Rabbit, quail seasons set waterfowl due

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August 08, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The questions regarding waterfowl seasons have not been resolved, but Maryland has finalized its 1993-1994 hunting dates and bag limits for upland and forest game.

Waterfowl dates -- including what may be as few as 18 days for migratory Canada geese -- are expected to be released this week.

The major changes in hunting regulations are:

* Rabbit season has been extended one week to offset a population increase and the week lost during the second week of firearms season for deer.

* The quail season has been shortened by two weeks in the eastern zone (areas east of Interstate 83, I-695 and I-95) to offset the impact of late-season harvest and declining populations.

Earlier, the Department of Natural Resources said it will hold an experimental season on resident Canada geese from Sept. 7-15 in the 14 counties west of the Chesapeake Bay. The bag limit will be three per day.

Mapping your hunting

If you are looking for a place to start when sorting out hunting areas, DeLorme Mapping's Maryland/Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer might offer a good beginning.

"This atlas is for people who want to leave the main roads behind," said Eric Riback, DeLorme's vice president for marketing.

The topographic maps in the atlas are drawn to a scale of 1 inch to 1.6 miles and show detail down to small streams, trails and abandoned railroad rights of way.

The atlas will not replace the federal topographic maps, but it will give you a good idea of where to start.

The maps also show forests, wetlands, dams, boat ramps, power lines, pipelines and airplane landing strips as well as points of interest for fishermen, canoeists, bikers and tourists.

The cost of the atlas is $14.95. Call (800) 227-1656 (ext. 7303) for the name of the nearest dealer.

Bald eagle nesting down

Maryland's 17th annual survey of bald eagle nesting in the state showed 152 pairs in 18 counties. Of those pairs, 66 percent nested successfully, producing 168 young, the lowest number since 1983.

"The late-winter storms and severe winds came at a time of the year when eagle nests were most vulnerable to the effects of the weather," said Torrey C. Brown, secretary of DNR. "As a result, a higher number of eggs and young were lost."

Bald eagles nest early and some lay eggs in late January, although most lay their eggs in late February or early March.

Glenn Therres, supervisor of Maryland's bald eagle recovery effort, said that the total number of breeding pairs was equal to last year's count, which was the highest since the bird was listed as endangered in 1967.

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