News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Chance for Young Hunters to Hone Skills

Photo of youth learning to hunt waterfowl

Young hunters have one more chance this season to hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult during aYouthWaterfowl Hunt DayFeb. 9, reports theMaryland Department of Natural Resources.

Youths up to 16 years of age may hunt coots, ducks, geese and mergansers on private and public land, when aided by an unarmed adult at least 21 years of age. All junior hunters, and their adult mentors must possess a Maryland hunting license or be license-exempt.

“As the waterfowl seasons wind down, this youth waterfowl hunting day provides an opportunity to focus on developing our young hunters,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Although winter weather can be tough and appropriate safety precautions must be taken, there are few things that warm a hunter up like a frosty Maryland sunrise and the sound of wings overhead.”

Youth hunters, including those possessing anapprentice license, must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp.Youth under the age of 16 do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp.

Thebag limitsfor the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is the same as the regular seasons except:

Licenses, stamps and permits may be purchasedonline,by phone at 855-855-3906, at aservice centeror at any one of more than250 retailersstatewide

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