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November 15, 2011
Editor: I was reluctant to read the article on luring deer because I have an aversion to hunting and killing. However, curiosity made me read it to see how hunters lure innocent deer into their sight. So I learned about scenting, rattling antlers and grunt calling. But it was the last sentence, "Learning to call the deer in can be as much fun as shooting them," that went straight to my heart. I've heard most of the reasons for hunting deer — thinning the population, lessening car accidents, relieving the starvation of deer in winter, and protecting the farmer's livelihood — so I am prepared to be chided for my naivete.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
The deer hunting archery season began in Maryland on Friday, Sept. 6, and will run through Jan. 31. There are two seasons for muzzleloading: an early mid-October (Oct. 17-19) and a late season from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4. The firearm season will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14 and again in Region B only Jan. 10-11. The statewide bag limit allows hunters one antlered whitetail deer per season, with a bonus antlered deer allowed in Region B in the season of the hunter's choice. There is also an unlimited number of antlerless deer allowed taken in Region B with archery equipment, and hunters can take up to 10 antlerless deer in each of the other seasons.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2011
A managed deer hunt in Baltimore County parks could happen under a bill introduced at Monday's council meeting. Republican Councilmen Todd Huff and David Marks sponsored the bill, which would amend county code to permit a hunt in collaboration with the state Department of Natural Resources. A study by a county environmental commission conducted more than a year ago determined that deer were causing severe damage in some parks, particularly Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, leading to devastated crops and greenery, and potentially increasing the spread of Lyme disease.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
A 546-acre deer hunting area that opened in Anne Arundel County shortly after Thanksgiving and will close at the end of January has seen only seven deer taken so far, according to the deer project leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. But the small number of deer killed by hunters at the Crownsville Cooperative Wildlife Management Area doesn't surprise Brian Eyler. "It normally takes a year or two for new areas to catch on," Eyler said. The hunting area in Crownsville opened Nov. 26, two days after the start of the deer firearm season, and will close when the bowhunting season ends Jan. 31. Deer hunting only is permitted there, and the program will follow the guidelines for bag limits in the 2012-2013 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland.
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April 27, 2011
The proposal by 3rd District County Council member Todd Huff to allow controlled deer hunting in some county parks is expected to be discussed at Tuesday’s County Council work session in Towson. Huff, a Republican who represents the northern part of the county, introduced the bill April 4, and at the time said deer are spreading Lyme disease, destroying vegetation and causing major car accidents. Republican and 5th District Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson and Perry Hall, is co-sponsoring the bill.
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September 13, 1995
Hunting in the state parks is a delicate undertaking, requiring an extreme concern for the safety of hunters and non-hunters alike. Especially in the suburban areas, where houses have sprung up along the sylvan borders and where concentrated recreation demands are greatest.Plans by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' to conduct a managed, one-week shotgun hunt for reproductive does in Susquehanna State Park in Harford County this fall again raises these legitimate concerns.At the same time, there is a demonstrated threat to the ecosystem and to the nearby human residences of far too many deer.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | October 10, 1993
Deer hunting permits for the 13-day firearms season at Harford County's Stoney Forest are available by lottery for the second straight season, Department of Natural Resources officials say.Ten permits a day, excluding Sundays, between Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, will be issued for the 318-acre tract of public land near Creswell along James Run between Bel Air and Aberdeen.Lottery winners may reserve two hunting days a week during the firearms season.The lottery will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 10, with separate drawings for each week of the firearms season.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1998
Two brothers were accused early yesterday of jacklighting -- hunting deer illegally by using a spotlight to illuminate the animals at night -- said a spokesman for Maryland Natural Resources Police.Spokesman John Surrick said Cpl. Paul Hanyok was on routine patrol along Bennett Road near Long Corner Road in Mount Airy about 2 a.m. when he saw two men standing on the road next to a vehicle, shining a spotlight onto a privately owned cornfield.Surrick said the area has a large deer population.
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By LONNY WEAVER | August 22, 1993
A total of 929 deer were taken by Anne Arundel County hunters during last year's September to January seasons, according to official figures just released by the Department of Natural Resources figures.County bowhunters accounted for 292, of which 175 whitetails were antlered bucks. Shotgun hunters bagged 556 deer, of which 249 were bucks, during Maryland's first-ever two-week firearms hunt. During the December muzzleloader season, a total of 81 deer (24 bucks and 57 does) were harvested.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | December 19, 1993
Three Carroll County men have been cited by the Department of Natural Resources rangers for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 11, the last day of the deer firearms season in Maryland, according to a spokeswoman for the DNR.Charles Hamilton McKinney, 30, of Sykesville, and Bruce Wayne Rogers, 35, of Eldersburg were cited for alleged possession of a weapon on state land.Mr. McKinney also was charged with hunting in the Soldier's Delight Natural Environment Area in Baltimore County. Each violation carries a fine of $70 if the defendants don't choose to stand trial.
