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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.


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