Hunters tally 700 deer on season's opening day

November 30, 1992

This year's deer season got off to a fast start in Carroll Count as hunters brought more than 700 deer to the five local checking stations by late Saturday, the opening day of deer rifle season.

Bucks generally outnumbered does among the deer taken, although C & C Taxidermy in Melrose reported that hunters brought in nearly three times as many does as bucks.

No shooting injuries to hunters were reported. Carroll County General Hospital's emergency room treated four hunting accident victims, nurse Janet Steakin reported. She said two hunters were treated for lacerations and sent home and that one was sent to the operating room with a fractured ankle.

Ms. Steakin said she had no information about the fourth accident victim.

"We've heard a lot of shooting going on. So far we've been lucky," said Dexter Parham, owner of Parham Taxidermy in Reese.

Mr. Parham said he feared that injuries might occur this year because hunters are allowed to shoot does without a permit.

Parham Taxidermy had checked in about 100 deer by late afternoon, C & C Taxidermy about 200, Harvey's General Store in Taneytown about 250 and The Gun Shack in Mount Airy about 60.

At Fish Maryland in Eldersburg, owner Larry Dobrovolny tallied 67 bucks, 30 does and 12 button bucks. The latter are young deer that have not yet grown racks of antlers but have knobs.

None of the checking stations reported any hunters bringing in ++ livestock they had mistaken for deer.

To stabilize what wildlife management experts say is a burgeoning deer population, the state Department of Natural Resources expanded the 1992 season for whitetail deer to two weeks.

There are better alternatives, said Amy Bertsch, spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. When food supplies drop, a doe may absorb her fetus instead of carrying it to term, a form of natural birth control, she said.

Ms. Bertsch also said some efforts at birth control among wildlife have been successful.

Hunt sabotages in suburban Maryland and Virginia have been organized by the Fund for Animals. The PETA group also opposes hunting.

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