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SEPTEMBER TEAL STATEWIDE SEASON
AND BAG LIMITS
2019

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Sept. 16–30

6 teal per day
possession limit of 18

The September Teal Season is open in these counties:

  • Calvert
  • Caroline
  • Cecil
  • Dorchester
  • Harford
  • Kent
  • Queen Anne’s
  • St. Mary’s
  • Somerset
  • Talbot
  • Wicomico
  • Worcester; and
  • that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; and
  • that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and
  • that part of Charles County east of Route 301.
  • The daily bag limit is six teal. The bag limit may include blue-winged and green-winged teal. The possession limit is 18.
  • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for September Teal Season.

REGULAR DUCK STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020 (INCLUDING COOTS)

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Oct. 12–Oct. 19, Nov. 16–Nov. 29, Dec. 16–Jan. 31

see listing below

STATEWIDE BLACK DUCK SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

Nov. 16–Nov. 29, Dec. 16–Jan. 31

2 black ducks

Black ducks may only be taken during the Black Duck Season.

The daily bag limit for Regular Duck Season is:

  • 6 ducks, no more than:
    • 2 mallards (only 1 can be a hen)
    • 3 wood ducks
    • 2 black ducks (Black Duck Season only)
    • 2 canvasback
    • 2 hooded mergansers
    • 1 pintail
    • 2 redheads
    • 2 scaup
    • 1 fulvous tree duck
    • 1 mottled duck
    • 5 sea ducks (no more than 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders).

NOTE—In the Special Sea Duck Zone, sea ducks may only be taken during Nov. 2–Jan. 10. In all other areas, sea ducks may be taken during the Regular Duck Season as part of the regular duck bag limit.

  • All other species of ducks may be taken up to the six duck limit.
  • There is no open season for harlequin ducks.
  • The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
  • Shooting hours for all duck and coot seasons are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • In addition to the duck bag limit hunters may take 15 coots per day.

YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Nov. 2, 2019 and
Feb. 8, 2020

see listing below

Statewide Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are for hunters age 16 or younger only.

To hunt during these days:

  • Youth hunters must have a hunting license or be exempt from the license requirement (see Who May Hunt Without a License, Hunting Licenses).
  • These hunters must possess the printed validation showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp and Harvest Information Program certification.
  • A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is not required of those under 16 years of age. This stamp is required of those who are 16 years old.
  • Youth hunters hunting on these days must be accompanied in the field by an individual who:
    • Is 21 years old or older;
    • Possesses a valid Maryland hunting license (an Apprentice Hunting License does not meet this requirement), or is exempt from hunting license requirements;
    • Is unarmed;
    • Is not participating in other waterfowl seasons that are open on the youth days; and
    • May assist with decoys, call waterfowl and retrieve downed birds.

The daily bag limit for each Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is:

  • 6 ducks, no more than:
    • 5 sea ducks (no more than 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders)
    • 2 mallards (only 1 can be a hen)
    • 3 wood ducks
    • 2 black ducks
    • 2 canvasback
    • 2 hooded mergansers
    • 1 pintail
    • 2 redheads
    • 2 scaup
    • 1 fulvous tree duck
    • 1 mottled duck
  • 2 brant
  • 1 Canada goose in the Atlantic Population Goose Hunt Zone or
  • 5 Canada geese in the Late Resident Goose Hunt Zone
  • 15 coots
  • 25 light geese
  • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.

BRANT STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Dec. 28-Jan. 31

2 per day, possession limit of 6

  • The daily bag limit is two brant and the possession limit is six.
  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

EARLY RESIDENT CANADA GOOSE
SEASON AND BAG LIMITS
2019 EASTERN & WESTERN ZONES

DATES

BAG LIMIT

EASTERN ZONE—Sept. 2–14
WESTERN ZONE—Sept. 2–25

8 per day
possession limit of 24

The Eastern Zone season is open in these counties:

  • Calvert
  • Caroline
  • Cecil
  • Dorchester
  • Harford
  • Kent
  • Queen Anne’s
  • St. Mary’s
  • Somerset
  • Talbot
  • Wicomico
  • Worcester; and
  • that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; and
  • that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and
  • that part of Charles County east of Route 301.

The Western Zone season is open in these counties:

  • Allegany
  • Baltimore
  • Carroll
  • Frederick
  • Garrett
  • Howard
  • Montgomery
  • Washington; and
  • that part of Anne Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; and
  • that part of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and
  • that part of Charles County west of Route 301.
  • The Eastern and Western Zone daily bag limit is eight geese and the possession limit is 24.
  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset for both zones.
  • Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells may be used to take resident Canada geese during these September seasons only.

SEA DUCK SEASON IN THE SPECIAL
SEA DUCK ZONE AND BAG LIMITS
2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Nov. 2–Jan. 10

see limits below

  • Sea ducks may only be taken in the Special Sea Duck Zone during the Sea Duck Season. Outside of the Special Sea Duck Zone, sea ducks may be taken as part of the regular duck bag limit when the Regular Duck Season is open.
  • Sea duck species are black scoters, common and king eiders, long-tailed ducks, surf scoters and white-winged scoters.
  • The daily bag limit is 5 for sea ducks in the Special Sea Duck Zone and may include no more than 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 scoters.
  • The possession limit is 15 for sea ducks taken in the Special Sea Duck Zone including no more than 12 scoters.
  • For more information on the Special Sea Duck Zone see: dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/hunt_trap/seaducks.aspx

