Taking aim on hunting season It's not too soon to apply for permits

OUTDOORS

September 07, 1993|By PETER BAKER

Firearms seasons for deer and waterfowl are more than a month away, but now is the time to get in line for a chance at hunts on three prime areas -- Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area and McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

The Blackwater refuge in Dorchester County will open more than 6,680 acres for a quota deer hunt on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, during the firearms season, and a non-quota bow hunt from Oct. 16 to Nov. 13.

Wye Island again will hold bow hunts for deer from Nov. 9 to Nov. 26 and allow waterfowl hunting from pit blinds on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during Maryland's seasons.

At McKee-Beshers in Montgomery County, a permit will be required to hunt waterfowl on the 1,960-acre tract this year.

At Blackwater, where there is no waterfowl hunt, bowhunters will not be required to apply for a permit, but they must pay a $10 seasonal entrance fee and present photo identification and a valid Maryland hunting license at the refuge before hunting.

Participants in the firearms hunt at Blackwater will be determined by lottery drawing on Oct. 5, with permit applications ($5 fee) required to be postmarked by Sept. 30.

Applications may be picked up from the refuge visitors center or requested by mail (Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Md. 21613).

Full name, address and preferred hunting area must be included on the application, and hunters may apply to hunt either day, although only one day will be granted.

A total of 370 permits will be issued, including a limited number for permanently disabled hunters.

Scouting days for those who receive permits are Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

With all applications, hunters should include a self-addressed and stamped return envelope.

Applications for the Wye Island deer bow hunt and waterfowl pit dates ($25 fee per day) are due by the close of business Oct. 13. Applications may be obtained by writing Department of Natural Resources, State Forest and Park Service, Tawes State Office Building E-3, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Permits for the McKee-Beshers tract will be issued by random lottery and applications are due by Oct. 1, before the 10 a.m. drawing. For permit applications, write to DNR Seneca District Wildlife Office, 11960 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878.

Seventy permits will be issued for each hunting day during the first two splits of duck season, proposed to be Oct. 15-16 and Nov. 25-26.

Waterfowl for this hunt include blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, mallard and wood duck.

PROPOSED SEASONS

The following proposed waterfowl seasons have been forwarded by Maryland to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval for the 1993-94 seasons. Shooting hours for all waterfowl nationwide are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Canada geese

35 days: One bird per day for the first 20 days and two birds per day for the following 15 days.

.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Daily .. .. .. .. ..Poss.

Dates .. .. .. .. ..limit .. .. .. .. ..limit

Nov. 22-26 .. .. .. ..1 .. .. .. .. .. ...2

Dec. 13-27 .. .. .. ..1 .. .. .. .. .. ...2

Dec. 28-Jan. 11 .. ...2 .. .. .. .. .. ...4

Snow geese

Oct. 23-Nov. 26 ... ..4 .. .. .. .. .. ...8

Dec. 1-Feb. 10 .. .. .4 .. .. .. .. .. ...8

Brant

Nov. 24-26 .. .. .. ..2 .. .. .. .. .. ...4

Dec. 13-Jan. 8 .. ....2 .. .. .. .. .. ...4

Sea ducks

Oct. 8-Jan. 20 .. .. .5 .. .. .. .. .. ..10

Note: Daily limit on scoters is four, and possession limit is eight.

Ducks

Oct. 15-16: excluding black ducks

Nov. 25-26: including black ducks

Dec. 14-Jan. 8: including black ducks

Duck limits: Three per day, which may include no more than one mallard hen, one pintail, two wood ducks, one redhead, one fulvous tree duck, one mottled duck and one black duck (when in season). Canvasback and harlequin are closed. Mergansers: Daily limit of five, of which one may be a hooded merganser. Coots: Daily bay limit of 15.

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