Change made for junior hunting day Antlerless permit not required in W. Md.

October 12, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Even though the weather still feels more like summer than fall, the first split of duck season opened yesterday, and over the next several weeks various firearms hunting seasons will open, with several slight changes in regulations.

On Junior Hunter Day (Nov. 15) for deer, an antlerless deer can be taken in Allegany, Frederick (zone 1), Garrett and Washington (zone 2) counties without an antlerless permit. Junior hunters who have drawn an antlerless permit, can use it Dec. 12-13 or during the muzzleloader season from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3

Telescopic sights can be used on muzzleloader rifles during the late season for deer from Dec. 20-Jan. 3.

During the bow, firearms and muzzleloader seasons for deer, no more than one antlered white-tailed deer can be taken within the combined total bag limit per season in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick (zone 2), Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (zone 1), Wicomico and Worcester counties.

A two-day extension of deer firearms season will be held Jan. 9-10 in those counties that require a larger deer kill to meet DNR's management objectives. A list of counties open for the extended hunt is expected to be available from DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Division in mid-December.

When wild turkey season rolls around next spring, the use of hunting blinds will be allowed.

Coyotes are now classified as a fur-bearing mamal in Maryland and as such can be hunted year around.

Waterfowl hunting from sneakboats is now allowed on Conococheague Creek in Washington County, in addition to the Monocacy River and the Potomac River in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties.

Patuxent hunting

The Meade Natural Heritage Association is selling permits for the 1997-1998 hunting season at the 8,100-acre Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract in Laurel.

Permit sales are being held Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., at the Hunting Control Station on Bald Eagle Drive. A current hunting license, hunter safety course card and a check or money order for $40 are required.

Permits allow upland game, waterfowl and bow, muzzleloader and shotgun deer hunting. Weapons qualification is required for deer hunting. For information, call 301-317-3825.

Pub Date: 10/12/97

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