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By Candus Thomson | candus.thomson@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
Austin's Deer Processing is hard by BWI Marshall Airport and a stone's throw from Arundel Mills on a bend in the road that really makes you slow down and pay attention. While folks were winging their way home after a visit with relatives or fighting mall traffic for those must-have holiday gifts, lots of hunters made the turn off Ridge Road and into Austin's the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the first day of Maryland gun season. There was a sense of purpose this year as hunters raced to put deer in the freezer as a way to pinch pennies.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
Hindered by cold, wet and windy weather at the start of the state's two-week firearm deer hunting season, as well as an abundance of acorns, fewer deer were taken this year, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Though hunters took more than 36,000 deer during the two-week firearm season that ended Dec. 8, there was a nearly 20percent drop in the state's most populous region and a 12 percent drop throughout the rest of the state. Brian Eyler, deer project leader for the DNR, said last month that officials hoped for a harvest of between 40,000 and 50,000 of the state's minimum estimated population of about 230,000 deer.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | January 5, 1997
The state has approved the Department of Natural Resources' request for a two-day extension of the firearms season for deer for Friday and Saturday in 18 of the state's 23 counties.DNR Secretary John R. Griffin said the extension was approved by the General Assembly's Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee to help manage deer herds in counties in which the regular two-week firearms season harvests did not meet objectives.Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties will be closed during the two-day hunt, and in open counties, only antlerless white-tailed or sika deer can be killed.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2012
The first week of the state's two-week firearm season for hunting deers has produced fewer deer taken and at least one hunter seriously injured. According to Brian Eyler, Deer Project Leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, colder than normal temperatures and windy conditions, as well an abundance of acorns, led to a 10 percent drop in the number of deer taken compared to last year. There were 15,829 whitetails taken compared to 17,613 last year. Of the whitetails taken, 6,759 were antlered and 9,070 were without antlers.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1996
Hunters in Maryland set a record during the two-week firearms hunting season for deer last year, and, according to state game managers, the potential exists for another record this season."
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 29, 1998
At 6: 30 a.m. yesterday, Gina Reed had the grill up to temperature at the Lisbon Country Corner sandwich shop and deer-checking station and sounded as if she wished she, too, were out in the woods and fields of western Howard County for the opening of firearms hunting season."
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1996
Last week, one hunter shot and killed another in Western Maryland after mistaking his companion for a deer, and that accidental death is remarkable for several reasons -- the least of which is that the pair was hunting out of season.According to news reports, neither of the men was wearing hunter orange clothing, which is required in many hunting situations and recommended in all.Also according to news reports, the killing shot was fired into an area obscured by brush and trees, without the shooter first confirming his target and ensuring he had a clear field of fire.
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September 15, 1992
For the first time in Maryland, the firearms season for dee hunting will be two weeks instead of one, state wildlife officials said yesterday."This will increase recreational hunting activity, giving people a second week and a third Saturday to hunt," said Thomas P. Mathews, regional wildlife biologist.L The new two-week firearms season is Nov. 28 through Dec. 12.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
Two days after hundreds of thousands of turkeys were consumed at dinner tables across the state, white-tailed and sika deers are now in the crosshairs for hunters looking to feast on venison. The state's two-week deer firearm season is scheduled to begin Saturday and run through Dec. 8. Brian Eyler, deer project leader for the Maryland Department of Natural of Resources, said Friday that an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 of the state's deer population will likely be harvested during the two-week hunt, including up to 15,000 on Saturday.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2011
For those venturing out on the first day of firearm hunting season Sunday, where you shoot from is as important to safety as the weapons of choice. According to George F. Johnson IV, superintendent colonel for the Department of Natural Resources, "tree-stand incidents account for most hunting accidents. " Johnson and others suggest hunters use a full-body safety harness to keep them tethered to the tree. Broken or worn equipment should be replaced or fixed before hunters climb into the stand.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
Despite Maryland's best efforts to stem a national tide, a fatal illness akin to mad cow disease has been detected in a single white-tailed deer in Allegany County. The confirmation — making Maryland the 20 t h state to be touched by chronic wasting disease — came Thursday from laboratory tests of deer brain stems from the hunting season that just ended. "From our perspective this was inevitable, but it's far from doomsday," said Paul Peditto, director of the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
When Colleen Ballantine, Cheryl Sanders and Bradley Kennedy size up meat for their freezers, they're thinking three things: free-range, low-fat, clean of antibiotics. The three women are deer hunters, and their market of choice is the woods of Maryland. With consumer demand rapidly growing for animals raised humanely and meat free of things not found in nature, supermarkets are stocking bison and pasture-raised beef at premium prices. But hunters -- especially women -- say white-tailed deer are nearby and plentiful, healthful and economical.
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By Sports Digest | December 19, 2009
After a strong opening weekend that surpassed last year's numbers by 20 percent, Maryland's two-week deer hunting season for firearms leveled off and ended 33 deer below the 2008 total. Hunters killed 43,664 white-tailed deer and 1,140 sika deer. The total in the two western-most counties was 4,809 deer, just eight fewer than last year. Hunters in the rest of the state killed 39,995 deer, a slight decrease from last year's total of 40,020. Junior deer hunters supervised by a licensed, unarmed adult, bagged 1,961 deer statewide, a 28 percent increase over last year's total.
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By Candus Thomson | candus.thomson@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
Austin's Deer Processing is hard by BWI Marshall Airport and a stone's throw from Arundel Mills on a bend in the road that really makes you slow down and pay attention. While folks were winging their way home after a visit with relatives or fighting mall traffic for those must-have holiday gifts, lots of hunters made the turn off Ridge Road and into Austin's the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the first day of Maryland gun season. There was a sense of purpose this year as hunters raced to put deer in the freezer as a way to pinch pennies.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | November 27, 2009
As tens of thousands of deer hunters prepare for the busiest part of the season Saturday, it's hard to believe there was a time during the early days of the last century when deer were nearly extinct in Maryland and hunting them was banned. It also might be hard to believe that the population explosion started in the 1930s, when six deer were released by state wildlife managers at Aberdeen Proving Ground. "There is no other native species in North America that's demonstrated this kind of decline and recovery," said Paul Peditto, head of the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service.
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