Bow season gives deer hunters more space, time to reach limit

Carroll Outdoors

September 24, 1995|By Lonny Weaver | Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

This fall's bow season got under way last week and will continue through Oct. 18. The season will pick back up Oct. 23 to Nov. 24, return Dec. 11-22 and conclude Jan. 8-31.

For all practical purposes, it is the longest of all the popular hunting seasons. According to the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland has approximately 55,000 bowhunters and during last year's archery season they bagged 11,324 deer.

Carroll County archers are allowed one deer (buck or doe), plus a second deer with the purchase of a $5 "bonus" deer stamp.

Bow season is the first of Maryland's many scheduled deer seasons. Others include an Oct. 19-21 early muzzleloading rifle hunt, a Nov. 18 Youth Hunt, the Nov. 25 to Dec. 9 modern rifle/shotgun season and a second muzzleloading rifle hunt set for Dec. 23 to Jan. 6.

Also, you can bet that before the final deer hunting whistle blows to announce the conclusion of the year's many seasons, a handful of limited hunts will be added.

Because of the close-range characteristics of hunting a deer with bow and arrow, modern Robin Hoods have the opportunity of hunting some prime private and public sites that are not available to rifle or shotgun hunters.

For example, Liberty and Prettyboy reservoir properties, as well as the Patapsco Valley State Park are reserved for bowhunters only. All three are popular with Carroll white-tailers. I know of private lands that are off-limits to local hunters unless they arm themselves with a bow.

Carroll County has a number of Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas available to bowhunters. For the most part these are privately owned lands open to the public on a permit system administered by the DNR.

Most offer reasonable deer hunting opportunities, but my experiences with them regarding other game species such as pheasant, quail, rabbit, squirrel, etc. have been mixed.

In all, these lands represent 2,380 acres available for bow hunters. The CWMAs are located throughout the county and are marked by orange signs placed by the DNR. Call the regional DNR office at (410) 356-9272 for details.

Carroll County has six official deer checking stations: Bauerlein's Meats Inc., 1046 Carroll St., Hampstead; Bullocks Meats, Sykesville Road (Route 32), Westminster; C&C Taxidermy, Bachman Valley Road and Route 30, Manchester; Fish Maryland Bait and Tackle, 2030 Liberty Road, Peddlers Square Shopping Center, Eldersburg; Gun Shack, 101 S. Main St., Mount Airy; and Hatfields Country Meats, 502 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Immediately upon bagging your deer, attach a field tag giving your name, license number, the date and county being hunted. After field dressing the deer, it must be taken to an official deer-checking station within 24 hours.

Celebrate hunting & fishing

Celebrate National Hunting & Fishing Day today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Admission is free.

Today's events include hunting dog demonstrations, fly tying and casting, trap setting demonstrations, black powder and bow shooting plus lots more.

Outdoor equipment sale

New and previously owned fishing, hunting and outdoor-related equipment will be for sale by the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Pikesville Sportsman's Club. Admission to the flea market is free.

Items include fishing tackle, books, hunting calls, surf fishing equipment and tackle bags plus lots more.

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