End of muzzleloader season zeros in on antlerless deer Managers address need to check population

December 21, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The late split of muzzleloader hunting season for deer opened yesterday with two significant changes in regulations: The use of telescopic sights is now legal and, in all or parts of 21 counties, the hunting effort has been directed toward antlerless deer.

Under the new regulations, no more than one antlered whitetail deer can be taken within the total muzzleloader season bag limit 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.

Wildlife managers say the emphasis on antlerless deer is necessary to check expanding populations in those counties.

The season closes Jan. 3.

During the early season in October, Department of Natural Resources preliminary figures indicate a 30 percent increase compared to the early season last year. More than 5,000 deer were taken during the early season this year.

"The popularity of hunting with primitive firearms continues to grow with the number of muzzleloader hunters climbing 84 percent over the past 10 years." said Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin. "The number of days spent muzzleloader hunting has increased by almost 200 percent during the same time period."

The total muzzleloader kill last season was 9,099, second only to the 9,831 taken in 1995.

More seminars

The tentative lineup of seminars at the Chesapeake Sportfishing Show at the Broadneck Sports Complex near Annapolis on Jan. 2-4 includes sessions for bass, bay, ocean and fly fishermen:

Jan. 2: 6: 30 p.m., Capt. Sonney Forrest on bottom fishing in the lower bay; 7: 30 p.m., Capt. Joe Riley on tuna chunking and dolphin fishing; 8: 30 p.m., Capt. Rich Novotny on trolling for spring trophy rockfish.

Jan. 3: 11 a.m., Keith Kaufman on drifting eels for stripers; noon, Ken Penrod on marine electronics; 1 p.m., Riley on trolling for marlin and tuna; 2 p.m., Kaufman on cobia in the bay; 3 p.m., Novotny on spring trophy stripers; 4 p.m., Forrest on bay bottom fishing; 5 p.m., Capt. Tom Price on fishing the Bay Bridge for stripers.

Jan. 4: 11 a.m., Tim Sherman on Ocean City bridge and surf fishing; noon, Riley on tuna and dolphin; 1 p.m., Penrod on marine electronics; 2 p.m., Forrest on trolling for stripers; 3 p.m. Riley on marlin and tuna.

Show organizers said they plan to have Jim Gilford, a well-known fly-fishing instructor from Frederick, teach on Sunday.

Admission to the sportfishing show ($5; under 14 free) also is good for the concurrent show at the National Guard Armory in Annapolis. Call 410-841-6974.

Whitbread update

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Status: Day 7, Leg 3

Standings:

Boat .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Nautical miles to finish

1. Swedish Match .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...423.2

2. EF Language .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..427.9

3. Innovation Kvaerner .. .. .. .. .. .. ...428.7

4. Toshiba .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...432.3

5. BrunelSunergy .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...433.1

6. Silk Cut .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..434.0

7. Merit Cup .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .435.9

8. Chessie Racing .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..438.9

9. EF Education .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .447.1

(as of 00: 06: 55 GMT)

Boat beat: The fleet has entered the Bass Strait and King Island is 55 miles astern of the leader. A high-pressure system has engulfed the fleet, which remains split into four groups with Toshiba, Chessie Racing and Silk Cut farthest to the north. Merit Cup and EF Education are 54 miles to the south of them, and BrunelSunergy, EF Language and Swedish Match are together in a group 50.7 miles south.

Weather: Weakening cold front is located in the Bass Strait.

Note: Information compiled from the Whitbread Round the World Race Web site at www.whitbread.org

Wild book

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Pub Date: 12/21/97

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