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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | October 16, 1994
On Thursday, Maryland's experimental early muzzleloader hunting season for deer opens in all connties, with a bag limit of one for all hunters.The season closes Saturday.In Allegany, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, hunters may take only antlered deer. In all other counties, hunters may choose between antlered or antlerless deer.In Dorchester County, the three day season also is open to sika deer, antlered or antlerless.The experimental season, which was the subject of much debate at public meetings earlier this year, was put in to give a growing number of muzzleloader hunters an opportunity to hunt when conditions might be more favorable for them than the traditional black powder season in December.
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From Sun staff reports | October 12, 2014
The first segment of Maryland's muzzleloader deer season will open Oct. 16. The early muzzleloader season will run Oct. 16-18 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A consists of Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties (private land codes 250 & 251), and Region B is the rest of the state. Also in Region B, hunters can kill antlerless-only deer Oct. 20-25. There is a statewide bag limit for antlered deer (bucks) of one per weapon season. Hunters in Region B have the option to take one additional bonus buck after purchasing a bonus antlered deer stamp and killing two antlerless deer.
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By PETER BAKER | March 20, 1994
Last week Maryland hunters were invited to learn about proposed deer hunting seasons for 1994-1995 and to express their opinions of the proposals at meetings with state Department of Natural Resources personnel in Salisbury, Towson and Waldorf.The proposal calling for an early muzzleloader season drew the most interest at the meetings, each of which included a workshop session in which hunters separated for small-group discussions.At Loch Raven High School Tuesday night, for example, seven of nine work groups were mainly concerned with proposed deer seasons.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | October 19, 2007
FINKSBURG -- The start of one of Maryland's most popular hunting seasons gave state wildlife managers their first look at the effects of a deadly virus on the white-tailed deer population. Biologists were at taxidermy and butcher shops yesterday for the first day of the two-day-early muzzleloader season to look at the health of deer and to ask hunters whether they have seen signs of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a naturally occurring outbreak that happens every year on the East Coast.
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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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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Department of Natural Resorces Deer firearms season SUN STAFF | November 19, 1995
The two-week firearms season for deer opens Saturday, and based on projections from the ongoing bow season and the early, three-day muzzleloader season, prospects are good for hunters across the state. They are especially promising in Western Maryland, which holds the largest tracts of public hunting lands."Right now out here in Allegany and Garrett counties, we are in the middle of the rut," said Tom Mathews of DNR's forest game program. "We have a good mast crop, so there is plenty of food available for the deer, and traditionally, when we have snow cover on opening day, hunters do very well."
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
Hunters in four suburban counties were allowed to return to the woods yesterday afternoon, when Gov. Parris N. Glendening lifted the ban he imposed on Oct. 15 at the height of the sniper investigation. The ban gutted the six-day early muzzleloader season in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The season ends one-half hour after sunset today. Paul Peditto, director of Wildlife and Heritage for the Department of Natural Resources, said sportsmen "took the high road.
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By PETER BAKER and PETER BAKER,Department of Natural Resources | December 9, 1993
Maryland hunters go into the last day of the modern firearms season for deer on Saturday facing a chance of poor weather for the third successive weekend.The kill statewide on opening day of the two-week firearms season was 12,085, a drop of 3,476 from opening day in 1992. However, according to a state Department of Natural Resources official, there are no plans to extend the firearms season."Normally what happens is that when the [modern] firearms season is off, then the muzzleloader season picks up," said Joshua Sandt, director of DNR's Wildlife Division, and heavy hunting pressure carries later into the year.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | February 5, 1995
The Department of Natural Resources announced proposed changes in hunting seasons and regulations late last week, including the possibility of a one-day deer hunt dedicated to junior hunters.Joshua L. Sandt, director of the Wildlife Division, said the junior hunt could be held Saturday, Nov. 18, with those under the age of 16 eligible to participate if they have passed a hunter safety course and are accompanied by a licensed hunter age 21 or older.Special youth hunts have been held in Southern Maryland, but the proposed one-day hunt would be open statewide.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1996
Unfavorable weather conditions through the three-day early muzzleloader hunting season for deer last month resulted in a 16 percent decrease in hunter success statewide, according to preliminary figures from the Department of Natural Resources.The unofficial total was 3,851. Last year's early season produced a take of 4,589 deer.According to DNR, warm weather on the opening day and wind and rain on the last day of the season kept the number of hunters in the field lower than in other years.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
