Young Marylanders can hone their hunting skills with the help of an experienced adult Feb. 11 during the second of two Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days scheduled for the 2016-2017 hunting season.
Anyone 16 years of age or younger can hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private land when accompanied by a qualified adult.
“This is a great opportunity to engage young people – Maryland’s future hunters and trappers – in waterfowling,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto. “It’s also an opportunity to refresh the lessons learned in hunter safety and employ skills like placing decoys, calling birds and hunting with a retriever.”
All junior hunters and their adult mentors must carry valid Maryland hunting licenses. Youth hunters must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp but do not need to purchase a federal duck stamp if under 16 years of age.
The bag limits for Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days are the same as the regular seasons except:
One black duck may be taken;
Two Canada geese may be taken when hunting within the Atlantic Population Canada Goose Hunting Zone; and
Five Canada geese may be taken when hunting within the Atlantic Flyway Resident Population Canada Goose Hunting Zone.
Licenses, stamps and permits may be purchased online, by phone at 855-855-3906, at department service centers or at any one of more than 250 agents statewide.