Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland

Maryland Proposed Late Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits 2014-2015 Hunting Year

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

Season Dates: Nov. 1 & Feb. 7
Daily Bag and Possession Limits: The daily bag limit of ducks (including mergansers) is 6. The 6-duck limit shall consist of no more than 5 long-tailed ducks, 4 scoters, 4 mallards (max. 2 hen mallards), 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 pintails. 2 redheads, 2 hooded mergansers, 1 canvasback, 1 black duck, 1 fulvous tree duck, and 1 mottled duck. All other species of ducks (except harlequin ducks) may be taken up to the 6-duck limit.  In addition, youth hunters may take 2 Canada geese, 2 brant, 25 light geese, and 15 coots. No open season for harlequin ducks and swans.
Any licensed hunter 15 years old or younger may participate during these one-day hunts. Youth of this age who are exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements may also participate. Youth waterfowl hunters must possess a receipt showing they purchased a $9 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old that holds a valid Maryland hunting license or is exempt from the hunting license requirements. The accompanying adult may call waterfowl, assist with decoys, and retrieve downed birds but may not possess a hunting weapon.

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

Regular Duck Season Dates: Oct. 11 - Oct. 18
Nov. 8 - Nov. 28
Dec. 16 - Jan. 24
Black Duck Season Dates: Nov. 8 - Nov. 28
Dec. 16 - Jan. 24
Duck Daily Bag and Possession Limits: The daily bag limit of ducks (including mergansers) is 6. The 6-duck limit shall consist of no more than 5 long-tailed ducks, 4 scoters, 4 mallards (max. 2 hen mallards), 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 pintails. 2 redheads, 2 hooded mergansers, 1 canvasback, 1 black duck (during black duck season), 1 fulvous tree duck, and 1 mottled duck.  All other species of ducks (except harlequin duck) may be taken up to the 6-duck limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. In addition to the duck bag limit hunters may take 15 coots per day. No open season for harlequin ducks and swans.

Sea Ducks (Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, and Eiders)

Season Dates:
(Only in Special Sea Duck Zone)
Oct. 1 - Jan. 31
Daily Bag Limit: 5 (no more than 4 scoters) per day

Atlantic Population Canada Geese

Season Dates: Nov. 22 - Nov. 28
Dec. 16 - Feb. 4
Daily Bag Limit: 2 per day
Hunt Area: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line.

Resident Population Canada Geese (Regular Season)

Season Dates: Nov. 22 - Nov. 28
Dec. 16 - Mar. 10
Daily Bag Limit: 5 per day
Hunt Area: Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington Counties; and that portion of Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and that portion of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County west of Route 301 to the Virginia line.

Atlantic Brant

Season Dates: Dec. 20 - Jan. 3
Jan. 6 - Jan. 24
Daily Bag Limit: 2 per day

Light Geese (Includes Greater and Lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese)

Season Dates: Oct. 4 - Nov. 28
Dec. 15 - Feb. 7
Daily Bag Limit: 25 per day and no possession limit.

Light Goose Conservation Order

Season Dates: Dec. 1 - Dec. 13
Feb. 9 - Apr. 11
Daily Bag Limit: No daily bag or possession limits.
Hunt Area: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line. The Special Sea Duck Zone is excluded from this hunt area.
Special Regulations during Light Goose Conservation Order Season:

(1) Participating hunters must possess a $5 Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit while hunting light geese during this season; (2) Hunters may use shotguns capable of holding more than three shotshells; (3) Hunters may use electronic calls with recordings of light geese; and (4) Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

The public comment period closed on August 19, 2014.  All comments have been posted here.  Thank you for your interest in these regulations.

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