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Hunters still have a shot to get a deer

December 24, 2006|by BILL ANDERSON

Even though many deer hunters started the 2006 hunting season in September or October, a few are still really interested heading into the final days of December.

If you are still looking to fill a deer tag, there are a few late-season opportunities available as the year winds down. The following are some late season hunting possibilities:

West Virginia Antlerless Season - Selected West Virginia counties offer a four-day segment to the antlerless season from Wednesday through Saturday. All of the standard regulations, such as county bag limits, apply for this segment. For example, in Berkeley and Morgan Counties the total antlerless bag limit could be up to three deer with the proper tags.

West Virginia Bear Season - The firearms season runs Dec. 4-31 in many counties. Hunters need to consult the regulations for information on which exact areas are open.

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One of the keys to the December firearms bear season is the weather. When the weather is mild, as it has been this December, bears delay going to den so they are more available to hunters.

Locally, black bears are legal game during the late firearms season in both Morgan and Berkeley Counties. This is a great opportunity to bag the region's premier game animal. Bear hunting with dogs is not legal in Morgan and Berkeley Counties.

Maryland Muzzleloader Season - The season is split into early and late segments. The regulations also vary by management region.

The late muzzleloader season in Region A is open on public lands from Dec. 16-29, for antlered deer only. Dec. 30 is open for either sex of deer.

The region's muzzleloader season on private lands runs from Dec. 16-27 for antlered deer only with Dec. 28-30 opened for deer of either sex.

Late Firearms Season Segment in Management Region B - If you have property to hunt in Maryland's Region B, there will be two more days of regular firearms season hunting (for the most part, this means shotguns only) on Jan. 5-6. All standard regulations, such as bag limits, apply to this segment.

Best wishes to all for the holiday season.

Bill Anderson may be contacted via email at bill@weekend-sportsman.com

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