News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Public Input Complete, Federal Approval is Final Step

After receiving and reviewing public input, theMaryland Department of Natural Resourceshas selected the 2019 – 2020 migratory game bird hunting seasons. These recommendations are now awaiting final approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In addition to close consultation with Governor Hogan’s Wildlife Advisory Commission and the Migratory Game Bird Advisory Committee, the department conducted an extensive public outreach effort to develop and propose the 2019-20 migratory game bird hunting season package.

“These interactive steps involving public input are a critical component of our annual season selection process.” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “We strive to offer hunting seasons that work for all Marylanders and we sincerely thank all those who took the time to provide input into this process.”

Highlights of the department’s recommendations include:

  • Youth waterfowl hunting days on Nov. 2, 2019 and Feb. 8, 2020;
  • Regular duck hunting season segments from Oct. 12-19, Nov. 16 -29 and Dec. 16 – Jan. 31, 2020 with a daily bag limit of six, including two canvasbacks;
  • Migratory Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting segments from Dec. 20 to Jan. 4, 2020 and Jan. 14 to Jan. 31, 2020, with a daily bag limit of one;
  • The special season for sea ducks in the designated zone from Nov. 2 – Jan.10, 2020; and
  • Mourning dove season segments from Sept. 2 – Oct. 19, Oct. 26 – Nov. 29, and Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2020.

The complete list of recommended migratory game bird seasons, once finalized, will appear in the2019-2020 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trappingand on the department’shunting webpage.

Licenses, stamps, and permits may be purchasedonlineby phone at 855-855-3906, at aNatural Resources Service Centeror at any one of the more than250 Sport License Agentsstatewide.

Hunters with questions should call 410-260-8540.

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