DNR announces bird hunting seasons

Photo by Larry Hindman via maryland.gov.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s 2019-2020 migratory game bird hunting seasons.

Bag limits, season dates, and shooting hours can be found in the 2019-2020 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

“With the opening of dove season right around the corner, Maryland hunters are gearing up for the start of the migratory game bird hunting season,” Wildlife and Heritage Director Paul Peditto said via news release.

Season dates are:

Dove, split season

• First season: Sept. 2 – Oct. 19.

• Second season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 29.

• Third season: Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2020.

Woodcock, split season

• First season: Oct. 24 – Nov. 29.

• Second season: Jan. 11–25, 2020.

Early resident Canada goose season

• Eastern zone: Sept. 2–14

• Western zone: Sept. 2–25

Hunters are allowed to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shot shells. Shooting hours are extended to a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.

All migratory bird hunters, including landowners who are license-exempt, must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/Harvest Information Program Permit and possess the printed receipt while hunting.

All waterfowl hunters ages 16 and older must possess 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 department service center or any of the 250 sport license agents.

For questions, call 410-260-8540.

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