DNR releases stats on deer hunting

OUTDOORS

August 22, 1993|By LONNY WEAVER

A total of 929 deer were taken by Anne Arundel County hunters during last year's September to January seasons, according to official figures just released by the Department of Natural Resources figures.

County bowhunters accounted for 292, of which 175 whitetails were antlered bucks. Shotgun hunters bagged 556 deer, of which 249 were bucks, during Maryland's first-ever two-week firearms hunt. During the December muzzleloader season, a total of 81 deer (24 bucks and 57 does) were harvested.

The top county was Garrett with 5,000. Washington County was second with 4,430 deer, followed closely by Allegany County's 4,419. Statewide, Maryland deer hunters harvested 51,098.

Josh Sandt, the DNR's director of wildlife, said that, "we could probably even lengthen the present two-week firearms season, but instead, we are looking hard at other alternatives."

Sandt, a former manager of the Maryland deer herd and avid deer hunter, said that instead of an even longer firearms season in the future, we probably would be seeing changes made to the bow and muzzleloader seasons. Informed thinkers close to the deer hunting scene are predicting some form of an early muzzleloader hunter as early as next October or early November.

"Though we have only had the benefit of studying last year's new

two-week firearms hunt, we see no danger to the herd's size," Sandt said.

Sandt said that "the deer herd in western Maryland's public land tracts may actually have decreased slightly this year, but on the other hand, we have sizable increases in the deer population in central and southern Maryland, as well as the lower Eastern Shore. As a result, you may see us go to more zoned hunts in the future."

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Wild turkey time

The Central Maryland Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will conduct its quarterly meeting and family picnic at the Buckingham Forest Tree Nursery Saturday beginning at noon. The nursery is located at Dorsey Road and Camp Meade Road.

1% Activities include a catch-and-re

lease fishing tournament for kids with prizes for largest bass, crappie and bluegill, a water safety demonstration and an instructional tour of the nursery. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be plentiful.

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Dove hunting sites

Dove season gets under way Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 23, and it is one of the area's most popular hunts.

Most dove hunting is done on private lands, which is an obstacle to some. Luckily, the state's Wildlife Division makes a number of public dove fields available.

Though none are located within Anne Arundel County, here are a few that are nearby, along with hunting times and numbers to call for details:

* Huntingtown's Management Area in Calvert County, 15 acres., Sept. 1, then Tuesday and Saturday. Call (301) 372-8128.

* Hugg-Thomas Management Area in Howard County, eight acres, Monday through Saturday. Call (410) 356-9272.

* Chapel Point State Park in Charles County, 10 acres, Monday through Saturday. Call (301) 743-5161.

* Indian Creek Management Area in Charles County, 12 acres, Monday through Saturday. Call (301) 372-8128.

* McKee-Beshers Management Area in Montgomery County, 15 acres, Monday through Saturday. Call (301) 258-7308.

* Cheltenham Management Area in Prince George's County, 20 acres, Wednesday and Saturday. Call (301) 372-8128.

* Spice Creek Management Area in Prince George's County, 10 acres, Sept. 1 then Tuesday and Saturday. Call (301) 372-8128.

* Nottingham Management Area in Prince George's County, 20 acres, Sept. 1 and 4, then Thursday and Saturday. Call (301) 372-8128.

* Milltown Landing Management Area, Prince George's County, 15 acres, Sept. 1 then Tuesday and Saturday. Call (301) 372-8128.

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