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Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day Set for February

A junior hunter displays his waterfowl harvest Experienced waterfowl hunters are invited to introduce young people to the sport during a Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day on February 8. On this date, hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult. 

To participate, junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. All young hunters and their adult mentors must possess a Maryland hunting license or be exempt from the hunting license requirement. Adults may take more than one young hunter and assist in the hunt, but cannot possess a hunting weapon.

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

The bag limits for the Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day are the same as the regular season:

  • 6 ducks total, to include no more than: 5 long-tailed ducks, 4 scoters, 4 mallards (max. 2 hen mallards), 2 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 2 pintails, 2 redheads, 2 hooded mergansers, 2 canvasbacks, 1 black duck, 1 fulvous tree duck, and 1 mottled duck;
  • All other species of duck (except harlequin) may be taken up to the 6-duck limit.
  • 2 Canada geese may be taken when hunting within the AP Canada goose hunting zone.
  • 5 Canada geese may be taken in the Resident (AFRP) goose hunting zone.

** Please note: Adult hunters may participate in other open seasons during a Junior Hunt Day as long as they are not acting as the mentor for a junior hunter. Persons acting as the mentor during a junior hunt may not be armed, as the purpose is to focus on aiding the youth participant. 

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

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