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DNR Announces 2013-2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

mourning doveThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2013-2014 early migratory game bird hunting seasons. Dove season marks the traditional start of hunting activity each year in Maryland.

Dove, split season

First Season: September 2 – October 5

Second Season: November 6 – 29

Third Season: December 21 – January 1

Woodcock, split season

First Season: October 31- November 29

Second Season: January 11 – 25

Early resident Canada goose season

Eastern zone: September 2 – 14

Western zone: September 2 – 25

  • Hunters are allowed to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shotshells, and shooting hours are extended to one-half hour after sunset during the early resident Canada goose season.

Teal, September season

September 16 – 30

  • Hunters should note two important changes for the September teal season: Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset (previously sunrise to sunset); and the daily bag limit has been increased from 4 to 6 teal. A description of the September teal season zone, season dates, and bag limits are included on the Early Teal Season website.

All migratory bird hunters, including landowners who are license-exempt, must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/HIP Permit and possess the printed receipt while hunting. All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp). Licenses, stamps and permits may be purchased online via COMPASS, by phone at 1-855-855-3906, at a DNR Service Center, or at any of the more than 250 Sport License Agents. For more information, visit

Official shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for all early migratory game bird hunting seasons EXCEPT for: mourning doves during the first season segment, when shooting hours are from noon to sunset; and during the early September resident Canada goose season when shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Hunters should also note possession limits for all migratory game birds are now three times the daily bag limit (previously two times the daily bag limit). Migratory bird hunting regulations and a listing the season dates and bag limits are available on DNR’s Migratory Bird Regulations website.

Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds by calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or online at