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Maryland - 2016-17 Season

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Species/SeasonDatesNotes
Canada Goose
September
Western Zone
Sep 1 - Sep 24Unplugged shotguns may be used.
Open in: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County east of I-895, I-97 and Route 3; and that part of Prince George's County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 301.
Canada Goose
September
Eastern Zone
Sep 1 - Sep 15Unplugged shotguns may be used.
Open in: Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery & Washington counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County west of I-895, I-97 and Route 3; and that part of Prince George's County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County west of Route 301.
Canada Goose
Late Resident Population (RP)
Nov 19 - Nov 25
Dec 13 - Mar 8
Includes Canada, cackling, & white-fronted geese
RP Zone: Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington Counties; and that portion of Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and that portion of Prince George's County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County west of Route 301.
Canada Goose
Atlantic Population (AP)
Nov 19 - Nov 25
Dec 16 - Feb 4
AP Zone: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; and that portion of Prince George's County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301.
Teal
September
Sep 16 - Sep 30Open in: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County east of I-895, I-97 and Route 3; and that part of Prince George's County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 301.
Duck, Coot, MerganserOct 15 - Oct 22
Nov 12 - Nov 25
Dec 13 - Jan 28
Black DuckNov 12 - Nov 25
Dec 13 - Jan 28
Sea DuckNov 5 - Jan 13
Light GooseOct 1 - Nov 25
Dec 12 - Feb 4
Feb 11
Light Goose Conservation OrderNov 28 - Dec 10
Feb 6 - Feb 10
Feb 13 - Apr 15
Hunters may use unplugged shotguns & electronic calls.
Open in: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; that portion of Prince George's County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line. The Special Sea Duck Zone is excluded from this hunt area.
Atlantic BrantNov 8 - Nov 25
Dec 12 -Jan 31
SwanN/ANo Open Season on Tundra, Trumpeter or Mute swans
Youth Hunting DaysNov 5
Feb 11
Open to licensed hunters aged 15 and younger with proof of purchase of a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp for the current year. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed, non-hunting adult (21+). Bag limits are the same as regular seasons.

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpecies/SeasonDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks & Mergansers6, including no more than:
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 2 scaup
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 hooded mergansers
  • 2 canvasbacks
  • 1 black duck (in-season only)
  • 1 fulvous tree duck
  • 1 mottled duck
Sea Ducks5, including no more than
  • 4 scoters
  • 4 long-tailed ducks
  • 4 eiders
Coots15
Canada GeeseAP: 2
RP: 5
Light Geese25, no possession limit
Light Goose Conservation OrderNo bag or possession limits
Brant2
Hunting TimesSeason/AreaTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Canada Goose
September
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Light Goose Conservation Order1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
ShotMust be non-toxic, size T or smaller
ArcheryCrossbows are prohibited