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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2012
Maryland wildlife officials are considering creating a statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks and reducing the overall limit from nine bucks to three, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources official said Tuesday. Many hunters have asked state officials to restrict the harvest of bucks so more bucks survive longer and grow larger antlers, said Peter Jayne, game program manager for the state agency's Wildlife and Heritage Service. State officials have been trying to reduce the white-tailed deer population in most of the state, but a more effective way of doing that is to reduce the doe population, Jayne said.
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By BILL ANDERSON | August 14, 2005
Maryland waterfowl hunters can begin making plans, because the official dates are out for the early waterfowl seasons and the proposed dates are out for the later waterfowl seasons. The early waterfowl season - which in our area, is the Western Zone and is for resident Canada geese - is Sept. 1-24 with a bag limit of 8 birds per day. The season in the Eastern Zone is Sept. 1-15 with a bag limit of 8 birds per day. Yes, it is a big bag limit, but there are a lot of resident Canada geese.
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by BILL ANDERSON | September 24, 2006
The early waterfowl hunting season for resident geese started nearly a month ago, but the main season will begin with the opening of the Maryland waterfowl seasons, also called the late waterfowl season by the DNR. The duck season dates and bag limits are good this year, which reflect the generally good reports from the major breeding areas. The Maryland duck season will once again be divided into three segments: Oct. 14-21; Nov. 11-24; and Dec. 12-Jan. 27. The bag limit is established by the federal government each season based on population estimates that are taken in the prairie breeding grounds in Canada and the western U.S. This year, the general duck bag limit is back up to a maximum of six ducks as follows: The Maryland bag limit is six ducks per day, which may include no more than: Five long-tailed ducks, four scoters, four mallards (no more than two hen mallards)
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by BILL ANDERSON / Staff Correspondent | September 21, 2003
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the final season dates selections for the 2003-04 waterfowl season. Maryland duck hunters can look forward to a long season, with relatively liberal bag limits. The season dates are based on a framework provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Maryland hunters will have a 60-day season divided into three segments. The segments are: Oct. 25 through Nov. 1; Nov. 8 through Nov. 28; and Dec. 16 through Jan. 24. The annual survey of duck nesting success showed that the pintail populations were up this spring and summer, but the species is still well below historical levels.
NEWS
By Bill Anderson | August 21, 2005
For many years now, the state waterfowl seasons have been set based upon a framework that the state receives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The framework is new each season and is set up after a scientific survey of the major duck-breeding areas in the U.S. and Canada. Many factors affect the duck-breeding success each year, but none of them are more important than water. A wet year makes for a good nesting habitat, and a dry spring has the opposite effect. Several consecutive years of low rainfall make for a very bad situation.
NEWS
August 8, 2004
The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources has released the season dates and bag limits for the migratory birds seasons sometimes referred to as webless (not a duck or goose) migratory birds seasons. Birds that are in the category include doves, woodcock, common snipe and rails. The season dates for the migratory bird species are established within a framework provided to the states by the feds - the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The dates and limits that will be of great interest to many hunters is the woodcock season which is relatively short - Oct. 22-Nov.
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by BILL ANDERSON | October 1, 2006
October is a month with many opportunities for outdoor recreation, and early-season hunting for wood ducks is one of the more popular ones. The dates for the Maryland duck season, as I mentioned last week, are: Oct. 14-21, Nov. 11-24 and Dec. 12-Jan. 27. West Virginia's duck-hunting season is divided into two segments for two zones: Zone 1 - Oct. 1. 2-14 and Dec. 5-Jan. 20; Zone 2 - Oct. 2-14 and Nov. 21-Jan. 6. Zone 2 is made up of some of the highest elevation areas of the state, and the season dates are adjusted to the generally colder weather those parts of the state experience.
NEWS
September 5, 2004
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the final 2004-05 late waterfowl hunting seasons for Maryland. This year's waterfowl hunting seasons include a 45-day hunting season for migratory AP (Atlantic Population) Canada geese. The AP goose season will be split into two parts, from Nov. 18-26 and from Dec. 18 to Jan. 29. The daily bag limit will be a goose per day for the first 25 days of the season, and two geese per day starting Jan. 7 for the last 20 days of the season.
