Photo of Duck Hunter at Sunset courtesy of Larry Hindman - Wildlife & Heritage Service

Waterfowl in Maryland

Welcome to Maryland Waterfowl Hunting

Maryland's history and tradition of waterfowl hunting is as rich as any in the nation. No article on the early days of waterfowling is complete without mention of the Chesapeake region and places such as the Susquehanna Flats. In fact, Maryland's General Assembly passed the first state law concerning waterfowl hunting in 1833.


The 45th Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest for 2014-2015 2013-2014 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Winner

Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The design contest judging will be held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The entries will be on display in D Hall of the Convention Center begining at 10am with the judging to be held at noon. Click here for information, rules and entry forms.

What you Need

What Do I Need to Hunt Waterfowl in Maryland

Here is your online source for everything you will need to hunt waterfowl in Maryland.

Where to Hunt

Waterfowl Hunting Areas

With links to Wildlife Management Areas and other waterfowl hunting opportunities.

Offshore Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting ducks offshore

Your Complete Guide

For landowners, hunters and interested citizens, a guide to the laws for licensing offshore blinds and shoreline.

September Waterfowl Seasons

Hunting Canada Geese, photo courtesy of Jeff Coats

Teal & Resident Geese

Maryland's 2013 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Bag Limits are now established, including Teal & Resident Geese.

Regular Waterfowl Seasons

Canvasback in flight, courtesy of Jeff Coats

Waterfowl Seasons

Maryland's 2013-2014 regular waterfowl seasons and bag limits.

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl Status Information
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