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December 25, 2012
I am neither a gun owner nor "gun grabber," as the National Rifle Association likes to call anyone who thinks military-style firearms are unnecessary to protect one's home ("Battle lines form in gun debate," Dec. 19). Those who are vulnerable to the NRA's paranoid talk need to think about what they are so afraid of. If you think that an assault rifle with a clip of 100 bullets will save you from some imagined attack by the government, you are wrong. Deer hunting doesn't require semi-automatic or automatic weapons.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2012
With an increase in the number of permits given out and a record number of bears killed during last month's five-day Maryland black bear hunt came another high mark - arrests made for illegal baiting and other violations. According to the Natural Resources Police, 22 hunters were arrested. While it represented more than five times the number of hunters arrested last year (four) and double the number from 2010, it is only 2.5 percent of the number of hunters who were either issued permits or had sub-permits.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
Kaitlin Zembower had gone deer hunting with her father Jerry countless times over the years near their Frostburg home, but the experience they shared during last year's annual Maryland black bear hunt was much different. Though Jerry Zembower had seen the same bear every day on his way to work in the week leading up to the hunt, he and his daughter didn't see any, let alone shoot one, during their hunt. But Kaitlin wouldn't trade those hours last October for any other time she had spent with her dad hunting.
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August 16, 2012
Anyone can understand that sharing experiences helps people bond, especially when it involves an outdoors activity. But doing so by teaching wounded veterans to kill innocent whitetail deer with bows and arrows is inhumane and should stop ("Helping veterans to recover with hunting," Aug. 11). Helping our nation's wounded warriors rehabilitate is a noble calling. Taking them into the woods together, rebuilding their self-confidence, enjoying a sunrise, and watching wildlife can only help.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
Ashley Bates nearly missed the first day of this year's Junior Deer Hunt. The 12-year-old from Catonsville, who took a safety class last spring in order to hunt, was supposed to be practicing with her club field hockey team Nov. 12. But when Ken Bates got word the night before that his daughter's practice had been canceled, he packed up the truck, picked up his father, Ken Sr., and took his daughter to a Worchester County property the family has...
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November 15, 2011
Editor: I was reluctant to read the article on luring deer because I have an aversion to hunting and killing. However, curiosity made me read it to see how hunters lure innocent deer into their sight. So I learned about scenting, rattling antlers and grunt calling. But it was the last sentence, "Learning to call the deer in can be as much fun as shooting them," that went straight to my heart. I've heard most of the reasons for hunting deer — thinning the population, lessening car accidents, relieving the starvation of deer in winter, and protecting the farmer's livelihood — so I am prepared to be chided for my naivete.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Maryland hunters would be allowed to pursue deer on Sunday for the first time in 300 years under legislation approved last night by the General Assembly. The measure, which goes to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for his signature, would permit hunting only on private land during one Sunday in the November archery season and the first Sunday in modern firearms season. It requires hunters to get written permission from landowners and concentrates hunting in less-populated, rural jurisdictions.
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By TED SHELSBY and TED SHELSBY,SUN REPORTER | December 18, 2005
For the first time since Harry Truman was president, hunters are taking their weapons into a 1,700-acre section of woodland just outside the little town of Dublin in search of deer. The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has opened its Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in northeastern Harford County to hunters in an attempt to control an exploding deer population. "It's the first time since 1948 that hunting has been allowed," said Reed Blom, director of support services for the Boy Scouts council.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2011
Controlled deer hunts can take place in certain Baltimore County parks, but under tighter conditions than originally proposed, according to a bill approved Monday by the County Council. Seeking to frame the bill as part of a broader strategy to control the overflowing deer population, council members deleted some references to hunting from the bill in favor of "deer cooperator program. " County officials will also explore other methods of deer control including sterilization. The bill clearly states that it is not intended to allow open season in county parks — requiring any hunt to be conducted at night under the supervision of the state Department of Natural Resources.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2011
Baltimore County Council members are looking to amend a bill to permit controlled deer kills in certain public parks, but critics say the proposed changes don't go far enough. Council members said the changes are being formulated, but references to hunting have been deleted in favor of a "wildlife management program. " Other amendments would require the county to also explore alternative methods of deer control — including sterilization — and would clearly state that the bill would not allow open season in county parks.
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