The last of the deer season opening days will occur Monday in Pennsylvania. This period of three opening days in eight days - including West Virginia last Monday and Maryland on Saturday - represents the busiest time of the year for outdoor sports. Wildlife managers are hoping for anther big deer kill. In nearly every area the deer population is at or near maximum capacity.
As this firearms seasons arrives, and begin to wind down, it's worth remembering that there are still plenty of late season opportunities for hunters to fill a deer tag in 2003 or, in some cases, early 2004.
Two of the most popular and important opportunities are the muzzleloader season in West Virginia and the late segment of the muzzleloader season in Maryland. The following are some highlights:
n West Virginia Muzzleloader Season - Open from Dec. 15-20. The season will be open in all counties also open during the bucks season. In counties open for antlerless hunting, a deer of either sex may be taken during the muzzleloader season.