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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1997
Maryland deer hunters, on the strength of a record bow kill and an extended modern firearms season, produced a take of 61,735 deer in the 1996-1997 seasons, the second highest on record.The record was set in 1995-1996 when 61,949 deer were killed by hunters."Although the total number of deer taken remained relatively unchanged when compared to the 1995-1996 harvest, the number of antlerless deer in the total harvest increased nine percent this season," said John R. Griffin, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
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February 21, 2010
H ow bad is the economy? Ask the deer. In the season that just ended, Maryland hunters killed a record 100,663 deer, topping the six-figure mark for the second consecutive season. "I think it's economy-driven, I really do," says Brian Eyler , the lead deer biologist for the Department of Natural Resources. "Guys were out of work and had the time, and they wanted to put meat in the freezer." The number of antlered deer dropped slightly to 33,761 while the number of antlerless deer rose slightly to 66,902.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | September 26, 1993
The state Department of Natural Resources, in response to hunters' concerns that too many deer are being killed in Western Maryland counties, has reduced the number of antlerless deer permits for modern firearms season in Garrett, Allegany, and parts of Frederick and Washington counties.The reduction to 4,390 permits is a drop of 1,590 from last firearms season. Permits are required to take an antlerless deer in Garrett and Allegany counties and in zone 2 of Washington County and zone 1 of Frederick County.
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September 26, 2008
Balto. County teachers to discuss vote against raise 3 Members of the Baltimore County teachers union will meet tonight to contemplate their response to Tuesday's school board vote against a 2 percent cost-of-living increase. Teachers are also planning to show up in force at the board's next meeting, Oct. 7, to express their displeasure. The board voted against accepting a mediation panel's recommendation to give teachers the increase - another step in a conflict that began with planning the budget for the current school year.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1997
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)
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November 28, 1992
The two-week firearms season for deer in Maryland open today and will run through Dec. 12, with no hunting on Sundays.In all counties except Allegany and Garrett and Zone 1 of Frederick and Zone 2 of Washington counties, antlered or antlerless deer may be taken.In Allegany, Garrett and Zone 1 of Frederick and Zone 2 of Washington, antlerless deer may be taken with a permit only between today and next Saturday. From Dec. 7-12, only antlered deer may be taken in those areas.Also in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties, only one deer may be taken per day. In all other counties, the daily limit is the same as the season limit.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | September 20, 1998
Maryland's new deer management plan, which divided the state into four hunting regions with independent bag limits for bow, muzzleloader and firearms hunters, is intended to "tailor" the deer kill according to the need for population control.In most parts of the state, the aim is toward thinning the number of breeders by emphasizing the hunt for antlerless deer. In far Western Maryland, however, the management goal is to maintain the deer population near present levels and antlered/antlerless ratio.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1998
The firearms hunting season for deer opens Saturday with new, regionalized bag limits expected to help stabilize deer numbers in areas where growth of whitetail populations has been rapid in recent years.The two-week season runs through Dec. 12, excluding Sundays.Since the start of bow season in September, hunters have been able to hunt four regions of the state under separate bag limits. In past years, hunters had statewide bag limits for bow, muzzleloader and firearms seasons."The new deer management regions with their independent bag limits give wildlife managers the flexibility to address deer population hot spots," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1996
Joshua Sandt, director of the state's Wildlife and Heritage Division, said Friday that game managers will decide tomorrow whether the firearms hunting season for deer will be continued for two days in January.Unless yesterday turned out much better than expected, Sandt said, "There is a good likelihood the season will be continued, probably excluding the five western counties."In Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, the firearms season has been an effective tool in controlling the deer population.
