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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day Set for February

youth huntingExperienced waterfowl hunters are invited to introduce young people to the sport during the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day held on February 9. On this date, hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private land. 

Youth hunters must 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. Adults may not possess a hunting weapon while accompanying a youth hunter.

Young waterfowl hunters must possess a receipt showing they purchased a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp. Hunters under the age of 16 do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp.

Bag limits for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are the same as the regular season:

  • Six ducks total including no more than 5 long-tailed ducks, 4 scoters, 4 mallards (maximum of 2 hen mallards), 4 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 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 six duck limit;
  • Two Canada geese in the AP Canada goose hunt zone;
  • Five Canada geese in the Resident (AFRP) Canada goose hunt zone.

Hunters with any questions may contact the Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

  • Rio Maldonado

    I would like to say that the latter youth hunting day was a great decision especially for the diver ducks. Alot of times the youth hunters do not get a chance to hunt these birds due to the competition of adults and the cold temps. My son Morgan is 11 years old and this was his first year of waterfowling. My nephew TJ and I have been hunting waterfowl together for 15 years and have taken both of my sons on various outings. Unfortunately my older son is not a youth anymore so he is not eligable for these hunts. Saturdays’ hunt was enjoyable for all. We (TJ, Sandra, Morgan and myself) put out a spread of 12 dozen decoys. (canvasback, Scaup, Mallard and Teal) Morgan was fortunate to bag (what we consider “cream of the crop”) a drake Canvasback. The bag limit was only one but it was really impressive to see all of the ducks decoying into our spread. We had a great time and look foward to future hunts. (wish I could figure out a way to photos)
    Thank you,

    Rio Maldonado