Duck Hunting in Maryland

Maryland, Duck Hunting Nation State, Waterfowl Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting




Duck Statewide Harvest


Goose Statewide Harvest


No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually


Ducks Per Hunter


Geese Per Hunter


Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Season $130; three-day waterfowl and small-game $45

Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

With Atlantic Population Canada Geese, inland mallards and wood ducks, and big-water divers and sea ducks, Maryland has it all for waterfowlers.

It starts with the fabled Chesapeake Bay, which cuts through the eastern portion of mainland Maryland, separating it from the Delmarva Peninsula. The famed water offers excellent gunning for scoters and long-tailed ducks, plus canvasbacks, scaup, ringnecks, buffleheads and goldeneyes.

Mallards dominate the state's harvest, however, as hunters shot more than 28,000 during 2021-'22. Folks also take good numbers of gadwalls, black ducks, wood ducks and green-winged teal.

The state is also synonymous with East Coast goose hunting, and it's easy to see why. Maryland hunters shot more than 52,000 honkers in 2021-'22. Hunters also have some open-water opportunities for Atlantic brant.

Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area, a 29,000-some-acre property in southeastern Dorchester County, has the largest chunk of publicly owned tidal wetlands in the state. Hunters can find mallards and black ducks on its inland ponds and bluebills and other divers on larger bays and river shoreline. Many other WMAs, including 1,120-acre Taylors Island, also offer excellent waterfowl hunting.

— Compiled and written by Brian Lovett

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