Extra Saturday proposed for fall turkey

On The Outdoors

March 12, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Maryland's new deer management program has been the buzz among hunters around the state for several weeks, but a few notable changes in proposed hunting regulations for other species also were announced recently by the Department of Natural Resources.

Fall turkey season, traditionally a six-day season, would gain a second Saturday under the regulations proposed for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. The eastern portion of Washington County also would be added to the hunting zone, which previously covered Garrett and Allegany counties and the western portion of Washington County.

The cottontail rabbit season, which for years has been opened a week earlier in the western portion of the state, would open statewide on the same day, adding a week to the season in eastern parts of the state.

DNR has scheduled a meeting to discuss hunting and trapping proposals for the two years at 1 p.m. March 21 at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road.

The agenda will include presentations by DNR biologists on regulations for deer, resident and migratory upland game, forest game, furbearers and resident Canada geese.

Biologists will discuss game populations, research programs and future game management considerations and update the status of migratory Canada geese in the Atlantic Flyway.

Written comments on the proposed regulations are to be addressed to Michael Slattery, Director of DNR Wildlife and Heritage Division, Tawes State Office Building E-1, Annapolis, 21401. The deadline for written comment is March 30.

A series of public meetings scheduled for in-depth discussion of the state's proposed zonal regulations and liberalized bag limits for deer started this week and continue tonight at Mattawoman Middle School in Waldorf.

On Tuesday, the deer meetings will be held at Easton High School, and the series of meetings ends next Thursday at South Hagerstown High School.

All deer regulations meetings begin at 7 p.m.

The following are proposed dates and bag limits for species other than deer for the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons:

@Upland migratory game

Woodcock -- 1998-99, Oct. 26-Nov. 14 and Jan. 4-Jan. 13, all counties, 3 per day, 6 possession. 1999-2000, Oct. 25-Nov. 13 and Jan. 10-Jan. 19, all counties, 3 and 6.

Mourning dove -- 1998-99, Sept. 1-Oct. 21, Nov. 16-Nov. 21, Dec. 21-Jan. 2, all counties, 12 and 24. 1999-2000, Sept. 1-Oct. 21, Nov. 15-Nov. 22, Dec. 20-Jan. 1, all counties, 12 and 24.

Clapper and King rails -- 1998-99 and 1999-2000, Sept. 1-Nov. 9, all counties, 10 and 20.

Sora and Virginia rails -- 1998-99 and 1999-2000, Sept. 1-Nov. 9, all counties, 25 and 25.

Common snipe -- 1998-99, Sept. 16-Nov. 27, Dec. 14-Jan. 16, all counties, 8 and 16. 1999-2000, Sept. 13-Nov. 20, Dec. 13-Jan. 19, all counties, 8 and 16.

Canada geese

Migratory Canada geese -- Hunting seasons presently closed but due for review this summer by state and federal agencies.

Resident Canada geese -- 1998 and 1999, Sept. 1-Sept. 15, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties as well as those parts of Prince George's, Howard and Baltimore counties east of I-95, 5 and 10; Sept. 1-Sept. 25, Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery and Washington counties as well as those parts of Baltimore, Howard and Prince George's counties west of I-95, 5 and 10.

Forest game (except deer)

Squirrel (gray, black and eastern fox) -- 1998-1999, Oct. 5-Jan. 30, all counties, 6 and 12. 1999-2000, Oct. 5-Jan. 31, all counties, 6 and 12. Dates and areas are the same for red or piney squirrel, but there is no bag limit. The season is closed for Delmarva fox squirrel, which is endangered.

Wild turkey, fall seasons -- 1998, Nov. 7-14, Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, 1 of either sex. 1999, Nov. 6-13, Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, 1 of either sex.

Wild turkey, spring seasons -- 1999, April 17-May 15, all counties, 1 bearded turkey per season. 2000, April 18-May 16, all counties, one bearded turkey per season. If no turkey was taken during the previous fall season, hunters may take two bearded turkeys in the spring, but only one per day.

Ruffed grouse -- 1998-1999, Oct. 5-Jan. 30, all counties but Charles, 2 and 4. 1999-2000, Oct. 5-Jan. 31, all counties except Charles, 2 and 4.

Eastern cottontail rabbit -- 1998-1999, Oct. 31-Feb. 6, all counties, 4 and 8. 1999-2000, Nov. 1-Feb. 7, all counties, 4 and 8.

Quail -- 1998-1999, Nov. 7-Jan. 15, west of I-83 to I-695 to I-95, excluding Allegany and Garrett counties, 6 and 12. Nov. 7-Feb. 15, east of I-83 to I-695 to I-95, 6 and 12. 1999-2000, Nov. 6-Jan. 15 in western region and Nov. 6-Feb. 15 in eastern region, 6 and 12.

Pheasant (males only) -- 1998, Nov. 7-Dec. 31, all counties, 1 and 2. 1999, Nov. 6-Dec. 31, all counties, 1 and 2.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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