Deer hunt ap­pli­ca­tions now avail­able for Black­wa­ter NWR

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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.

PHOTO BY DAVID INS­LEY

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.

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