2022-2023 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Begins

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the state’s 2022-2023 migratory game bird hunting seasons. Bag limits, season dates and shooting times can be found in the Maryland Hunting and Trapping Guide.

“Hunters in Maryland look forward to September as September marks the start of the fall hunting season,” said Paul Peditto, director of the wildlife and heritage department. “Maryland’s diverse landscape and its wonderful access to the public domain offer exciting opportunities for experienced hunters and newcomers alike.

Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The season dates are as follows. Shooting times begin 30 minutes before sunrise and end at sunset for all migratory game bird hunting seasons, except as noted below:

Dove, demi-season

  • First season: September 1 to October 15 (shooting times are noon to sunset)
  • Second season: October 22 to November 25
  • Third season: from December 15 to January 7, 2023

Woodcock, mid-season

  • First season: October 19 to November 25
  • Second season: from January 9 to 21, 2023

First resident season of the Canada Goose

  • East Zone: September 1 to 15
  • West Zone: September 1 to 24

For the start of Canada goose season, hunters are permitted to use shotguns capable of holding more than three rounds. Shooting times are extended from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.

Teal, September Season

Shooting times will be half an hour before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is six teal.

All migratory bird hunters, including license-exempt landowners, must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/Harvest Information Program Permit and possess the printed receipt during the hunt. All waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older must have 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 departmental service center or one of 250 sports licensing agents.

Hunters are encouraged to report ringed migratory birds online. After reporting the banded bird, hunters will receive a certificate of appreciation that includes all known biological information about the bird they collected.

Hunters with questions can contact the department at 410-260-8540.


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