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Maryland DNR Announces 2011-2012 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Annapolis, Md. (August 4, 2011) – The Maryland
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2011-2012
early migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The dove season marks the traditional start of hunting activity
each year in Maryland and will open September 1 and continue
through October 8. The second and third split seasons will be
November 12 through November 25 and December 21 through January
7.

Maryland’s woodcock season is split into two segments; October
29 through November 25 and January 12 through January 28.

“Atlantic Flyway states were offered a 45-day season for
woodcock this year, compared to a 30-day season in recent years,”
said Bill Harvey, DNR’s game bird section leader. “We added the
extra days at the beginning of the first segment and at the end of
the second segment.”

The early resident Canada goose season opens September 1 and
runs through September 15 in the eastern zone. In the western zone,
the season will continue through September 24. During the September
resident Canada goose season, hunters are allowed to use shotguns
capable of holding more than three shotshells and shooting hours
are extended to one-half hour after sunset.

The dates for the September teal season are September 16 to
September 30. A description of the September teal season zone can
be found at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/tealchart.asp.
Shooting hours for the September teal season are sunrise to
sunset.

All migratory bird hunters including landowners, who are
license-exempt, are required to obtain the Maryland Migratory Game
Bird Stamp/HIP Permit. Hunters must possess the printed receipt
showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp
while hunting migratory game birds.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and over must possess the Federal
Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp).
Hunters are still required to sign the Federal Migratory Bird
Hunting and Conservation Stamp and have it in their possession
while hunting waterfowl. Hunters may obtain federal duck stamps at
U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, DNR sport license
agents or online at www.duckstamp.com.

Hunters can purchase hunting licenses and Maryland Migratory
Game Bird Stamps/HIP Permits online through DNR’s website,
https://www2.md.wildlifelicense.com or by phone at 1-800-918-2870.
These new services compliment the existing 320 retail vendors
currently selling licenses, permits and stamps.

Nontoxic shot is required for hunting rails, snipe, waterfowl
and coots. In Maryland, no hunter may take rails and snipe while
possessing shot (either in shotshells or as loose shot for
muzzleloading) other than non-toxic shot approved for waterfowl by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Further, hunters may not use or
possess non-toxic shot larger than size number T (0.20 inches in
diameter), shotgun slugs, sabots, or pumpkin balls while hunting
waterfowl, coots, rails, and snipe. Approved types of nontoxic shot
and other information on migratory bird hunting is listed in the
2011-2012 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each
hunting license or on the DNR website:
http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/hunt_trap/gamebird/non_toxic.asp

Official shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to
sunset for all migratory game bird hunting EXCEPT for: mourning
doves during the first season segment, when shooting hours are from
noon to sunset; for teal, during the September season, shooting
hours are sunrise to sunset and during early September resident
Canada goose season, shooting hours are one-half hour before
sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

A table listing the dates and bag limits for Maryland’s
2011-2012 webless migratory game bird hunting seasons is available
at:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting/2011%e2%80%932012-webless-migratory-game-bird-seasons-bag-limits.

A table listing the dates and bag limits for Maryland’s
2011-2012 early resident Canada goose is available at:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting/2011-early-resident-canada-goose-seasons-bag-limits.

For September teal seasons and bag limits, visit
www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/tealchart.asp.

Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds by
calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or through the Internet at
www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl.

 

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