New rules as bow season for deer opens in Maryland; new boating restrictions

September 06, 2014|From Sun staff reports

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opened statewide Friday and continues through Jan. 31.

New this year, hunters in Region A may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction.

Sika deer archery season will be open from Sept. 5 through Jan. 31 in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties. New this year, the sika deer archery season bag limit has increased to three deer with no more than one being antlered. An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline.

Boating restrictions

The use of motorized boats, except those powered by electric motors, will again be prohibited at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments this hunting season, Oct. 1 through March 31.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources established the regulation last year to make these areas more appealing to birds, thus creating a better hunting area.

"Our hope was that these changes increase the number of days that ducks can utilize the impoundments on both areas free from routine disturbances," said DNR Game Bird Section leader Bill Harvey. "Our goal is to increase the overall number of ducks on these popular WMAs, which will lead to a higher quality waterfowl hunting experience."

The boat motor restrictions and schedule of open waterfowl hunting days apply to the use of both WMAs within the managed impoundment areas only. Boat use and waterfowl hunting outside of the impoundments on these WMAs remains open.

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