DEER SEASON AT A GLANCE
Hunters killed 46,407 deer in Maryland this past season, which was up slightly over the previous year (46,317), according to the Wildlife Division of the Department of Natural Resources. Of the total kill, 22,077 were antlered and 24,330 were antlerless.
Hunters using modern firearms accounted for 30,727 kills, wit40 percent of that harvest coming on opening day.
The bow kill increased to 9,722 this season, from 8,605 in the prior season.
The muzzleloader harvest also was up, increasing to 4,742 from 4,640.
Harvest data collected by Wildlife Division personnel indicated that 59 percent of the antlered deer taken were yearlings with an average weight of 103 pounds.
Cecil County had the largest average weight for yearling bucks (123 pounds), and the lowest average weight (86 pounds) came in Dorchester and Allegany counties.
Flounder fishing has been very good near Chincoteague, Va., with many fishermen taking their daily limit of 10. In Maryland waters, the first flounder of the season were checked in last weekend at Ocean City. They were caught in the Thoroughfare on drifted minnows. The minimum size for flounder taken in Maryland waters is 13 inches.
Mackerel runs are still going in Ocean City. Charles Nichols of the Ocean City Fishing Center said scattered catches of sea trout also have been reported.
been slow going in the Chesapeake proper, except for reports of scattered sea trout catches at the mouth of the bay. However, the upper reaches of the tidal tributaries are giving up good catches of catfish, crappie, perch and bass.
Good spots on the Eastern Shore are the Pocomoke near Snow Hill, the Wicomico near Salisbury, the Choptank near Denton, Tuckahoe and Marshyhope creeks, and the Little Blackwater River. The Chester River below Millington, and the Corsica River also have been good spots.
DIf you like to use live bait, try shiners for bass and crappie, clam snouts for catfish and grass shrimp or bloodworms for white perch.
On the Western Shore, the Patuxent River near the Route 214 bridge has been good for white perch, as has the Susquehanna near Lapidum and the North East River near Red Point.
The Susquehanna, Corsica, Chester and Patapsco near Belle Grove Road have been good locations for catfish when using chicken livers or cut bait fished on the bottom.
the Gunpowder and Middle rivers, bass fishing is improving, with largemouths starting to move into shallower water.
freshwater, bass are moving toward the coves and creeks at Conowingo, Liberty, Piney Run and Loch Raven. Crappie have been hitting small shiners near drop-offs at Conowingo, Liberty, Loch Raven and Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge.
Trout fishing has been very good on floating minnows the past two weeks at Deep Creek Lake and yellow perch have been actively taking night crawlers over rocky bottoms.
the fly-fishing front, the Gunpowder and Savage rivers and Hunting Creek all have been in very good condition.
The spring turkey season opens Saturday and will run through May 16, excluding Sundays. The bag limit is one bearded turkey per season. If no turkey was taken in the fall season, two bearded turkeys may be taken in the spring, but not on the same day and in some cases not in the same county.
The open counties are Allegany, Calvert, Dorchester (south of route 50), Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Kent (east of Route 50), Montgomery, Somerset, Queen Anne's (east of route 301), Washington and Worcester.
Dorchester, Howard, Kent, Somerset and Queen Anne's, only one turkey may be taken.
Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.
Legal weapons are shotguns that hold three or fewer shells, muzzleloading shotguns, and long, recurve and compound bows. Legal shot sizes are 4, 5 and 6.
April 23-26: The Annapolis Spring Boat Show sponsored by Marine Trades Association of Maryland and the Yacht Architects and Brokers Association. New and used boats, gear and services. The show, at the Annapolis Yacht Basin, will be open 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Call (410) 268-8828.
April 26: Black powder clinic for muzzleloaders only at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preregistration and fee required. Call (301) 461-3007.
April 29: Monthly meeting of Maryland Fly Anglers at Ridge Garden Apartments on Old Harford Road, 7 p.m. The speaker will be Dave Blazer of DNR on the catch-and-release program. The public is invited. Call (410) 825-2695.
May 1-3: Wildflower Camping Weekend for nature enthusiasts at Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland. Activities include field trips, canoe trips, bird walks and evening campfires. Reservations are required. Call (301) 777-2138 or (301) 777-2139.
May 2: Mid Atlantic Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Mini-Conclave at the American Legion Hall in Thurmont. Afternoon workshop followed by general meeting and dinner. Call (717) 566-9540.