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2003 Maryland Late Waterfowl Seasons And Bag Limits
Maryland Late Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Selected
Canvasback Season To Be 30 Days

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Sept. 16, 2003) – Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul A. Peditto today announced the 2003-2004 late waterfowl hunting seasons for Maryland.

Featured in this year’s waterfowl hunting seasons are a 45-day hunting season for migratory AP (Atlantic Population) Canada geese and a 30-day hunting season for canvasbacks. The 45-day AP goose season will be split into two parts. The first split season will run from Nov. 15 to Nov. 28 and then from Dec. 18 to Jan. 24. The daily bag limit will be one goose per day.

“I would like to thank those that took time to attend our public meeting or write us with their comments,” Peditto said. “While many hunters wanted a two-goose daily bag limit, the Federal guidelines for Chesapeake Region states remained at one goose per day in the migrant AP Canada Goose Hunting Zone.”

The 2003 spring breeding pair survey of AP geese in northern Quebec yielded an estimate of 157,000 pairs, 5 percent lower than the 2002 estimate of 164,800 pairs. This temporary stabilization of the spring pair estimate was the primary reason waterfowl managers did not increase the AP goose season and bag limits this year.

Improved habitat conditions aided by warm spring weather and abundant rainfall led to a 16 percent increase in duck breeding populations in the mid-continent region of the U.S and Prairie Canada. However, breeding populations of ducks in eastern production areas decreased this year, but production is expected to be good to excellent.

Maryland selected a 60-day duck season that will be held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, Nov. 8-28, and Dec. 16 to Jan. 24. The daily bag limit will be 5 ducks. In addition to the basic 5-duck daily bag limit, hunters may take 1 additional teal (blue-winged or green-winged) during any of the three split seasons.

Although the pintail breeding population increased in 2003, concern for the status of this species still remains, thus harvest restrictions implemented in 2002 will be continued this year. In Maryland the 30-day pintail season will be held during the first split duck season (Oct. 25 to Nov. 1) and the last 23 days (Dec. 30 to Jan. 24) of the third split season. As in past years, the taking of black ducks during the first split of the duck season

(Oct. 25–Nov. 1) is not permitted. This conservation measure provides protection to local breeding black ducks. Black ducks may be taken only during the last two splits of the regular duck-hunting season.

This year’s duck hunting season will also include an opportunity for waterfowl hunters to harvest canvasbacks. With an improvement in the canvasback breeding population, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized a limited 30-day canvasback-hunting season. In Maryland, the canvasback season will open Dec. 22 and run through Jan. 24. Hunters may take 1 canvasback as part of their 5-duck regular daily bag limit.

The 2003 late waterfowl season dates and bag limits will be published in the annual migratory game bird season synopsis that will be distributed to DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service offices and sport license agents in mid-September.

All migratory game bird hunters, including landowners who are license exempt, are required to obtain the HIP (Harvest Information Program) permit and the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp in addition to a general hunting license.

New this year: Migratory bird hunters are no longer required to sign and attach the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp to their hunting license. Hunters must now possess the printed receipt showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp while hunting migratory game birds. At the time of purchase, hunters may choose to receive the actual stamp by mail. Direct purchases of the actual stamp can be made at any DNR Regional Service Center.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must also possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp). Hunters may obtain federal duck stamps at U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, and some DNR sport license agents.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that nontoxic shot is required for hunting waterfowl and coots. Hunters may not possess or use nontoxic shot larger than size No. T or use or possess any lead shot while waterfowl hunting. Approved types of nontoxic shot and other information on migratory bird hunting is listed in the free booklet Hunting and Trapping in Maryland 2003-2004.

Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds by calling toll-free 1-800-327-BAND (2263). Banded birds can also be reported online at: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl.

The accompanying table lists the 2003 Maryland Late Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2003 Maryland Late Waterfowl Seasons And Bag Limits

Submitted to and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Maryland DNR.

Important: Unless noted otherwise, possession limits for all waterfowl are twice the daily bag limit. Hunters are reminded that if you are giving, putting or leaving migratory game birds at any place or in the possession of another person, you must tag each bird with the following information: (a) hunter’s signature, (b) hunter’s address, (c) total number and species of birds killed, and (d) dates the birds were killed. Tagging is required even if someone else is transporting the bird for you or the bird has been left for cleaning, storage (even temporary storage), shipment or taxidermy purposes.

 

Ducks, Coots and Mergansers

Season Dates: Oct. 25 - Nov 1
Nov. 8 - Nov. 28
Dec. 16 - Jan. 24
Black Duck Oct. 11 (Junior Only)
Nov. 8 - Nov. 28
Dec. 16 - Jan. 24
Pintail Oct. 11 (Junior Only)
Oct. 25 - Nov. 1
Dec. 30 - Jan. 24
Canvasback Dec. 22 - Jan. 24

Duck Daily Bag and Possession Limits: 5 ducks per day which may include no more than: 4 mallards (max. 2 hen mallards), 2 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 4 scoters, 1 fulvous tree duck, 1 black duck (during black duck season) 1 pintail (during pintail season), 1 canvasback (during canvasback season), and 1 mottled duck. During all three duck season splits, hunters may take 1 additional teal (blue-winged or green-winged teal). No open season for harlequin duck. In addition to the duck bag limit hunters may take 15 coots and 6 mergansers per day, which may include not more than 1 hooded merganser.

 

Junior Waterfowl Hunt

Season Dates and Daily Bag Limit Oct. 11 Duck bag limit, 15 coot, 5 mergansers (no more than 1 hooded), 1 Canada goose, and 3 brant

 

Sea Ducks (Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, and Eiders)

Season Dates and Daily Bag Limit Oct. 4 - Jan. 24 in Sea Duck Zone 5 (no more than 4 scoters) per day

 

Atlantic Population (AP) Canada Goose

Season Dates and Daily Bag Limit Nov. 15 - Nov. 28
Dec. 18 - Jan. 24
1 per day

AP Hunt Zone: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties and that portion of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3, Prince George’s County east of Routes 3 and 301, and Charles County east of Route 301 to the VA state line.

 

Resident Population (RP) Canada Goose

Season Dates and Daily Bag Limit Nov. 15 - Nov. 28
Dec. 10 - Feb. 14
5 per day

RP Hunt Zone: Garrett, Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Washington Counties and that portion of Anne Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3, Prince George’s County west of Routes 3 and 301, and Charles County west of Route 301 to the VA state line.

 

Atlantic Brant

Season Dates and Daily Bag Limit Nov. 8 - Nov. 28
Dec. 3 - Jan. 20
3 per day

 

Greater Snow Geese

Season Dates and Daily Bag Limit Oct. 18 - Nov. 28
Dec. 6 - Jan. 31
Feb. 2 - Mar. 10*
15 per day, no possession limit

Note*: Season only open on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. during Feb. 2 - Mar. 10.

 

 

 

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