Hunters can qualify for several hunts at once

September 01, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

In the past, if a hunter were able to hunt different tracts of state or federal land in Maryland, it was likely that he or she would have to qualify with a weapon more than once. Starting this year, a standard proficiency test has been developed that could allow a hunter to qualify for several areas in one test session.

The proficiency test is the result of a partnership formed by the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. military, Meade Natural Heritage Association and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Hunters who pass the proficiency test would be weapons qualified for at least 10 special hunts in the state. Hunters still would have to complete applicable permit processes and paper work and attend necessary information sessions for the hunts.

The first qualification shoot for shotgun and muzzleloader hunters will be held today at the North Tract of the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge near Laurel in Anne Arundel County. For information, call the Meade Natural Heritage Association's 24-hour line at (301) 317-3825.

Hunts that may be qualified for are (additional hunts may be added at a later date):

Aberdeen Proving Grounds (Harford County), Blossom Point Proving Grounds (Charles County), Indian Head Naval Ordnance Station (Charles County), Patuxent River Naval Air Station (St. Mary's County), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Anne Arundel County), Fair Hill NRMA (Cecil County), Elk Neck State Park (Cecil County), Susquehanna State Park (Harford County), Fort Frederick State Park (Washington County), Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge North Tract (Anne Arundel County).

Special pier reopened

The handicapped-accessible fishing pier at the Morgan Run Natural Resources Environmental Area in Carroll County was reopened Aug. 22. The new pier replaces one destroyed by spring flooding. The pier allows access to trout fishing on the run for those whose mobility is impaired.

Bow hunt permits

Permits are now available for the managed bow hunt for deer at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. The season at the NRMA will run from Sept. 14 to Jan. 31, with no more than 25 hunters per day allowed on the property.

Restrictions apply on antlerless or antlered deer, treestands and location.

Permits will be issued from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the NRMA office, 376 Fair Hill Drive, Elkton.

Woodmont open house

DNR will hold an open house at the Woodmont property in Washington County on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. The Woodmont property, once the famous Woodmont Rod and Gun Club, was recently purchased by DNR.

Woodmont is located seven miles southwest of Hancock, exit 77

off I-68 on Woodmont Road.

Pub Date: 9/01/96

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