MD DNR to hold public meeting on waterfowl regulations
MD DNR will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed late season waterfowl hunting regulations at 7 p.m. on August 16 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. The proposed seasons and bag limits will be announced in early August after DNR receives the late season framework from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Public input is an important step in the seasons and bag limits selection process,” said Bill Harvey, DNR’s Game Bird Section Leader.
Finalized seasons and bag limits will be announced in early September. For a listing of the 2009-2010 Maryland Late Waterfowl Season regulations submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/lwfchart.asp.
Migratory birds are governed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunting regulations (seasons, bag limits, etc.) for migratory game birds are established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via the SRC (Service Regulation Committee) with the final rule made by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The SRC meets three times a year with representatives from each of the four Flyway Councils in the U.S. to discuss migratory game bird management regulatory issues. Specific concerns by Maryland sportsmen and other waterfowl enthusiasts are brought forward by Maryland biologists during the Technical Section Committee meetings as well as by the Maryland representative at Flyway Council meetings. However, majority rule of the Council determines the Flyway’s position.
Maryland citizens can voice their opinion on migratory bird issues at any time. Two formal opportunities are provided by the Department of Natural Resources for comment on seasons and bag limits. The first opportunity is at the March hearings held every other year when resident game species and early migratory seasons are discussed. The second opportunity is in late August when special waterfowl regulation hearings are conducted.
These meeting are important for Maryland waterfowlers, as they give the sportsmen a chance for input into how the seasons are established. Attending the meeting will also help the sportsmen understand the why behind some of the decisions in setting the bag limits and season lengths.
For more information on Maryland’s Waterfowling regulations visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/mgb.asp