sport during two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days to be held on October 29 and November 5.

“These opportunities are special because the focus is entirely on our young hunters,” said Larry Hindman, DNR’s Waterfowl Project Leader. “It’s a great time to reinforce 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 these hunts. 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. 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 young hunters, and that adult may call waterfowl, assist with decoys and retrieve downed birds but may not possess a firearm or bow.

The bag limits for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are the same as the regular season, except one black duck and two Canada geese may also be taken. For a complete description of the waterfowl bag limits visit, 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, Inc., and Delta Waterfowl, to promote habitat conservation and the mentoring of youth hunters.


   October 18, 2011

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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