Ce­cil hunters re­port in­crease in deer har­vest dur­ing first week­end

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Deer hunters in Ce­cil County were on tar­get last week­end as this year’s firearms deer sea­son got un­der way, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

On Satur­day and Sun­day, 482 white­tailed deer were bagged in Ce­cil County while across the state, 13,032 deer were bagged. County hunters found more suc­cess Satur­day, with 336 deer har­vested. On both days, the antler­less count was higher, with 197 taken on Satur­day and 95 taken on Sun­day.

Statewide, the numbers in­di­cate a 24 per­cent in­crease over last year’s first week­end to­tals when 10,403 white tails were bagged.

“Windy con­di­tions Satur­day may have slowed the har­vest slightly, but hunters took ad­van­tage of bet­ter weather con­di­tions Sun­day to post a strong over­all har­vest for the open­ing week­end,” said Paul Peditto, wildlife

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and her­itage ser­vice direc­tor.

Ce­cil County is part of Re­gion B, where the numbers in­creased from 3,878 last year to 5,049 for antlered deer. The antler­less deer count rose from 5,834 to 7,329. For Ce­cil County’s tally in 2015, there were 434 deer bagged of which 163 were antlered and 311 were antler­less.

There were only two hunt­ing ac­ci­dents dur­ing the week­end. In War­wick, a Delaware man was in­jured on Satur­day when his gun dis­charged ac­ci­den­tally.

Scott Car­roll, 44, of Glas­gow, Del., was hunt­ing with his brother on pri­vate prop­erty off Wards Hill Road when his ri­fle fired a round (car­tridge size .30-06) into the lower part of his right leg, ac­cord­ing to Candy Thom­son, spokesper­son for the Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice.

“He shot a deer and when he went to retrieve it — the land was swampy — he stum­bled and his gun dis­charged,” Thom­son said.

In Thur­mont, a Cal­i­for­nia man vis­it­ing fam­ily dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day died in­stantly when his gun dis­charged and the round struck him in the face. Thom­son said Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined Vin­cent Cavallo, 32, ei­ther slipped or dropped the gun, which caused it to fire.

Mary­land’s firearm deer sea­son will re­main open for two weeks un­til Dec. 10.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Ce­cil hunters bagged more than 480 deer dur­ing the first week­end of firearms deer sea­son this year.

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