DNR's one-day deer hunt aims to boost youth interest Statewide junior event scheduled for Saturday

November 12, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

During the past several years, the number of junior hunters in the state has decreased steadily, and this year, in an attempt to offset the trend, the Department of Natural Resources has designated Saturday as a statewide, one-day deer hunt for qualified junior hunters.

"Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Maryland, intrinsic to our heritage and culture," DNR Secretary John R. Griffin said in announcing the hunt.

"Junior Hunter Day is designed to encourage young people to learn about and take part in hunting activities in a safe and enjoyable way."

Hunters who participate Saturday must possess a resident junior hunting license, be younger than 16 and exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements or be younger than 16 and possess a nonresident hunting license.

All hunting juniors must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt hunter 21 or older.

Adult hunters accompanying juniors cannot carry weapons or hunt.

Gunpowder trout survey

Preliminary results from the annual fall survey of trout populations in the Gunpowder Falls indicate that the brown trout population remains high throughout the catch-and-release areas, according to DNR.

The 1992 year class, a dominant hatch, now averages about 12 inches and is responsible for almost doubling the number of browns 12 inches or longer at most sampling stations.

Brown trout enjoyed reproductive success this year second only to that of 1992.

The number of rainbow trout upstream of Falls Road is up from last year but still considered low.

Natural reproduction of rainbows was noted for the fifth consecutive year.

New deer hunting tract

The former Mon Valley Coal and Lumber property, 589 acres east of Oakland in Garrett County, will be open to public hunting during the two-week modern firearms deer season that opens Nov. 25.

The tract, which runs along the Youghiogheny River, recently was purchased by the Department of Natural Resources with money from Program Open Space.

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