MIGRATORY CANADA GOOSE (ATLANTIC POPULATION) SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Dec. 20-Jan.4, Jan. 14-Jan. 31

1 per day
possession limit of 3

The Atlantic Population Hunt Zone includes these counties:

  • Anne Arundel
  • Baltimore
  • Calvert
  • Caroline
  • Cecil
  • Dorchester
  • Harford
  • Howard
  • Kent
  • Queen Anne’s
  • Somerset
  • St. Mary’s
  • Talbot
  • Wicomico
  • Worcester; and
  • that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and
  • that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and
  • that portion of Charles County east of Route 301.
  • The daily bag limit is one goose (in the Atlantic Population Hunt Zone) and the possession limit is three.
  • The bag limit may include Canada geese, cackling geese and white-fronted geese.
  • Shooting hours for this season and zone are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

LATE RESIDENT CANADA GOOSE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Nov. 23–Nov. 29,
Dec. 16–Mar. 10

5 per day
possession limit of 15

The Late Resident Goose Hunt Zone includes these counties:

  • Allegany
  • Frederick
  • Garrett
  • Montgomery
  • Washington; and
  • that portion of Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and
  • that portion of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and
  • that portion of Charles County west of Route 301.
  • The daily bag limit is five geese (in the Late Resident Goose Hunt Zone) and the possession limit is 15.
  • The bag limit may include Canada geese, cackling geese and white-fronted geese.
  • Shooting hours for this season and zone are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

LIGHT GOOSE STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Oct. 1–Nov. 29, Dec. 16-Jan. 31, Feb.8

25 per day, no possession limit

  • A Maryland hunting license (or resident Delaware hunting license) is required to hunt light geese in Maryland during the Light Goose Season (see Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits, Hunting Licenses).
  • The daily bag limit is 25 light geese and there is no possession limit.
  • The bag limit may include greater snow geese, lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese.
  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the light goose hunting season.

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Dec. 2–Dec. 14, Feb. 1-Feb. 7,
Feb. 10-Apr. 15

no daily bag limit, no possession limit

The Light Goose Conservation Order Season Zone includes these counties:

  • Anne Arundel
  • Baltimore
  • Calvert
  • Caroline
  • Cecil
  • Dorchester
  • Harford
  • Howard
  • Kent
  • Queen Anne’s
  • Somerset
  • St. Mary’s
  • Talbot
  • Wicomico
  • Worcester; and
  • that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and
  • that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and
  • that portion of Charles County east of Route 301.
  • The Light Goose Conservation Order Season provides additional hunting opportunities and methods to help reduce light goose over-population.
  • A Maryland hunting license (or resident Delaware hunting license) is required to hunt light geese in Maryland during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season (see Hunting Licenses, Stamps and Permits, Hunting Licenses).
  • Hunters must possess the printed validation showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (Hunting Licenses) and Harvest Information Program certification to hunt during the Maryland Light Goose Conservation Order Season.
  • A $5 Maryland Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit is required to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season. Hunters must possess the printed validation showing proof of the purchase of this permit while hunting.
  • A Federal Duck Stamp is not required when hunting during the Conservation Order Season.
  • The Light Goose Conservation Order Season and Zone does not include the Special Sea Duck Zone.
  • There is no bag limit or possession limit for the Light Goose Conservation Order Season.
  • Hunters may take greater snow geese, lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese.
  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season.
  • Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells and electronic calls of light geese may be used during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

MOURNING DOVE STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Sept. 2–Oct. 19, Oct. 26–Nov. 29, Dec. 21–Jan. 10

15 per day
possession limit of 45

  • The daily bag limit is 15 for doves. The possession limit for doves is 45.
  • Shooting hours for the Sept. 1–Oct. 19 dove season segment are 12 noon to sunset. For season dates after Oct. 19 the hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

WOODCOCK STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Oct. 24–Nov. 29, Jan. 11–Jan. 25

3 per day, possession limit of 9

  • The daily bag limit is three woodcock and the possession limit is nine.
  • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for woodcock.

RAIL STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Sept. 2–Nov. 21

see listing below

  • Clapper and King Rails: The daily bag limit is 10 (with no more than one king rail). The possession limit is 30 clapper and king rails (with no more than three king rails).
  • Sora and Virginia Rails: The daily bag limit is 25 and the possession limit for these rails is 75.
  • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for rails.

COMMON SNIPE STATEWIDE SEASON AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

DATES

BAG LIMIT

Sept. 30–Jan. 31

8 per day, possession limit of 24

  • The daily bag limit is eight common snipe and the possession limit is 24.
  • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for common snipe.

FALCONRY, EXTENDED STATEWIDE SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS 2019–2020

In addition to the regular open seasons, the Extended Falconry Season dates are as follows for hunting migratory game birds:

  • Mourning Doves: Jan. 14–Jan. 31
  • Rails: Nov. 22–Jan. 3
  • Woodcock: Oct. 1–Oct. 23, Feb. 1–Mar. 10
  • Ducks: Feb. 1–Mar. 10
  • Brant: Feb. 1–Mar. 10
  • Light Geese: Feb. 25–Mar. 10

Bag limits for each species is three per day, with a possession limit of six.

  • Hunting with birds of prey (here referred to as Falconry) is permitted one half hour before sunrise to sunset, Monday through Saturday. No Sundays are open to hunt migratory birds.
  • A valid hunting license, migratory game bird stamps and a Falconry Permit are required to hunt migratory game birds with birds of prey.
  • A bird of prey may be used to hunt migratory game birds during any open season.