Photo of Duck Hunter at Sunset courtesy of Larry Hindman - Wildlife & Heritage Service

Public Comment Record on Maryland's
Proposed 2014-2015 Late Waterfowl Seasons

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8/18/2014
Close duck season on the last possible day allowed under the Federal framework. Take time from the November split if needed. The February 4th closing for AP geese is a great move. The early split is largely wasted since we don't get birds until later. - R. G.

8/18/2014
I firmly believe closing the Duck season on the 3rd split on January 24th is WAY to early. Traditionally the season ends the last Saturday of January. I think it should be January 31st. In fact if there was a change at all I would extend it into February like suggested for Canada Geese. If extending the last split a week requires eliminating a week from another split, I would suggest removing the first week in the November split. - F. N

8/17/2014
Many open water duck hunters would rather have a season that lasts to the end of January as goose season does so we have more of the flats freeze up that pushes the birds south. thank you - S. M.

8/17/2014
All of the surrounding states have longer seasons and 3-4 bag limits. We all know u will never go back to 3 bird limit so why don't u at least give us a 60 day season so we can break even on land rent. Make a 2 week season in November and add 1 week into February. It would help us all greatly and wouldn't increase the total kill enough to b significant. If everyone else gets way more than us in MD why can't we at least get a little. - Capt. M. H.

8/15/2014
Once again, solid job by DNR and more specifically Wildlife and Heritage with the season dates and length. Two youth day hunts are appreciated. Great job on extending the AP goose season till Feb 4th and keeping duck season open as long as the Feds will allow. All the proposals put forward make sense and I support their adoption. - S. H.

8/15/2014
Instead of the Canada Goose season going into february why not have it start and end following the duck season like it did years ago. - J. S.

8/15/2014
The resident goose population on the eastern shore is out of control. I understand the 8 goose limit during early resident season but the 2 goose limit during the "Atlantic population" season is far short of the limit needed to stem the extensive growth of resident flocks. Please review this for next season. - J. M.

8/14/2014
Shorten the nov cut by 7 days and add it to the end of the season. Ducks arrive later and later and we can't hunt when the finally arrive. - J. H.

8/14/2014
Due to climatic changes affecting migration ……ducks arrive later…good numbers are not here until the proposed season is into the third split……move the opening to the beginning of second split and extend the closing into late February…….I am sure you must have been considering this for several years now…..it needs to happen. - J. B.

8/14/2014
After reading the federal recommendations for water fowl, I would like to see the duck season extended into february and to coincide with the proposed goose season. I have spoke to many hunters and the general consensus is there should be a three goose limit, the reason this should be considered is because the hunters in the state of maryland could provide some much needed tax revenue and economy boost, you ask how let me explain, there are alot of hunters who refuse to buy licenses and accessories because of the goose limit, the feds agree numbers are up so why not increase the limit one more goose and give the hunters a chance to bring back some revenue. This is multifacited, the farmers would be able to rent there land for more money which then in turn generates more income tax, the purchase of shells,clothing food, it's a no brainer the numbers are up try it for one year, most hunters are taking there money to other states like the mid west and up north because of liberal bag limits. both the goose and duck seasons should be in at the same times this makes no sense, the hunters would like the oppurtunity to hunt both while taking the time to set out there rigs, this is alot of work and when you hold one season up for a week or two in makes it tough for the hunters, again the numbers are up i have read the reports, please try and get this right the out come is success for all involved. - P. L.

8/13/2014
I would like to suggest moving the last day of the duck hunting season to the last Saturday in January, the 31st. - M. L.

8/13/2014
I would like to see the early muzzleloader not overlap the October season for ducks. Ending the late duck season on the last Saturday of January would be nice for those who work and are looking forward to the one day per week we have to duck hunt. In that regard opening a few Sundays for ducks would be a nice change as well. Seeing canvasbacks down to 1 this year is a little disheartening but understandable seeing population change numbers. Considering the population change numbers for all other species except pintails extending the late season to the last day of January should be feasible. Thank you. - S. W.

8/12/2014
I fully support the proposed late season dates for the AP Canada Goose Season. I have hunted the shore since the early 70's and make two observations: 1) the geese are pushed here usually in waves in December and January unless a very cold, snowy and EARLY winter is experienced from Pensylvania northward. While this was the case last year, it is the exception, not the rule. Late December, January, and early February are PRIME! 2) the early migrants that do come directly and early to the shore beginning in late September are often put under tremendous pressure during the early November season because there are just not that many geese here yet. so we are killing those birds "patterned" to migrate directly and early to Maryland. This does make much sense in my opinion. - P. G.

8/12/2014
Please consider having the duck and goose seasons coincide with each other throughout the entire seasons as they have in past years. Extending the goose season til Feb. 4th is not justified and only delays the start of the snow goose c.o. season. - T. M.

8/12/2014
The proposed "end of duck season" is not ending on the last Saturday of January. The last Saturday in January has historically been the end of waterfowl season and usually the best week of the season. We need to have freezing temperatures north of us to move the birds down. Generally that happens toward the end of the month. Also, don't understand why goose limits east of RT301 cannot be increased to at least 3+ instead of 2. Just 10 miles west of my house the limit is 5 and its the same birds I am typically hunting and the limit is 5---not your problem but I have no hunting property on that side of RT301. It has never made any sense to me why the difference. If nothing else, please post rational. For once, please apply these comments and adjust the Proposed Late Waterfowl Season. - C. B.

