The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is responsible for hunting throughout the state. Waterfowl hunting for Black Duck, American Coot, Pintails, Mallards, Mergansers, Redheads, Brant, Wood Duck, Scoters, Eiders, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Scaup, Teal, Shovelers, Gadwall, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Ring-neck, Bufflehead, Ruddies, Mottled, Fulvous Whistling, and Long-tailed Ducks is allowed during season and within specified limits in some 82 public hunting lands, which include Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas (CWMAc), Natural Environmental Areas (NEAs), Natural Resource Management Areas (NRMAs), some state parks, and other public lands.
For detailed information, including maps on hunting areas, as well as hunting seasons, bag limits, and licensing requirements please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources or visit their web site at www.dnr.state.md.us.
In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates three National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) open to the public in Maryland -- Patuxent, Eastern Neck, and Blackwater -- However, none allow hunting. Please contact the refuge for specifics or visit their web site through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' refuge system web site at www.fws.gov/refuges.