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By Marie V.Forbes | October 10, 1990
Carroll County hunters should be aware of several changes in the 1990-1991 deer hunting regulations as issued by the Forest, Park and Wildlife Service of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources:* Second Deer Stamps: New this season is a regulation which allows hunters to obtain a second deer stamp for each of the three hunting seasons (bow, muzzleloader and firearms). The stamp is valid only for the season for which it is purchased and entitles the bearer to take one additional deer during that season.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | October 14, 2007
This deer season is a little different from the past dozen or so. Doug Hotton has left the building. Hotton, the affable, folksy leader of the Department of Natural Resources deer management team, has boxed up his belongings and gone home. "My wife retired two years ago and I want to have some of the fun she's having," said Hotton, 58. "I feel you need to walk away when you can still hit 'em in the gap and get on base." He leaves behind the legacy of having shepherded Maryland's first deer management plan into place 10 years ago and has helped his replacements, biologists Brian Eyler and George Timko, prepare the next edition, which will take effect for the 2008-09 season.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | December 15, 2005
Hunters killed fewer deer during Maryland's two-week firearms season this year, most likely because the deer population in rural areas has declined from record-high numbers, wildlife officials say. The preliminary state tally shows that hunters shot 40,735 deer - an 8 percent decline - in the season that began Nov. 26 and included one day of Sunday hunting. The breakdown was 15,211 antlered deer and 25,524 antlerless deer. Over the past several seasons, state biologists have liberalized bag limits and urged hunters to kill more antlerless deer in an effort to bring the burgeoning population, at one time estimated at 260,000, under control.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 16, 2005
ANNAPOLIS - Two federal sharpshooters hired by the state Department of Natural Resources killed 48 deer last week at Sandy Point State Park. The department acted to reduce the deer population after receiving complaints from residents about the animals, said Paul A. Peditto, DNR director of the wildlife and heritage service. Residents, who learned of DNR's plans at a meeting last month, have complained for a decade about a high incidence of Lyme disease, car crashes and other problems because of the deer, Peditto said yesterday.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2004
Maryland hunters had something in common last season with their counterparts in surrounding states: fewer deer killed. But game officials say the declining numbers may be an early indication that aggressive hunting regulations are finally beginning to curtail the state's burgeoning deer population, estimated at 300,000. Archers and modern firearms and blackpowder hunters shot 87,223 white-tailed and sika deer, a decrease of 7.3 percent. That still ranked as the third-highest total in the state's 62 years of record keeping.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2003
Maryland hunters killed a record number of deer this season and continued to increase their take of antlerless deer, encouraging signs in the state's campaign to reduce the burgeoning population. Statistics released yesterday by the Department of Natural Resources put the total number of sika and white-tailed deer taken by bow, muzzleloaders and modern firearms at 94,114, up 12 percent over the 2001-02 season. Hunters bagged 54,072 antlerless deer and 40,042 antlered deer. Six years ago, DNR began altering hunting regulations to try to control the deer population.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | March 11, 2001
If you thought deer hunting season was better than last year's, you were right. Numbers released late last week by the Department of Natural Resources for the firearms, bow, and muzzleloader seasons show a 9 percent increase in deer kills. But the statistic that jumps off the page and has the Wildlife and Heritage Division managers exchanging high fives is the 39 percent increase from three years ago in the number of antlerless deer shot. "We're on track," says Doug Hotton, DNR Eastern regional manager.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | December 15, 2005
Hunters killed fewer deer during Maryland's two-week firearms season this year, most likely because the deer population in rural areas has declined from record-high numbers, wildlife officials say. The preliminary state tally shows that hunters shot 40,735 deer - an 8 percent decline - in the season that began Nov. 26 and included one day of Sunday hunting. The breakdown was 15,211 antlered deer and 25,524 antlerless deer. Over the past several seasons, state biologists have liberalized bag limits and urged hunters to kill more antlerless deer in an effort to bring the burgeoning population, at one time estimated at 260,000, under control.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1999
With the bowhunting season for deer under way and the early muzzleloader split set to open Oct. 21, successful hunters might want to consider donating deer meat to needy families in the state through Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.FHFH is a charitable organization that has donated some 50 tons of venison to food banks in the state over the past two years.FHFH is endorsed by the Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Farm Bureau and major state sportsmen's groups."There is a real need for FHFH," said director Rick Wilson.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1998
When the Department of Natural Resources revamped its deer management plan, it was with the expectation that hunters would be willing to break with tradition and step up the pressure on the state's overabundance of whitetails.And late last week, Michael Slattery, director of DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Division, said he believes the expanded bag limits in most of the state are producing a record harvest."Actually, it is going surprisingly well," said Slattery, who is an avid hunter."At the start, I had a very conservative outlook because there are only so many hunters, and how much more pressure can be applied by 80,000 hunters?"
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