Hunting season changes are in offing

On the Outdoors

March 09, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Last March, the Department of Natural Resources set hunting dates and bag limits for last season and next, saying that such advance planning would create consistency for game managers, hunters and landowners alike. Yet nothing is so constant as change.

After a series of public meetings this winter better to define the state's deer management plan, DNR is considering making changes in deer, turkey, dove and resident Canada goose seasons.

The special junior hunter deer season to be held in October could be opened for both antlered and antlerless deer statewide if DNR's proposal is accepted. In some areas of western Maryland, junior hunters have been restricted to antlered deer unless they hold an antlerless permit.

In regular modern firearms, bow and muzzleloader seasons for deer, DNR is proposing that hunters be allowed to take only one antlered deer in each of the seasons. Garrett, Allegany, Washington (Zone 2) and Frederick (Zone 1) counties would be exempt from this restriction, and sika deer bag limits would be unchanged.

Bowhunters who have purchased bonus stamps would be limited to taking one antlered and one antlerless deer in Garrett, Allegany, Washington (Zone 2) and Frederick (Zone 1) counties. Either deer could be taken first.

Increasing deer populations in Carroll County are in need of tighter management, and DNR proposes to allow hunting for antlerless deer throughout the two-week firearms season in late November and early December.

Telescopic sights could be allowed for all hunters during the muzzleloader season for deer. Presently, only hunters with vision impairments and special permits can use scopes during muzzleloader seasons.

For the spring wild turkey season of 1998, the use of hunting blinds could be allowed. Currently, blinds are illegal in the spring season.

DNR proposes to prohibit hunting doves over any field where "top sowing of wheat" has been conducted. The practice is legal now.

For the resident Canada goose season, DNR proposes to open the entire state, including Kent and Queen Anne's counties, which currently are closed. The season for migratory Canada geese remains closed throughout the Atlantic Flyway.

DNR has scheduled four public meetings later this month to discuss the proposals.

The schedule:

March 19 -- Fort Hill High School, Cumberland, 7 p.m.

March 20 -- Westminster High School, Westminster, 7 p.m.

March 25 -- Arundel High School, Gambrills, 7 p.m.

March 27 -- Easton High School, Easton, 7 p.m.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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