October brings variety for hunters

October 09, 2005|By Bill Anderson

October has something for every hunter: Waterfowl hunting, upland birds, archery deer, archery bear, fall turkey - and the list goes on. When you factor in fall fishing opportunities, you have a hard time finding enough weekend days to enjoy it all.

The following is an overview of some of the October season dates. Consult regulations for detailed information on county specific regulations, bag limits and the like.

Maryland Seasons

Early Muzzleloader Season: In Region B, which is all of Maryland except Allegany and Garrett counties, the Oct. muzzleloader season is open Oct. 20-22 for antlered and antlerless deer. The season continues Oct. 24-29 for antlerless deer only.

Fall Turkey: Oct. 29-Nov. 5 in selected counties.

Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock: Oct. 1, 2005-Jan. 31, 2006. Woodcock season in Maryland opens Nov. 4 and stays open until Nov. 24.


Black Bear: Maryland is still planning to hold its permit-only bear season Oct. 24-28.

Early Waterfowl Segment: Maryland offers an early segment to the duck season, which will be Oct. 8-15. Be sure to consult the full details on regulations - for example, black ducks and canvasback ducks are not legal during this season.

West Virginia Seasons

Archery Deer: The bow season will be Oct. 15-Dec. 31. Keep in mind that you must buy any additional bow tags prior to opening day. One change for this year is that the total bag limit for antlered bucks in all seasons will be three bucks. If you take two bucks during the bow season, you will have only one tag for the following seasons.

Archery Bear: Season dates are Oct. 15 -Nov. 19. The season is open statewide except for the Cranberry Closed Area. Last year, archers bagged 368 bears in West Virginia.

Fall Turkey: This season varies by county. Some counties are open Oct. 22-Nov. 19. Other counties will be open Oct. 22- through Oct. 29.

Early Waterfowl Seasons - Duck season is open Oct. 1-15 in both waterfowl zones. The Canada goose season is Oct. 1-15 in Zone 1 and Oct. 1-29 in Zone 2.

Grouse and Woodcock - West Virginia has a national reputation as an outstanding grouse and woodcock hunting state, thanks in no small part to the writing of the late George Bird Evans of Bruceton Mills.

This year's woodcock season will be Oct. 21-Nov. 19 with a three-bird limit. The ruffed grouse season will be Oct. 15, 2005-Feb. 28.

This is just an overview. You also have the squirrel season that opened Sept. 3 in Maryland and Oct. 8 in West Virginia. And you have the many great fall fishing opportunities. All in all, you would make a strong case that Oct. is the best month on the calendar.

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