Outdoors - Autumn brings hunting, fishing opportunities

September 28, 2008|By Bill Anderson

We are entering the time of the year when the most, and most varied, hunting seasons are open. October has something for almost everyone: Waterfowl hunting, upland birds, archery deer, bear, fall turkey ... the list is a long one. Add in the many fall fishing opportunities, and it's hard to find enough non-work days to enjoy it all.

The following is an overview of some of the upcoming October season dates. Keep in mind that this is just a summary, and you will need to consult the regulations for detailed information on county-specific regulations, bag limits, etc.

Maryland Hunting Seasons

Early Muzzleloader Season - in Region B, which is all of Maryland except Allegany and Garrett counties, the October muzzleloader season, will be open Oct. 16-18 for antlered and antlerless deer. The season continues Oct. 20-25 for antlerless deer only.

Fall Turkey - Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 in selected counties.


Ruffed Grouse - Oct. 4 through Jan. 31.

Black Bear - If you were lucky enough to draw a permit, Maryland will hold its bear season on Oct. 20-25.

Early Waterfowl Segment - Maryland offers an early segment to the duck season which will be Oct. 18-25. It is important to consult the full details on regulations.

Fall Trout Stocking

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced recently that it plans to stock approximately 19,000 trout during October. Even better, some of the trout will be big browns weighing between three and five pounds each.

DNR officials say that late summer rains, combined with cooling water temperatures, will allow them to start stocking soon. The final stocking dates and locations will be dependent on water flow and temperature, but the DNR expects to start the second week of October and stocking will probably be complete by the end of the month.

In past years, conditions allowed trout stocking in popular waters such as North Branch Potomac, Bear Creek, Town Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Antietam Creek, Beaver Creek, Cunningham Falls, Rainbow Lake, Greenbrier Lake, Morgan Run, Patapsco River, Gunpowder Falls, Great Seneca, Wheatley Lake, Lake Artemesia, Greenbelt Lake, Big Elk, Deer Creek and Tuckahoe.

For the latest stocking info, anglers are asked to call the DNR trout stocking information telephone line at 800-688-3467. This recording will be updated weekly beginning Oct. 1 and will allow anglers to find out if their favorite area has been stocked. In addition, after the stockings are completed, a list of stocked areas will be posted online at

Bill Anderson writes a weekly outdoors column for The Herald-Mail.

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