2022-2023 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Begins – Southern Maryland News Net


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the 2022-2023 migratory game bird hunting seasons. Bag limits, season dates and shooting times can be found in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

“Hunters in Maryland look forward to September as September marks the start of the fall hunting season,” said Paul Peditto, director of the wildlife and heritage department. “Maryland’s diverse landscape and wonderful access to public lands provide exciting opportunities for hunters new and experienced alike.”

The season dates are as follows. Shooting times begin 30 minutes before sunrise and end at sunset for all migratory game bird hunting seasons, except as noted below:

Dove, demi-season

First season: September 1 to October 15 (shooting times are noon to sunset)

Second season: October 22 to November 25

Third season: from December 15 to January 7, 2023

Woodcock, mid-season

First season: October 19 to November 25

Second season: from January 9 to 21, 2023

First resident season of the Canada Goose

East Zone: September 1 to 15

West Zone: September 1 to 24

For the start of Canada goose season, hunters are permitted to use shotguns capable of holding more than three rounds. Shooting times are extended from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.

Teal, September Season

September 16 to 30

Shooting times will be half an hour before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is six teal.

All migratory bird hunters, including license-exempt landowners, must purchase a permit from the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/Harvest Information Program and possess the printed receipt while hunting. All waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp). Licenses, permits and stamps can be purchased online, by phone at 855-855-3906, at a county service center or from one of 250 sports licensing agents.

Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds online. After reporting the banded bird, hunters will receive a certificate of appreciation that includes all known biological information about the bird they collected.

Hunters with questions can contact the department at 410-260-8540.

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