Deer season opening for bow hunters A record harvest expected by Jan.

September 12, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

The white-tailed deer season opens Wednesday for bow hunters, and officials from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources expect a record deer harvest before the last legal shot is fired Jan. 31.

Because the deer population is up, the seasons for bow, firearms and muzzleloaders have been extended in an effort to stabilize the growth of the deer herd, DNR officials said Friday.

The deer bow season runs for 17 weeks; the deer firearms season lasts two weeks, opening Nov. 27. The firearms season was extended from one week to two weeks last year. This year's two-week season is only the second time this century that firearms hunting was lengthened.

DNR statistics for 1992 show that hunters harvested more than 51,000 white-tailed and Sika deer in Maryland last year. The Harford County count was 2,336, including 1,114 on federal land at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The types of deer -- antlered, white-tailed or Sika -- that may be hunted varies by county. Hunters are advised to read the 1993-1994 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland for county-by-county regulations. The guide is available at gun stores and the local DNR office at 2 South Bond St. in Bel Air.

There were 30 hunting accidents reported in the state last year. None was in Harford County, where public hunting is restricted to Stoney Forest, off Route 136 south of Churchville.

Sgt. Danny Hughes, field supervisor for the Maryland Natural Resources Police in Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties, said Friday that bowmen may legally hunt deer in limited areas of Rocks State Park. Most sportsmen hunt on private lands, which is legal as long as they they carry written permission from the land owner.

The muzzleloader deer season runs from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1. The muzzleloader is a single-shot weapon, and powder has to be added for each shot.

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