W. Md. antlerless deer permits decrease

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September 26, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The state Department of Natural Resources, in response to hunters' concerns that too many deer are being killed in Western Maryland counties, has reduced the number of antlerless deer permits for modern firearms season in Garrett, Allegany, and parts of Frederick and Washington counties.

The reduction to 4,390 permits is a drop of 1,590 from last firearms season. Permits are required to take an antlerless deer in Garrett and Allegany counties and in zone 2 of Washington County and zone 1 of Frederick County.

The quotas by counties and zones are:

* Garrett -- Zone 1, 550, Zone 2, 840. The overall reduction in this county is 30 percent.

* Allegany -- Zone 1, 630, Zone 2, 840. The overall reduction is 30 percent.

* Washington -- Zone 2, 600. The reduction is 25 percent.

* Frederick -- Zone 1, 1,000. The reduction is 17 percent.

Applications for antlerless permits are contained in the 1993-1994 "Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland," which hunters receive when they purchase their license.

Applications must be received by DNR's Wildlife Division office in Annapolis by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Senate bill

A bill in the U.S. Senate apparently calls for changing how a portion of the excise taxes on weapons, ammunition and other hunting-related items are dispersed, according to an official in the Wildlife Division of Maryland's DNR.

S.B. 868, the official said, would increase taxes collected on handguns, assault weapons and ammunition to 25 percent and redirect some revenue to a fund that would benefit people injured in incidents involving those weapons.

The bill apparently would alter the Pittman Robertson Act, which provides for the dispersal of weaponry excise taxes to wildlife and game management programs.

"If this bill were to be passed in what I understand is its present form," the official said, "it could reduce the federal funding we receive by 50 percent or about $822,000. That's roughly 15 percent of our budget."

Deer Hunt 1

Two areas of the Morgan Run Natural Environment Area, approximately 400 acres in Carroll County, will be opened for a managed deer hunt this season.

Hunting by permit only will be open to archers four days a week from Nov. 1-26, and to muzzleloaders from Nov. 27-Dec. 11.

Hunting will be allowed only on Wednesdays through Saturdays, with a limit of 10 permits issued per day.

A lottery to determine who will receive permits will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 9 at Patapsco Valley State Park headquarters. For information on how to apply for a permit, call the park at (410) 461-5005.

Deer Hunt II

Three areas of Patapsco Valley State Park -- aside from the Morgan Run tracts -- will be open to deer hunting by bow from Nov. 1-Jan. 29. Permits will be required for dates before Nov. 28, and will be issued by public lottery on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., at park headquarters.

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