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Waterfowl seasons finalized

OUTDOORS --

August 31, 2008|By BILL ANDERSON

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the season dates for the fall waterfowl seasons have been finalized.

Some of the highlights:

* As reported earlier, the duck season will feature three segments: Oct. 18-25, Nov. 8-28 and Dec. 16 to Jan. 24.

* This season, hunters may take up to six ducks per day and a change this fall will allow a three-bird bag limit for wood ducks.

* The scaup daily bag limit will be one bird for the first 40 days of the regular duck season, and two scaup per day the last 20 days of the season. The canvasback season will be closed this fall.

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ยท Maryland hunters will have a 60-day duck season and a 45-day migratory Canada goose season for the 2008-2009 season.

Black bear permits

Time is quickly running out to apply for a permit for the 2008 Maryland bear season.

If you plan to apply online, you must do so by 6 p.m. Monday.

Mail applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and mailed to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 30, Cumberland, Md., 21501. There is a nonrefundable $15 fee required with your application. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and money orders will be accepted.

The DNR says the permits, which will number a total of 225, will be awarded by a random selection process Thursday. The list of winning applicants will be available online at blackbear.dnr.state.md.us at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Maryland will also offer applicants the opportunity to purchase preference points this year if they do not wish to be included in the drawing.

This will be the fifth black bear hunting season. The season is scheduled to take place Oct. 20-25. Based on the results from past seasons, it is likely the season will be closed after a day or two of hunting when the harvest target is reached.

Bill Anderson writes a weekly outdoors column for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached by e-mail at bill@weekend-sportsman.com.

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