Hunters in four suburban counties were allowed to return to the woods yesterday afternoon, when Gov. Parris N. Glendening lifted the ban he imposed on Oct. 15 at the height of the sniper investigation. The ban gutted the six-day early muzzleloader season in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The season ends one-half hour after sunset today. Paul Peditto, director of Wildlife and Heritage for the Department of Natural Resources, said sportsmen "took the high road.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | October 20, 2002
It's not like we're going to run out of deer anytime soon, so why do some folks have their innards in an uproar about the ban on deer hunting until the hunter of people in the Washington suburbs is caught? Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan was right to ask, and Gov. Parris N. Glendening was right to agree to a temporary halt in recreational shooting in the two affected counties and two adjacent ones. The executive order puts a major dent in the muzzleloader season and small-game hunting.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1999
In the past decade, the muzzleloader season for deer has drawn growing numbers of hunters and produced steadily increasing kill rates, especially in areas of the state where whitetail populations are thriving.According to statistics from the Department of Natural Resources, the harvest of antlerless deer increased in those areas by 11 percent last year. And when the muzzleloader season reopens Saturday, regulations again will direct the hunt toward antlerless deer in most of the state.Much of the growth in the muzzleloader hunts is the result of a three-day October season started a few years ago. Last year, 63 percent of the record 16,233 deer taken by muzzleloader hunters were killed in the October split.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | October 17, 1999
Maryland's muzzleloader hunting season for deer opens Thursday with a few new wrinkles, including an expanded season in all or parts of 19 counties."Maryland's General Assembly passed legislation in 1999 which provides for an additional two-day antlerless-only whitetail deer season in Regions C and D," said Mike Slattery, director of wildlife with the Department of Natural Resources.The statewide early segment of muzzleloader season will run through Saturday. The extra two days will be Oct. 29 and 30.Regions C and D include all areas except Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Carroll counties and northwestern Frederick County (Zone 1)
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1998
The Department of Natural Resources has finalized its proposed hunting regulations for the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, including a new four-zone deer plan expected to help biologists manage whitetail populations more effectively across the state.The state's new approach to deer management was first presented to the public early this year and then discussed in detail at a series of five public meetings in March.DNR Secretary John R. Griffin said the final proposals "have been modified in response to citizens' " comments, as well as legislation enacted by the 1998 session of the General Assembly.
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By Lonny Weaver and Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 22, 1998
Under proposed deer hunting regulations, Carroll County hunters will be allowed to take a maximum of six whitetails beginning this fall.Bow hunters will be allowed one buck or doe plus an additional "bonus deer" with the purchase of a stamp. If the first deer taken was antler-less, the second may be buck or doe.Participants in each of the separate seasons (bow, muzzleloader, and modern firearms) are limited to a single antlered deer in each of those seasons.Muzzleloader hunters who have purchased a Bonus Deer Stamp may take an additional deer, but not during the early segment of the muzzleloader season.
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By PETER BAKER | January 29, 1995
Maryland ran experimental split muzzleloader deer hunting seasons last October and December, and while there was a good deal of concern among hunters before the hunts took effect, the experiment appears to have had little impact on traditional deer hunting seasons."
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By PETER BAKER and PETER BAKER,Wildlife Division, Department of Natural Resources | December 1, 1994
Entering the modern firearms hunting season for deer, there were some hunters who questioned whether the addition of an October muzzleloader season earlier this fall would have an adverse impact on the current two-week season that opened last Saturday.Ed Golden, head of the state's deer management program, said Tuesday that preliminary counts from opening day indicate a good success rate by hunters across the state."Even given that the bow kill so far through their season has been up from last year and that we had the early muzzleloader season in October," said Golden, "it was a good opening day."
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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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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1996
Unfavorable weather conditions through the three-day early muzzleloader hunting season for deer last month resulted in a 16 percent decrease in hunter success statewide, according to preliminary figures from the Department of Natural Resources.The unofficial total was 3,851. Last year's early season produced a take of 4,589 deer.According to DNR, warm weather on the opening day and wind and rain on the last day of the season kept the number of hunters in the field lower than in other years.
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