Early deer harvest numbers close to '96 figures Junior hunters set record, bagging 1,654 on Nov. 15

December 07, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Preliminary counts from all counties show that firearms hunters across the state took 12,757 whitetail and sika deer on opening day, about 2 percent fewer than last year.

"Weather across the state, although a little warm, was good this year, and hunters did well on opening day," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin.

Also, on Nov. 15, junior hunters harvested a record 1,654 deer during the Maryland Youth Deer Hunt.

The youth take was up 18 percent over last year.

Fall turkey update

As predicted by state wildlife managers, the fall turkey season produced success rates similar to last year's, with 359 birds taken this year and 349 in 1996.

While acorn crops are rare this fall, biologists say other available food crops should carry the turkey population through the winter in good shape. The early outlook for the spring season is good, although prolonged and heavy snowfall could make it a difficult winter for wild birds.

Money fishing

How many of us fish and what do we spend? According to a study by the American Sportfishing Association, 714,911 adult fishermen spent $475,266,219 in 1996 on fishing trips and equipment.

The ASA figures are a product of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

According to ASA's analysis, the economic impact of fishing in Maryland totaled $896,205,000. Specifically, according to ASA, sportfishing in Maryland created:

The equivalent of 11,361 full-time jobs.

Wages totaling $246,766,760.

State tax revenues of $33,034,052

Federal tax revenue of $25,858,098.

The study also indicates anglers spent 10,194,931 days fishing in Maryland waters.

DNR changes

Dr. Bob Bachman, who has been instrumental in improvements to the state's tailwater trout fisheries over the past decade, has been appointed director of fisheries by DNR Secretary Griffin.

Bachman replaces Dorothy Leonard, who will head the state's oyster recovery program.

Black bear promotion

The Department of Natural Resources is promoting its black bear conservation program through a drawing to win an outing with biologists next spring when they check on a denned female and tag its cubs.

Anyone purchasing one of the black bear conservation stamp products, which range from the $5 stamp to a $25 matted print, before Dec. 31 will be eligible to win.

Black bear conservation products can be purchased at DNR Regional Service Centers.

Funds raised from the sale of bear conservation stamps are used to compensate farmers who experience agricultural damage in excess of $200. Last year, landowners experienced more than $21,000 in damage caused by bears.

The winners of the drawing also will receive a one-night stay in a cabin at New Germany State Park the night before the tagging trip.

The drawing also may be entered by sending a letter with name, address and telephone number to DNR Wildlife and Heritage Division, Black Bear Conservation Promotion, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21401. Entries must be received by Dec. 31. The winner will be selected on Jan. 15.

Hunt totals compared

Counts for 1997 and 1996 deer kills by county for the two-week firearms season (1997 figures are preliminary):

County ........... 1997 ..... 1996

Allegany ......... 1,229 .... 1,223

Anne Arundel ..... 249 ...... 282

Baltimore ........ 470 ...... 599

Calvert .......... 342 ...... 234

Caroline ......... 234 ...... 275

Carroll .......... 711 ...... 535

Cecil ............ 393 ...... 449

Charles .......... 664 ...... 591

Dorchester ....... 776 ...... 1,012

Frederick ........ 1,173 .... 1,214

Garrett .......... 958 ...... 953

Harford .......... 313 ...... 303

Howard ........... 175 ...... 243

Kent ............. 730 ...... 727

Montgomery ....... 393 ...... 415

Prince George's .. 194 ...... 251

Queen Anne's ..... 516 ...... 501

St. Mary's ....... 451 ...... 400

Somerset ......... 348 ...... 405

Talbot ........... 436 ...... 376

Washington ....... 1,101 .... 995

Wicomico ......... 430 ...... 364

Worcester ........ 471 ...... 651

Total ............ 12,757 ... 12,998

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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