Chesapeake Goose &
 Duck Hunting
Chesapeake Deer Hunting

Waterfowl Season Dates



         Cell: 410.310.6758

   Maryland Late Waterfowl Season

      & Bag Limits for 2019-2020:
(Official dates to be announced)


  Regular Duck Season:



   (official dates to be

 Daily Bag Limit - 6


The daily bag limit of ducks (including mergansers) is 6. The 6-duck limit shall consist of no more than 5 long-tailed ducks, 4 scoters, 2 mallards (max. 1 hen mallard), 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 pintails, 2 redheads, 2 hooded mergansers, 1 canvasback, 1 black duck (during black duck season), 1 fulvous tree duck, and 1 mottled duck. All other species of ducks (except harlequin duck) may be taken up to the 6-duck limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. In addition to the duck bag limit hunters may take 15 coots per day. No open season for harlequin ducks and swans.

Atlantic Population Canada Geese

Season Dates: December/January

(Official dates to be announced)

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per day

For Maryland Waterfowl Hunting Season and
 licensing information go to:

Unlawful Methods:  Migratory game birds may not be taken with traps, snares, nets,

    crossbows, rifles, pistols, swivel guns, fish hooks, poisons, drugs, explosives or
    stupefying substances. Migratory game birds may not be taken with a shotgun
    capable of holding more than 3 shells unless it is plugged with a one piece filler
    which is incapable of removal without disassembling the shotgun. Shotguns larger
    than 10 gauge may not be used to hunt migratory game birds. 

  Nontoxic Shot and Unlawful Shot:  Non-toxic shot is required for hunting waterfowl,
    coots, rails, and snipe. Hunters may not use or possess nontoxic shot larger than
    size number T (0.20 inches in diameter). Hunters may not use or possess shotshells
    loaded with a material other than steel, bismuth, tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer,
    tungsten-matrix, or other shot determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be nontoxic.


 Guidelines for late seasons, such as regular duck and goose seasons,
  are available in August and become final in early September.
  Hunting for migratory game birds (dove, rails, coot, snipe, woodcock,
  ducks, brant, geese and swans) is regulated by the federal government
  under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Each year, the U.S. Fish and
  Wildlife Service (USFWS) establishes hunting season guidelines for 
  migratory game birds after reviewing data on population trends and
  reproductive success. Guidelines include maximum number of hunting
  days, maximum bag limit, and the earliest and latest dates the season
  can start and end. States are allowed to select season dates and bag
  limits from within these guidelines. State selections can be
  more restrictive than the federal guidelines.









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