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September 10, 2013

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DNR Announces 2013-2014 Late Waterfowl Seasons

by Martha

Picture by Jeff Coats

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has finalized the 2013-2014 late waterfowl seasons after reviewing all public comment and consulting with members of the Wildlife Advisory Commission and Migratory Game Bird Advisory Committee.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 waterfowl hunting seasons include:

  • Two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days to be held on November 2, 2013 and February 8, 2014.
  • The regular duck hunting season opens on October 12 and continues through October 19. The dates for the second and third segments of this season are November 9 through 29, and December 17 through January 25. The daily bag limit is six ducks.
  • The migratory Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting season opens on November 16 and continues through November 29; the season reopens December 17 through January 29. The daily bag limit is two Canada geese.
  • The resident Canada goose hunting season opens on November 16 and continues through November 29 and then reopens December 17 through March 5. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese. The Canada goose hunting zone map (i.e., migrant and resident) and the 2013-2014 Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Bag Limits flyer are available online.

All migratory game bird hunters, including landowners who are license-exempt, must purchase the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/HIP Permit. All waterfowl hunters ages 16 and over must also 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 one of the more than 250 Sport License Agents located across the State.

The DNR reminds waterfowl hunters that boating safety is even more critical during the fall and winter months as temperatures cool and fewer people are on the water to assist in the case of an emergency.

Keep up to date with DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service on Facebook and Twitter @MDDNRWildlife.

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    1. Robert L. Smith
      Oct 17 2013

      I do not think the overlap of regular duck season with deer muzzleloader season is safe. In Garrett County we hunt ducks on beaver dams, river banks and in in swamps, places deer hunters like to be also. I see no need for a 1 week duck season to coincide with a 3 day deer hunt. It is dangerous. Several times, while duck hunting, I have had deer hunters shoot within range of my blind. I am camouflaged and hidden behind brush and could be easily killed by a shot from a deer hunter who could not tell I was there.

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