DNR plan calls for Canada goose season of 51 days


September 26, 1990|By PETER BAKER

The Department of Natural Resources has submitted its plan for seasons and bag limits during Maryland's 1990-91 waterfowl hunting season to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is expected to approve the plan as submitted.

Under the DNR plan, the Canada goose season will be 51 days with a bag limit of one goose per day in the first 16 days of the season and two per day for the last 35 days.

The first session of Canada goose season will open Nov. 14 and run through Nov. 23. The second session will run from Dec. 3 through Jan. 12, with no hunting on Sunday, Dec. 9. The two-goose limit will take effect on Dec. 10.

The initial proposal made by the DNR's Forest, Park and Wildlife Service called for a 47-day split season. The final proposal submitted to

the USFWS extended the season and was the result of improved information on the status of Maryland's wintering Canada goose population and public comment during four public hearings earlier this year.

The preferred duck season was

extended by one Saturday as the result of public comment at the hearings held in March.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to sanction Maryland's choice of seasons and bag limits without change because they are consistent with federal guidelines.

Under the Migratory Treaty Bird Act, the federal government has the ultimate responsibility for setting waterfowl hunting seasons.

A public meeting to discuss proposed creel limits, allocations and proposed seasons for striped bass in 1991-92 will be held Oct. 1 at the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Harry S Truman Parkway in Annapolis at 6 p.m.

The meeting, called by the Department of Natural Resources Striped Bass Advisory Board, will

deal with recreational, charter and commercial restrictions and regulations.

As part of the 1990 striped-bass season, which is to run from Oct. 5 to Nov. 9, recreational fishermen are being asked to help in two monitoring programs set up by the DNR.

The programs have been set up to estimate the number of striped bass caught by recreational fishermen.

The telephone interviews will be conducted at random with licensed fishermen and will consist of questions about whether they went fishing, and if so, there will be follow-up questions.

The waterside interviews will be made by creel-limit clerks who will ask similar questions of fishermen at marinas, piers, bridges and boat ramps in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

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