Maryland awaits guideline approval

September 17, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Maryland has forwarded its dates and bag limits for duck hunting seasons to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and expects the guidelines to be approved for 50 days and four ducks per day.

USFWS, which under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes the final decision on waterfowl seasons nationwide, earlier set parameters that would allow up to five ducks per day.

But Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, responding to overwhelming support" from ducks hunters in the state, decided the four-duck limit would help to ensure the continued rise in duck populations.

According to the USFWS, this is a banner reproduction year for ducks, which had excellent breeding conditions in the prairie pothole regions of the United States and Canada.

"These seasons and bag limits are designed to maximize hunting opportunities while continuing to allow waterfowl populations to increase," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.

Maryland will have three duck hunting sessions: Oct. 11-14, Nov. 17-24 and Dec. 14-Jan. 20.

Black ducks may be hunted only in the December-January split and canvasbacks only from Jan. 1-20. In both cases, the daily limit is one bird.

There will be no hunting season for migratory Canada geese in the Atlantic Flyway states, and the season for resident or nonmigratory Canadas closed yesterday.

Antlerless deer permits

In all or parts of Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, antlerless deer may be hunted only by permit holders on certains days of the modern firearms season and during the late muzzleloader season.

This year, the dates are Nov. 18 for junior hunters only, Dec. 8 and 9 and, if an antlerless deer has not been taken earlier, the muzzleloader season from Dec. 23-Jan. 6.

Applications for antlerless permits must be received in DNR's Wildlife Division office in Annapolis by Oct. 13. Application forms are included in the state Guide to Hunting and Trapping, which is issued when a hunting license is purchased.

Permit allocations are as follows:

Allegany County, Zone 2: 1,155.

Allegany County, Zone 1: 945.

Frederick County, Zone 1: 1,500.

Garrett County, Zone 2: 1,260.

Garrett County, Zone 1: 825.

Washington County, Zone 2: 900.

New bow-hunting tract

The Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area in Kent County is open to as many as 25 bow hunters per day during

deer season on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sassafras NRMA is a 1,000-acre tract recently acquired by the Department of Natural Resources. The tract, formerly Bloomfield Farm, has a mixture of mature woodland, agricultural fields and marsh. Hunters must sign in at the parking area off Turner's Creek Road.

Plans also call for a managed hunt on the NRMA during the shotgun season.

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