Shore joins Canada goose experiment

June 19, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Maryland's second experimental hunting season for resident Canada geese will run from Sept. 6-15 this year, with the addition of all or portions of six Eastern Shore counties.

Another change for this year will be a requirement that all hunters have a migratory bird harvest information program permit, a free form that will be available where they buy their hunting licenses. State and federal stamps also must be purchased, and a free September Canada goose season permit also must be acquired and carried while hunting.

The September season permits will be available at Department of Natural Resources regional service centers or wildlife offices beginning Aug. 1.

The resident bird season is held early in September to avoid conflict with the arrival of migratory Canada geese several weeks later. Maryland has about 20,000 resident Canada geese.

Counties open for the September season will be all 14 western shore counties, as well as Caroline (south of Route 404), Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot (east of U.S. Route 50), Wicomico and Worcester counties.

The daily limit is three and the possession limit is six.

30 percent rise in turkey kill

The official kill number during the four-week spring turkey season is 1,726, a 30 percent increase over 1993's record of 1,326.

Leading counties were Garrett (559), Allegany (394), Washington (283), Calvert (128) and Frederick (110).

Deep Creek camping special

Want to get away to the mountains and beat the heat? Deep Creek Lake State Park has a seven-day camping special -- $75 for the stay as long as you include both Friday and Saturday night.

The park, in Garrett County, also has a new facility especially suited for novice campers and campsites available for families who wish to bring along their pets.

For more information, call (301) 387-5563.

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