Expanded seasons mainstay of DNR proposals


March 07, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

On Monday, the Department of Natural Resources released its proposed dates and bag limits for hunting seasons statewide this year and next, including expanded seasons for resident Canada geese and the possibility of expanded fall turkey seasons.

The hunting season for migratory Canada geese, which was closed in Maryland and the entire Atlantic Flyway this past season, remains in jeopardy for next year.

Seasons for resident, or non-migratory, Canada geese would be opened in all counties except Kent and Queen Anne's. Proposed dates are Sept. 3-14 this year and Sept. 2-15 next year, with additional hunting days to be considered if the Department of the Interior changes the federal framework for resident Canada geese.

While the fall turkey season basically will be unchanged -- Nov. 4-9 this year and Nov. 3-8 next year -- DNR proposes to consider extending the season in years when brood production is high. Season extensions would be announced in October.

The special one-day junior hunter deer season will be continued on Nov. 16 this year and Nov. 15 next.

For firearms deer hunters across the state, there is a possibility of adding an optional two days to the season framework in counties that might require "additional harvest to meet deer management objective." Proposed dates are Jan. 10-11 in 1997 and Jan. 9-10 in 1998.

DNR will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the proposals and invites comment from interested parties. The schedule of hearings:

March 19: Clear Spring High School, Clear Spring, 7 p.m.

March 21: Parkside High School, Salisbury, 7 p.m.

March 26: Cockeysville High School, 7 p.m.

March 28: Frederick Douglass High School, Croom, 7 p.m.

House bills update

The House Environmental Matters Committee has killed House Bill 71, a measure that would have banned the use of multi-ply/monofilament drift gill nets in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries and designated House Bill 72 for further study. House Bill 72 proposes to ban haul seine fishing at the Susquehanna Flats.

House Bill 72, if further study finds it can be re-worked to clarify its intent, could be re-introduced next year.

House Bill 71 received an unfavorable report from the committee without further recommendations, according to the committee office.

` Pub Date: 3/07/96

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