Proposed 1994-95 Hunting Seasons, Bag Limits

March 06, 1994

DEER SEASONS

Major change would be establishment of a three-day muzzleloader season on Oct. 20, 21, 22 in addition to traditional season in December. During the early muzzleloader season, bow hunters would be required to wear hunter orange and any deer taken with a bow on those dates would count toward bow-season limit.

BOW SEASONS

* WHITE-TAILED

Dates -- Sept. 15-Nov. 25, Dec. 12-16, Jan. 2-31.

Areas -- all counties.

Bag limits -- One antlered or antlerless with standard license. Additional antlerless white-tailed deer may be taken in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. With a bonus stamp, an additional antlered or antlerless deer may be taken.

Note: In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, only one deer may be taken per day. In all other counties, there is no restriction as to how many may be taken per day under the season bag limits.

* SIKA DEER

Dates -- Same as for white-tailed deer.

Areas -- Dorchester County.

Bag limits -- Two antlered or antlerless.

DEER MUZZLELOADER

* WHITE-TAILED

Dates, early season -- Oct. 20, 21, 22

Areas -- all counties.

Bag limits -- One antlered or antlerless in all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington, where deer must be antlered.

Bonus-stamp muzzleloader -- Not valid in early season.

* SIKA DEER

Dates, early season -- same as for white-tailed deer.

Areas -- Dorchester County

Bag limits -- One antlered or antlerless.

* WHITE-TAILED

Dates, late season -- Dec. 17-Dec. 31.

Areas -- all counties.

Bag limits -- One antlered or antlerless except in Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and Washington (Zone 2) counties, where a permit is required to take an antlerless deer.

Bonus-stamp muzzleloader -- Valid only in the late season. All counties, one antlered or antlerless deer except in Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and Washington (Zone 2) counties where an antlerless deer may be taken with a permit, if a bonus-deer stamp muzzleloader has been purchased and no antlerless deer was taken during the modern firearms season.

Note: In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, only one deer may be taken per day.

MODERN FIREARMS SEASON

* WHITE-TAILED

Dates -- Nov. 26-Dec. 10

Areas -- all counties.

Bag limits -- One antlered or antlerless deer in all counties except Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington. In Carroll, Frederick (Zone 2) and Washington (Zone 1) counties, deer must be antlered from Nov. 26-Dec.3 and antlered or antlerless from Dec. 5-Dec. 10. In Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1) and Washington (Zone 2) counties, deer must be antlered from Nov. 26-Dec. 8. On Dec. 9 and 10, deer may be antlered or antlerless with permit in Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and Washington (Zone 2) counties. In Dorchester County an additional antlered or

antlerless deer may be taken.

Note: Only one deer per day may be taken in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. In the rest of the state, daily limit is the same as season limit.

Bonus deer stamp-firearms (Not valid in Dorchester County) -- Antlered or antlerless from Nov. 26-Dec. 10 in all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett and Washington. In Carroll, Frederick (Zone 2) and Washington (Zone 1) counties, antlered deer must be taken first and antlerless taken as second deer between Dec. 5-10 and daily bag limit must be observed. In Allegany, Frederick (Zone 1), Garrett and ++ Washington (Zone 2) counties antlerless bonus deer may be taken with permit on Dec. 9 or 10.

* SIKA DEER

Dates -- Same as for white-tailed deer

Areas -- Dorchester County

Bag limits -- Two, antlered or antlerless.

WATERFOWL

(Note: migratory seasons to be set in August or September)

* SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE (RESIDENT BIRDS)

Dates -- Sept. 6-Sept. 15

Areas -- Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline (south of Route 404), Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot (east of Route 50), Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Bag limits -- three per day, six in possession.

Note: A special permit is required to hunt during this season. For more information, call (410) 974-3195.

UPLAND GAME

* EASTERN COTTONTAIL

Dates -- Nov. 1-Jan. 31 in Garrett and Allegany counties west of Wills Creek; Nov. 15-Feb. 7 in all other counties.

Bag limits -- Four daily, eight in possession.

* QUAIL

Dates -- Nov. 15-Jan. 14 west of I-83 south to I-695 to I-95 south to Virginia, excluding Allegany and Garrett counties. Closed in Garrett and Allegany counties. Nov. 15-Feb. 15 east of I-83, I-695 and I-95.

Bag limits -- Six daily and 12 in possession.

* PHEASANT (MALE ONLY)

Dates -- Nov. 15-Dec. 31

Areas -- All counties except Garrett. Closed in Garrett County.

Bag limits -- One daily, two in possession.

* CROW

Dates -- Aug. 13-March 17 (hunting on Weds., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. only)

Areas -- all counties.

Bag limits -- none.

FOREST GAME

* SQUIRREL (GRAY AND EASTERN FOX)

Dates -- Oct. 5-Jan. 31

Areas -- all counties

Bag limits -- 6 daily, 12 possession.

* SQUIRREL (RED OR PINEY)

Dates -- Oct. 5-Jan. 31.

Areas -- all counties

Bag limits -- no limit.

* WILD TURKEY (FALL)

Dates -- Nov. 5-10

Areas -- Washington County west of I-81 and Allegany and Garrett counties.

Bag limits -- One per season.

* WILD TURKEY (SPRING)

Dates -- April 18-May 16 (1995)

Areas -- All counties open in spring of 1995.

Bag limits -- One bearded bird per season unless no turkey was taken in the last fall season. Then, the daily bag limit remains one, but the season limit becomes two.

* RUFFED GROUSE

Dates -- Oct. 5-Jan. 31

Areas -- All counties except Charles. Closed in Charles County.

Bag limits -- Two daily and four in possession.

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