ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources Police are reminding hunters about state and federal regulations on waterfowl hunting.

Authorities say it’s only allowed on agricultural fields if they have been properly harvested or left in their natural state.

Officials are pointing out that this year’s tropical storms and hurricanes resulted in some crops not being harvested. Those fields cannot be hunted legally if the unharvested crops have been mowed or knocked down.

It’s also unlawful to hunt waterfowl in areas where small grains have been top sown or broadcast on top of the soil, leaving the grain available to feeding birds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. This is stupid says:

    These are some of the most idiotic rules I have ever heard of. Next you won’t be able to hunt water fowl if the are on the water. I thought the purpose of hunting was to control the populations of animals so that they don’t become so over adbundant that the actually cause harm to themselves by being over populated with disease and starvation. So if these fields were not properly harvested that means there is alot of food for these animals to eat. And the different types of waterfowl will start to stay here year round like canadian geese have done over the last couple of decades because there is so much food and there is no reason for them to miagrate back and forth. And we all know how bad they have gotten, I mean you cannot go to some golf courses and enjoy a round of golf, because you are either dodging the birds or all the waste they leave behind on the greens. And its like this at alot of places I like going fishing at. To me it sounds like another way for the state to make money, they are going to fine hunters for this and these type of fines are not cheap.

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