NEWS
By BILL ANDERSON | August 31, 2008
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.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 20, 2012
Tens of thousands of Marylanders and people from surrounding states will be taking to the woods this weekend for the start of the two-week firearm season. Last year, approximately 75,000 hunters bagged 98,029 deer statewide, including 34,416 bucks, said Brian Eyler, the Deer Project Leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. More than 41,000 of those - including 14,293 bucks - were taken in the firearm season, which runs from Saturday to Dec. 8, he said. “I'm expecting a harvest this year similar to last year,” Eyler said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 20, 2012
Tens of thousands of Marylanders and people from surrounding states will be taking to the woods this weekend for the start of the two-week firearm season. Last year, approximately 75,000 hunters bagged 98,029 deer statewide, including 34,416 bucks, said Brian Eyler, the Deer Project Leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. More than 41,000 of those - including 14,293 bucks - were taken in the firearm season, which runs from Saturday to Dec. 8, he said. “I'm expecting a harvest this year similar to last year,” Eyler said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2012
Maryland wildlife officials are considering creating a statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks and reducing the overall limit from nine bucks to three, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources official said Tuesday. Many hunters have asked state officials to restrict the harvest of bucks so more bucks survive longer and grow larger antlers, said Peter Jayne, game program manager for the state agency's Wildlife and Heritage Service. State officials have been trying to reduce the white-tailed deer population in most of the state, but a more effective way of doing that is to reduce the doe population, Jayne said.
SPORTS
By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2011
When many people hear the phrase “hunting season,” the first animal they think of is deer. Deer hunting is the most popular form of hunting in this area, and Washington County is a hot spot for it. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 8,587 deer were harvested in the county in 2009, the most of any county in the state. But there are plenty of other hunting opportunities that residents can take advantage of in the area, from game birds to small mammals to larger mammals.
NEWS
By BILL ANDERSON | August 31, 2008
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.
NEWS
by BILL ANDERSON | October 1, 2006
October is a month with many opportunities for outdoor recreation, and early-season hunting for wood ducks is one of the more popular ones. The dates for the Maryland duck season, as I mentioned last week, are: Oct. 14-21, Nov. 11-24 and Dec. 12-Jan. 27. West Virginia's duck-hunting season is divided into two segments for two zones: Zone 1 - Oct. 1. 2-14 and Dec. 5-Jan. 20; Zone 2 - Oct. 2-14 and Nov. 21-Jan. 6. Zone 2 is made up of some of the highest elevation areas of the state, and the season dates are adjusted to the generally colder weather those parts of the state experience.
NEWS
by BILL ANDERSON | September 24, 2006
The early waterfowl hunting season for resident geese started nearly a month ago, but the main season will begin with the opening of the Maryland waterfowl seasons, also called the late waterfowl season by the DNR. The duck season dates and bag limits are good this year, which reflect the generally good reports from the major breeding areas. The Maryland duck season will once again be divided into three segments: Oct. 14-21; Nov. 11-24; and Dec. 12-Jan. 27. The bag limit is established by the federal government each season based on population estimates that are taken in the prairie breeding grounds in Canada and the western U.S. This year, the general duck bag limit is back up to a maximum of six ducks as follows: The Maryland bag limit is six ducks per day, which may include no more than: Five long-tailed ducks, four scoters, four mallards (no more than two hen mallards)
NEWS
By Randy A. Breeden - Williamsport | April 15, 2006
I read with great sadness and much disgust about the shooting of the female black bear and the death of her cubs. The depths to which humanity can lower itself to have ceased to amaze me. A crime of this magnitude defies logic and should be punished beyond all limits. It seems like not so long ago that many put in an extraordinary amount of effort in trying to prevent black bear hunting in Maryland from ever becoming a reality. It was at that time that I personally faxed Gov. Robert Ehrlich several times.
NEWS
By Bill Anderson | August 21, 2005
For many years now, the state waterfowl seasons have been set based upon a framework that the state receives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The framework is new each season and is set up after a scientific survey of the major duck-breeding areas in the U.S. and Canada. Many factors affect the duck-breeding success each year, but none of them are more important than water. A wet year makes for a good nesting habitat, and a dry spring has the opposite effect. Several consecutive years of low rainfall make for a very bad situation.
NEWS
By BILL ANDERSON | August 14, 2005
Maryland waterfowl hunters can begin making plans, because the official dates are out for the early waterfowl seasons and the proposed dates are out for the later waterfowl seasons. The early waterfowl season - which in our area, is the Western Zone and is for resident Canada geese - is Sept. 1-24 with a bag limit of 8 birds per day. The season in the Eastern Zone is Sept. 1-15 with a bag limit of 8 birds per day. Yes, it is a big bag limit, but there are a lot of resident Canada geese.
NEWS
September 5, 2004
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the final 2004-05 late waterfowl hunting seasons for Maryland. This year's waterfowl hunting seasons include a 45-day hunting season for migratory AP (Atlantic Population) Canada geese. The AP goose season will be split into two parts, from Nov. 18-26 and from Dec. 18 to Jan. 29. The daily bag limit will be a goose per day for the first 25 days of the season, and two geese per day starting Jan. 7 for the last 20 days of the season.
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