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Maryland Late Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Selected –
Atlantic Population Goose Season To Include 2-Bird Daily Bag Limit

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul A. Peditto today announced the final 2004-2005 late waterfowl hunting seasons for Maryland.

This year’s waterfowl hunting seasons features a 45-day hunting season for migratory AP (Atlantic Population) Canada geese. The AP goose season will be split into two parts. The first split season will run from Nov. 18 to Nov. 26 and then from Dec. 18 to Jan. 29. The daily bag limit will be one goose per day for the first 25 days of the season and two geese per day starting Jan. 7 for the last 20 days of the AP goose season.

“I would like to thank those that took time to attend our public meeting or write us with their comments,” Peditto said, “We are pleased to offer hunters with a suite of waterfowl hunting seasons that provides a wide variety of waterfowl hunting opportunities and continue the tradition of wildfowling.”

Maryland selected a 60-day duck season that will be held from Oct. 9-16, Nov. 13–26, and Dec. 14 to Jan. 29. The daily bag limit will be 5 ducks. In addition to the basic 5-duck daily bag limit, hunters may take 1 additional teal (blue-winged or green-winged) during any of the three split seasons.

As in past years, the taking of black ducks during the first split of the duck season (Oct. 9-16) is not permitted. This conservation measure provides protection to local breeding black ducks. Black ducks may be taken only during the last two splits of the regular duck-hunting season when northern-breeding black ducks have arrived in the Chesapeake Region and have mixed with local birds.

Dry conditions in the Prairie Pothole Region of southern Canada and the north-central U.S. this spring led to a slight reduction in the breeding population of northern pintails. Harvest restrictions implemented for this species in 2002 and 2003 will be continued this year. In Maryland the 30-day pintail season will be held during the first split duck season (Oct. 9-16) and the last 23 days (Jan. 4-29) of the third split season. The bag limit will be 1 pintail per day.

This year’s duck hunting season will also include an opportunity for waterfowl hunters to harvest canvasbacks. With an improvement in the canvasback breeding population, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized a 30-day canvasback-hunting season in Maryland. The canvasback season will open Dec. 27 and run through Jan. 29. Hunters may take 1 canvasback as part of their 5-duck regular daily bag limit.

The National Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day in Maryland this year will be Nov. 6. Hunters age 15 and younger accompanied by an unarmed adult age 21 or older may take ducks, coots, mergansers, snow geese, brant, and 2 Canada geese on this day.

The 2004-2005 late waterfowl season dates and bag limits will be published in the annual migratory game bird season synopsis that will be distributed to DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service offices and sport license agents in mid-September. The information is also available by accessing the Maryland DNR Web site at

All migratory game bird hunters, including landowners who are license exempt, are required to obtain the HIP (Harvest Information Program) permit and the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.

Migratory bird hunters are no longer required to sign and attach the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp to their hunting license. However, hunters must now possess the printed receipt showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp while hunting migratory game birds.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must also possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp). Hunters are still required to sign and affix the Federal Duck Stamp to their hunting license. Hunters may obtain federal duck stamps at U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, and some DNR sport license agents.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that nontoxic shot is required for hunting waterfowl and coots. Hunters may not possess or use nontoxic shotshells containing shot larger than size No. T or use or possess any lead shotshells while waterfowl hunting. Approved types of nontoxic shot and other information on migratory game bird hunting is listed in the free booklet Hunting and Trapping in Maryland 2004-2005 or on the DNR’s Web site at

Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds by calling toll-free 1-800-327-BAND (2263). Banded birds can also be reported online at:

The accompanying table lists the 2004-2005 Maryland Late Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A full chart of the proposed seasons can be found at the DNR Web site:


Season Oct. 9 - Oct. 16
Dates: Nov. 13 - Nov. 26
Dec. 14 - Jan. 29

Black Duck Nov. 13 - Nov. 26
Dec. 14 - Jan. 29

Pintail Oct. 9 - Oct. 16
Jan. 4 - Jan. 29

Canvasback Dec. 27 - Jan. 29

Duck Daily Bag and Possession Limits: 5 ducks per day which may include no more than: 4 mallards (max. 2 hen mallards), 2 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 4 scoters, 1 black duck (during black duck season), 1 pintail (during pintail season), 1 canvasback (during canvasback season), 1 fulvous tree duck, and 1 mottled duck. No open season on harlequin ducks. During all three duck season splits, hunters may take 1 additional teal (blue-winged or green-winged teal). The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit. In addition to the duck bag limit hunters may take 15 coot and 5 mergansers per day, which may include not more than 1 hooded merganser.

SEA DUCKS (Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, and Eiders)
Season Dates Oct. 2 - Nov. 26 5 (no more than 4 scoters)
and Nov. 29 - Jan. 29
Daily Bag Limit
Sea Duck Zone

Season Dates Nov. 18 - Nov. 26 1 per day
and Dec. 18 - Jan. 6 1 per day
Daily Bag Limit Jan. 7 - Jan. 29 2 per day

AP Hunt Zone: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties and that portion of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3, Prince Georges County east of Routes 3 and 301, and Charles County east of Route 301 to the VA state line.

Season Dates Nov. 15 - Nov. 26 5 per day
and Dec. 9 - Feb. 15
Daily Bag Limit

RP Hunt Zone: Garrett, Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Washington Counties and that portion of Anne Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3, Prince Georges County west of Routes 3 and 301, and Charles County west of Route 301 to the VA state line.

Season Dates Nov. 17 - Nov. 26 2 per day
and Dec. 14 - Jan. 29
Daily Bag Limit

Season Dates Oct. 16 - Nov. 26 15 per day, no
and Dec. 4 - Jan. 31 possession limit
Daily Bag Limit Feb. 2 - Mar. 9*
Note*: Season only open on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. during Feb. 2- Mar. 9.

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