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Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons for 2023-2024

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s 2023-2024 migratory game bird hunting seasons, the first of which began September 1st, 2023. Bag limits, season dates, and shooting hours can be found in the 2023-2024 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping. “September marks the beginning of the fall migration period and with that comes opportunities for hunters to head into the field as seasons open for mourning doves and early Canada geese.” said Wildlife and Heritage Acting Director Karina Stonesifer. “With Maryland’s abundant public hunting opportunities and rich outdoor heritage, the department encourages experienced hunters to introduce someone new to the sport this year, so more people may experience all Maryland’s outdoors has to offer.” Unless otherwise noted, official shooting hours begin 30 minutes before sunrise and end at sunset for all early migratory game bird hunting seasons. Season dates are as follows: Dove, split season First Season: Sept. 1 – Oct. 14 (note: shooting hours for this segment are noon to sunset) Second Season: Oct. 21 – Nov. 24 Third Season: Dec. 16 – Jan. 10, 2024 Woodcock, split season First Season: Oct. 21 – Nov. 24 Second Season: Jan. 11 – 27, 2024 Early resident Canada Goose Season […]

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