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DNR Announces 2009-2010 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2009-2010 early migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The dove season marks the traditional start of hunting activity each year in Maryland and will open Tuesday, September 1 and continue through October 10. The second and third split seasons will be November 14 to 27 and December 18 to January 2. The daily bag limit for doves has been increased to 15 this year.

Maryland’s woodcock season is split into two segments, November 7 to 27 and January 15 to 23.

The early resident Canada goose season will open September 1 and run through September 15 in the Eastern zone. In the Western zone, the season will continue through September 25. The daily bag limit is eight geese per day. During the early resident Canada goose season hunters are allowed to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shotshells and shooting hours are extended to one-half hour past sunset.

“Both blue-winged and green-winged teal populations are well above their long term averages and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has approved additional days for the September teal season,” said DNR Game Bird Section Leader Bill Harvey. “We are pleased to offer hunters more opportunity for these early migrants this year.”

The dates for the September teal season are September 16 to 30. A description of the September teal season zone can be found at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/ewfchart.asp. Shooting hours for the September teal season are sunrise to sunset.

Official shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for all migratory game bird hunting EXCEPT for:

  • mourning doves during the first season segment, when shooting hours are from noon to sunset,

  • teal during the September teal season when shooting hours are sunrise to sunset, and

  • early (September) resident Canada goose season when shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
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All migratory bird hunters, including landowners who are license exempt, are required to obtain the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/HIP Permit. Hunters must possess the printed receipt showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp while hunting migratory game birds.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp). Hunters are still required to sign the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp and have it in their possession while hunting waterfowl. Hunters may obtain federal duck stamps at U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, DNR sport license agents, or online at www.duckstamp.com.

Hunters can purchase hunting licenses and Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamps/HIP Permits online through DNR’s website, https://www3.wildlifelicense.com/md/ or over the phone at 1-800-918-2870. These new services compliment the existing 320 retail vendors that currently sell licenses, permits and stamps.

Nontoxic shot is required for hunting rails, snipe, waterfowl, and coots. Hunters may not possess or use nontoxic shot larger than size T or use or possess any lead shot while hunting these species. Approved types of nontoxic shot and other information on migratory bird hunting is listed in the 2009-2010 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license or on the DNR website: http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/index.asp.

For a table that lists the dates and bag limits for Maryland’s 2009-2010 early migratory game bird hunting seasons, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/weblesschart.asp. For a quick reference to the early resident Canada goose and September teal seasons and bag limits, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/ewfchart.asp. Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds by calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or through the Internet at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/.


   August 6, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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