DNR proposes 3-day early season for muzzleloaders

May 08, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources has completed its proposed hunting and trapping regulations for the 1994-1995 seasons. The proposal includes a three-day October muzzleloader season for deer.

The muzzleloader season, which would run from Oct. 20-22, was discussed at public meetings held around the state in March.

According to DNR, public responses in those meetings and written comments showed that about a third of those responding favored the muzzleloader season as proposed, a third wanted an early muzzleloader season on different dates and a third were not in favor of an early season.

A survey of Maryland hunters taken last year reached similar conclusions, according to DNR.

Concluding that the proposed dates would create fewer problems with small-game seasons, fall turkey season and duck and goose seasons, DNR has decided to go ahead with the Oct. 20-22 season.

If approved by the state, the early muzzleloader season will run for two seasons on an experimental basis.

The buck kill during the season will be monitored to ensure that a pre-rut season does not have too great an impact on deer population.

Wildlife Division managers expect the early season to result in a kill of between 6,000 and 8,000 deer.

On the fly

Wally Vait of the On The Fly shop in Hereford is putting together a fishing tournament at Gunpowder Falls to raise money for Gunpowder Falls State Park and the Choice Program for troubled youth.

The challenge is to choose one fly -- and only one fly -- to use during five hours of fishing on any stretch of the Gunpowder from Prettyboy Dam to the Sparks Road Bridge. The fishermen who catch, measure and release the greatest length of fish will be eligible for prizes.

The Gunpowder River Charity One For Five Fly Fishing Event will be held May 22 between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Corporations and individuals interested in competing are asked to call Vait at (410) 329-6821.

The entry fee-contribution is $100 per person. Proceeds will be split between Gunpowder Falls State Park's outdoors education program and Choice. The funds that go to Choice will enable the program to use the outdoor education program.

Illegal lures

The umbrella rig, which is used on the bay primarily for trolling for stripers and bluefish, is illegal in Maryland unless it is properly rigged.

Under Maryland law, a fisherman may not use more than two hooks or two sets of hooks for each rod or line. While an artificial lure with multiple hooks is considered one set of hooks, umbrella rigs that have more than two hooks or two sets of hooks are illegal in the bay and its tributaries.

First-time offenders can be fined $60.

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