Our legendary puddle
duck hunting is conducted on our forty
drained and planted impoundments. They
encompass several hundred acres and over
18,000 bushels of seed. These impoundments
have been planted in standing corn, sorghum,
millet, and moist soil plants creating
a smorgasbord of food sources for the
Sanctuary areas along the Chester
River and several of its creeks provide
us with the rest areas necessary to
manage thousands of wild ducks.
Our impoundments are flooded throughout
the season bringing fresh food to the
table all season long. Wells have been
drilled to supplement the winter rainfall
for timely water management. Bubblers
are put out to maintain open water even
during the coldest temperature.
Blinds have been established out in
the impoundments providing close in
shots on decoying birds. Chest waders
are strongly recommended for entry to
most of our blinds.
The primary species harvested are
mallards and black ducks. Wood ducks,
green wing teal, widgeon, pintail, canvasback
and lesser scaup make up the rest of
the bag depending on the time of the
year and areas being hunted. Maryland
currently has a 60 day season with a
five bird limit.