Deer hunt applications now available for Blackwater NWR
Deer hunting applications are now available at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County. To manage the deer population, the refuge offers archery, quota and non-quota muzzleloader, and quota and non-quota shotgun hunts as well as special disabled and youth hunt opportunities for both white-tailed deer and sika deer.
Hunting at Blackwater is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. There is no standby.
Application packets for the 2017-18 deer season were mailed out on July 1 to everyone who participated in a refuge deer hunt within the past three years. Updated regulations are available on a Blackwater webpage. If you type “Hunt at Blackwater NWR” into a Google search, complete information is available.
Applications can be picked up at the information counter in the Blackwater Visitor Center or hunters can request an application through the mail by leaving a message for the hunt coordinator at 410-2218815 or by calling 410-228-2677. Changes this season include: • One firearm day has been added.
• There will be only one quota muzzleloader hunt day; however, the number of non-quota muzzleloader days will increase from four to seven.
• The number of quota shotgun days has dropped from two to one.
• Area B3 will be open to hunting on nine days: Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, Nov. 27, 30, and Dec. 1, 7, and 8.
• Hunters will be able to access parts of the refuge by boat. Boat access will only be allowed from three designated launch sites depicted on a map.
• You can enter the refuge at 4 a.m.
• Hunters that harvest a doe during either of the quota hunt days may apply early for next year’s hunt. However, to qualify the doe must be physically checked in during check station hours.
This year all applications must be postmarked by October 2.
If you only request an archery permit, it can be purchased at the visitor center beginning August 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the archery season.
* * * Purple Heart discount Any Maryland veteran who has received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained now qualifies for a 50-percent discount on Maryland hunting and fishing licenses. The new discounted rate went into effect July 1.
Purple Heart recipients will join disabled veterans and former prisoners of war along with current members of the U.S. military who can receive special pricing for Maryland licenses, permits and stamps.
Individuals interested in applying for the new discount program must apply directly to one of the DNR’s regional licensing and registration services centers. Active duty military personnel must provide official documentation on their Purple Heart award; veterans are asked to bring their official discharge papers (Form DD214).
* * * Fishing report Chummers continue to find striped bass at Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point, and Hackett’s Bar in the Chesapeake Bay. Locating suspended fish on a depth finder and anchoring to allow chum and baits to drift into the deeper edges of the channel will produce fish. A good tide is also essential. As usual, allowing baits to get to the bottom and in the back of the slick has been the best tactic to catch legal-size fish.
Talbot’s Haiden Rhodes tries to put the tag on a sliding Tyler Uhde, of Elkton, as he steals second during Sunday morning’s game in Maugansville.