Managed deer hunt in Howard parks planned

6th annual culling of herd to run Oct. 18 to Feb. 10

September 02, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard County's sixth annual managed deer hunt will begin Oct. 18 and run through Feb. 10 in four parks, officials announced this week.

Phil Norman, the county's deer project manager, said all the hunts at David Force Park, the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Blandair and Alpha Ridge Park will follow the same rules and safety measures used in past years.

Officials are considering using a certified sharpshooter on unused land surrounding the landfill adjoining Alpha Ridge Park. Norman explained that a sharpshooter would use a high-powered rifle that might afford a more accurate shot, rather than shotguns or bows and arrows required in other county park hunts.

The Alpha Ridge Park area has about 123 deer, Norman said, based on last winter's survey.

No firearms are allowed at Blandair, in east Columbia.

The county has killed about 1,000 deer in the hunts, which were designed to reduce herds so they would pose less nuisance and fewer traffic hazards.

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