The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced details of the 2011-2012 late waterfowl hunting seasons.
Waterfowl hunters may take up to six ducks per day during the season’s three segments: October 15-October 22, November 12-November 25, and December 13-January 28.
The Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting season will include a daily bag limit of two geese and will be split into two segments: November 19-November 25; and December 15-January 28.
Greater and lesser snow geese and Ross's geese are collectively referred to as “light geese”. These birds have become so abundant that they are causing harm to wetland habitats throughout their range.
During the Conservation Order season, hunters may use unplugged shotguns, electronic calls and hunt from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset with no daily bag or possession limits.
The Light Goose Conservation Order season will run November 28-December 10 and then again January 30-April 14. Hunters are required to purchase a Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit to participate in this special season.
All waterfowl hunters, including landowners who are license exempt, must possess proof of purchase of the 2011-2012 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp (HIP certification permit included). They are available at dnr.maryland.gov/service/license.asp or by calling 1-800-918-2870.
All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must also possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) while hunting waterfowl.
Federal Duck Stamps are available at most U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, and some DNR sport license agents. Hunters may purchase an electronic Federal Duck Stamp from Maryland DNR sport licensing agents. Hunters may also purchase a stamp by either calling toll-free 1-800-DUCK499, 1-800-STAMP24 or order online at www.duckstamp.com.
The Federal Duck Stamp must be signed across the face by the hunter to be valid, but they do not have to be attached to the hunting license.
More information about the Maryland 2011-2012 late waterfowl hunting season dates and bag limits may be viewed at dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/lwfchart.asp