Youth waterfowl hunting day set Feb. 7

ANNAPOLIS — Young hunters can hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult on Saturday, Feb. 7. During Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day, hunters ages 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult.

To participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. All junior hunters and their adult mentors must possess a Maryland hunting license, or be exempt from the license requirement. Youth waterfowl hunters must also have a receipt showing their purchase of a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, but, if under 16, do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp.

Adults may take more than one youngster and assist in the hunt, but cannot possess a hunting weapon. The adult may help youth by calling waterfowl, placing decoys and retrieving downed birds, but may not possess a firearm or other legal hunting device.

The bag limits for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are the same as the regular seasons except:

  • One black duck may be taken
  • Two Canada geese may be taken when hunting within the AP Canada goose hunting zone
  • Five Canada geese may be taken when hunting within the Resident (AFRP) goose hunting zone

Hunters with questions may contact the Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

Licenses, stamps, and permits may be purchased online via COMPASS, by phone at 1-855-855-3906, at a DNR Service Center or at any one of the more than 250 Sport License Agents statewide. For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov/service.

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