The Maryland Department of Natural Resources finalized the 2014-2015 late waterfowl seasons after reviewing all public comment and consulting with members of the Wildlife Advisory Commission and Migratory Game Bird Advisory Committee.

The highlights include:

  • Youth waterfowl hunting days on November 1, 2014 and February 7, 2015;
  • Regular duck hunting season segments October 11-18, November 8-28 and December 16-January 24, with a daily bag limit of six;
  • Migratory Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting segments November 22-28 and December 16-February 4, with a daily bag limit of two; and

All migratory game bird hunters, including landowners who are license-exempt, must purchase the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/HIP Permit. All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must also possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp), which must be signed in ink across the face. Hunters buying the federal stamp online may use the purchase code or printed receipt to show proof of purchase for 45 days. Hunters will receive their stamp in the mail from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within this time frame.

Licenses, stamps and permits may be purchased online via COMPASS, by phone at 1-855-855-3906, at a DNR Service Center or at any one of the more than 250 Sport License Agents across the State. For more information, visit

DNR reminds waterfowl hunters that boating safety becomes even more critical during the fall and winter months as daylight decreases, water temperatures drop and fewer people are on the water to assist in the event of an emergency.