Great Opportunity to Mentor Young Hunters

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesreminds hunters of all ages that Feb. 8 is aYouth Waterfowl Hunt Day. This is a great chance for qualified mentors to take a young or aspiring waterfowler into the field to teach hunting skills, reinforce the safety lessons of hunter education classes, and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

“Mid-winter hunting may include tough conditions that challenge youth hunters, making this opportunity to harvest a bird all the more special because of those challenges,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Few things are more gratifying than mentoring a new hunter and returning home with a stronger sense of conservation values.”

Anyone 16 years of age or younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers, and coots on both public and private land when aided by an unarmed adult at least 21 years old. All junior hunters and their adult mentors must possess Maryland hunting licenses or be license-exempt. Youth hunters, including those possessing anapprentice license, must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, but do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp if under 16 years of age.

Thebag limitsfor the huntingdays are the same as the regular seasons except:

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 may contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

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