Each winter, during the first weeks of January, pilots and biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) count ducks, geese and swans along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline and Atlantic coast. This year survey teams saw an overall increase in the total number of waterfowl compared to last year. Crews counted more Canada geese and snow geese but observed fewer ducks, compared to 2012. Read more
Experienced waterfowl hunters are invited to introduce young people to the sport during Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days to be held on November 3, 2012 and February 9, 2013.
Youth ages 15 years or younger may hunt duck, geese, merganser and coot in public and private waterfowl hunting areas, when accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old who holds a valid Maryland hunting license or is exempt from the hunting license requirements.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reviewed public input and finalized the State’s 2012-2013 late waterfowl hunting seasons.
“As always, public input helps guide our decisions,” said Paul Peditto, director of DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service. “The individuals who took the time to attend our public meeting or provide comments through our online forum should be commended.”