Muz­zleloader sea­son gets un­der­way on Thurs­day

Record Observer - - Sports -

The first seg­ment of Mary­land’s muz­zleloader deer sea­son opens statewide tomorrow. This is one of many deer hunt­ing and deer man­age­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered in the state and typ­i­cally co­in­cides with fine fall weather.

The early muz­zleloader sea­son runs from Oct. 19-21 in Deer Man­age­ment Re­gions A and B. Re­gion A con­sists of Gar­rett, Al­le­gany and west­ern Wash­ing­ton coun­ties and Re­gion B is the rest of us. Hunters in Re­gion B can also use muz­zleload­ers from Oct. 23-28 for antler­less deer only.

Be­ing afield with a muz­zleloader in hand is a great way to en­joy the out­doors ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or with oth­ers and pro­vides much needed deer man­age­ment since other nat­u­ral predators have been erad­i­cated from their habi­tat.

“Reg­u­lated deer hunt­ing re­mains our most ef­fec­tive tool for man­ag­ing deer in Mary­land,” said Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Paul Peditto. “Hunt­ing helps keep deer num­bers in check while af­ford­ing a great op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the out­doors with fam­ily and friends.”

The statewide bag limit for antlered white-tailed deer is one per weapon sea­son — archery, muz­zleloader, or firearm. Re­gion B hunters who pur­chase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp can take one ad­di­tional bonus buck af­ter tak­ing two antler­less deer. Bag lim­its for antler­less deer dif­fer be­tween the re­gions.

An antler-point re­stric­tion re­mains in ef­fect for the com­ing hunt­ing sea­son. Deer hunters may harvest up to two antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that do not meet the re­quire­ment of hav­ing at least three points on one antler. Any ad­di­tional antlered deer taken within the es­tab­lished bag limit must meet the min­i­mum-point re­stric­tion. Li­censed ju­nior hunters are ex­empt from this re­stric­tion.

The early muz­zleloader sea­son for sika deer of ei­ther sex is open statewide Oct. 19-21, and then for antler­less-only sika deer from Oct. 23-28. The sika deer muz­zleloader sea­son bag limit is three deer with no more than one be­ing antlered. An antlered sika is de­fined as a deer with at least one antler vis­i­ble above the hair­line.

New this year, the Ap­pren­tice Hunt­ing Li­cense Pro­gram al­lows first-time and novice hunters a lower-cost op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Has­san Big­gus and the Queen Anne’s County High foot­ball team face a tough road back to the Class 2A East Re­gion play­offs.

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