Managed hunt set for Anne Arundel Deer overpopulated on Smithsonian site

November 07, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Last week, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center agreed on a managed deer hunt this fall on the center's 2,300-acre tract off the Rhode River in Anne Arundel County.

The hunt, which will allow as many as 20 hunters per day on the property, will take place during Maryland's firearms season for deer, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11.

The Smithsonian estimates there are 1,000 deer on the property, which has a natural carrying capacity of about 100. The overpopulation has forced the deer to eat crops and ornamental shrubs of local landowners because the research center environment cannot feed them all.

Hunters will be selected through a lottery to be held Nov. 16. To apply, hunters should send a 3-by-5 card complete with name, address, work and home phone numbers, hunter safety certificate and current hunting license numbers to the DNR Wildlife Division offices in Upper Marlboro.

xTC Although hunters will be allowed to hunt only one day on the property, those holding bonus deer stamps may take up to two deer so long as the first is antlerless. The second deer may be antlered or antlerless.

The use of tree stands will be required and hunters will have to pass a proficiency test to be given Nov. 20 at a site to be determined.

Hunting hours will be restricted to 30 minutes before sunrise to 2 p.m.

The Smithsonian tract was established in 1965 and has not been hunted since.

Coutts wins

Russell Coutts of New Zealand recently completed an undefeated sweep through the Omega Gold Cup in Bermuda by beating Rod Davis of Australia 3-0 to win the world match racing championship.

The three races of the best-of-five final were decided by a total of 56 seconds. Coutts, the defending champion, won $30,000.

Rockfish update

The recreational rockfish season was scheduled to end today, but the DNR has extended the season to close Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. because anglers have not been catching fish at the predicted rate.

All regulations will remain in effect, including the one-per-day creel limit and the 18-inch minimum length.

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