8/12/2014
I agree with and support the extension of the AP Goose season. However, in recent years the diving ducks are not even into the lower shore in decent numbers for more than 10 days.I would really like to see the 3rd split continue until January 31st, 2015. Additionally, as a avid deer hunter as well, I do not see any reason why waterfowl seasons and firearms seasons for deer cannot coexist safety wise. If it is a population control issue, I still believe that you could overlap the first week or last week. - S. O'C.

8/12/2014
Please consider making the end of duck season the last Saturday of January. The last Saturday in January is typically the end of waterfowl season and usually ends the best week. We need to have freezing temperatures north of us to move the birds down. Generally that happens toward the end of the month. - D. E.

8/12/2014
I would rather have a 2 week Ap goose season in Nov. That way we could target both ducks and geese. I only hunt by boat and the water ways will be froze in Feb.I do not have the money to rent land to hunt them from a blind in a field. Thanks - J. L.

8/11/2014
While I am always appreciative of any days in the field, I have to say I find it sort of an insult to end the Waterfowl Season mid-week as you did last year. It is as if you are saying, you can have extra days but we'll make it so no one can hunt those days which has the same effect as limiting the season. - D. W.

8/11/2014
I support the proposed changes for goose season. Please move forward with them.

8/11/2014
Would like to see the late Goose for the Western side of Route 301 in Charles County, to also include the Eastern side of Route 301 for the same time frame. Best Regards C. D. C., II

8/11/2014
The proposed late goose season is a great idea! But I don't understand why they would end the regular duck season on January 24th which lands on a Tuesday . It should end the 28th which is on a Saturday . So more working people will have a chance to enjoy the last day . - D. D.

8/11/2014
As a licensed hunter and someone who works a 40 hour week this should be allowed. We already get penalized by not being able to hunt on Sundays which is a draconian law to begin with. Effectively if you work Monday to Friday you can hunt one day a week. Extending the season is a good start to changing the laws. I would also like to see the Sunday hunting laws be changed, as well as a population study done to maybe change the 2 goose limit. To believe that only Charles county holds non migratory geese is ridiculous. The laws and regulations need to be updated with the times and not just recycled year after year with no thought. Hopefully this is the beginning to much needed change. - K. G.

8/10/2014
I support the proposed late waterfowl seasons for Canada and Light Geese. - C. T.

8/10/2014
Yes (DNR) The migratory goose season is right! We all have known for years most our birds don't show up till mid to end of Jan. Now give the working man a chance and allow hunting on Sunday's Please! - M. W.

8/10/2014
Need to increase the Canada geese bag limit for st marys county, from 2 to 5. There are thousands of these birds in the fields of st marys county. Often times I've limited out within a half hour. Just a 50 minute drive north to Charles county, the bag limit is 5 and is considered a resident area. I would encourage raising the limit to three per day for all counties in the Atlantic Population and seeing what it does to the population. - E.B.

8/8/2014
I think you (DNR) have the migratory goose season just about right. Would like to be able to hunt on Sunday's however. - J. B.

8/8/2014
Thanks for the extra RP late season days over last year that will be welcomed by RP hunters on the Western Shore. - S. M.

8/7/2014
I would like to see the 3rd split of duck season shifted back a few days. If the split would start Saturday, Dec 20 it would extend the season at the end. In my experience, the last 2 weeks of duck season in January are the best times to harvest wigeon, pintails, gadwall, and many other beautiful species of duck that are not as common in MD. In the beginning of December, most divers have not shown up yet, or are still getting adjusted to the area. I believe it would benefit not only hunters, but the ducks in the MD area to give them the extra time to adjust and find food sources during the migration into MD waterways. Thank you for your consideration. - C. B.

8/7/2014
I would love to see the October season not coincide with the early muzzleloader season. Here in the western part of the state we hunt many of the same areas as deer hunters do. This always causes conflict with the deer hunting crowd. I'm sure its aggravating to be in a treestand when you hear a group open up on a beaver pond at some woodies. This has been a longstanding issue and I feel it would be an easy fix. Thanks for the consideration. - N. R.

8/6/2014
I want to start out by saying we do need good wildlife management. I have heard that the Canvasback limits will be reduced this year. I feel as though the count is always on that borderline between 2 birds and 1 even closed. This makes me wonder just how accurate the counts are from year to year, because the birds change where they nest due to habitat conditions. Anyway, how about a 2 bird limit of drakes only? Also, I know this is going to go over well!!! The Atlantic flyway seems to hold a larger percentage of Canvasbacks out of the overall population than the other flyways. However, the other flyways have a much larger population of ducks of all other species. Why not allow the Atlantic flyway 2 Canvasbacks and the other flyways 1 Canvasback? This has been done with other species in the past! We are not fortunate enough to get many Redheads in the majority of the Atlantic flyway. The other flyways have a much greater opportunity when you take into consideration the variety of species they hold. - T. H.

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