The proposed 2014-2015 late waterfowl hunting seasons and bag limits are now available. DNR will accept public comment on the proposed regulations through August 19, to be finalized in early September after DNR reviews citizens input and obtains approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The proposed youth waterfowl hunting days are November 1 and February 7. These special youth hunting days are part of a national effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies to increase participation in the rich tradition of waterfowl hunting.
The proposed regular duck season opener would run October 11 through 18. The second and third split seasons would be November 8 through 28, and December 16 through January 24.
The proposed Atlantic Population (migrant) Canada goose season is split into two parts, November 22 through 28, and December 16 through February 4.
DNR will host a public meeting to review this year’s waterfowl population status and to collect comments on the proposed hunting seasons at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 18 at Chesapeake College, 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679. The meeting will be held in Room 110 in the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center (building 14 on the Campus Map).
Citizens who are unable to attend the meeting may comment on the proposed season dates and bag limits online; by phone at 410-260-8540; by fax at 410-260-8596; or in writing to: Director, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The public comment period on the proposed regulations will close at 12 p.m. on August 19, 2014.