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Hunters get one more shot at deer herd

January 07, 1998

Hunters get one more shot at deer herd

By GUY FLETCHER

Staff Writer

Local hunters can take advantage of a bonus this weekend when Maryland opens an extended two-day firearms deer season, but they'll have to travel a ways to do so.

Hunting will be allowed in 18 counties in the state on Friday and Saturday, but none of the permitted areas is in Western Maryland. The closest area where hunting will be allowed is in Montgomery County.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Patricia Manown said the extended hunt is needed to reduce the number of deer in the state, particularly in the metropolitan areas where deer are damaging property and "having a feast" in densely populated communities and developments.

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"It's just the deer population and the nature of the beast," Manown said.

The problem isn't as big in Washington County and the rest of Western Maryland, she said.

"We have a lot more open land (in those areas), where we seem to fulfill the goal for harvesting deer," Manown.

Paul Wolber, president of the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, said the hunters to whom he has spoken understand the situation and don't seem concerned that they are being left out.

Manown said this weekend's hunt will be for antlerless deer only, and hunters are eligible to participate only if they did not fill their antlerless permits during last fall's two-week statewide firearms season.

"Some people thought this was a free-for-all, but it's not," she said.

The state's bow season for deer is open and will continue until Jan. 31.

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