Lot­tery open for North Point State Park deer hunt

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

Ev­ery li­censed Mary­land res­i­dent will have a chance to hunt deer at North Point State Park for the first time next year.

Man­aged hunts are

sched­uled for Jan­uary 24 and 25 for a to­tal of 60 hunters that will be cho­sen by lot­tery on Novem­ber 5 at 12:30 p.m.

North Point State Park is sta­te­owned land, so the lot­tery is open to all el­i­gi­ble Mary­land res­i­dents.

How­ever, at an in­for­ma­tional meet­ing held on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19 at the Vic­tory Villa Recre­ation Cen­ter, Del. Bob Long (R-6) said he wanted as many lo­cal hunters as pos­si­ble to be a part of the draw­ing.

Long said he be­gan look­ing into the prob­lem last year af­ter hear­ing con­cerns about the de­struc­tion the deer were caus­ing in neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“I’ve got com­plaints about deer tear­ing up peo­ples’ prop­erty, their vegetable gar­den, their fences.”

He reached out to the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources last year and they did a pop­u­la­tion survey to ex­am­ine the best course of ac­tion. Dur­ing this process, a wo­man was in­jured af­ter a deer struck her car while cross­ing North Point Rd. in the spring. The deer crashed through the wind­shield and, still alive, kicked the driver, caus­ing sev­eral se­ri­ous in­juries. This event, said Long, mo­ti­vated him to con­tinue pur­su­ing the is­sue.

“There’s too many deer. There are no nat­u­ral preda­tors down there be­sides, well, hu­mans,” said Long. “This is a new thing for North Point State Park”

He added that an­other survey will be taken fol­low­ing the hunt to

de­ter­mine if more ac­tion is needed.

Long added that last year the del­e­ga­tion passed a bill that al­lowed hunters to get a tax de­duc­tion if do­nate they do­nate their deer meat to the Mary­land Food Back af­ter it had been pro­cessed by a butcher.

If your name is drawn, there are sev­eral things you need to know be­fore the hunt, ex­plained Brian Noon, a com­man­der at the DNR.

First, only shot­guns with slugs are the only firearms al­lowed.

“The use of scopes is en­cour­aged be­cause they want one-shot, onekill for safety rea­sons,” he added.

Each hunter will be al­lowed four an­ther­less deer which will not count to­wards their yearly har­vest record. One out of ev­ery 10 hunters will be cho­sen by draw­ing on the morn­ing of the hunt to har­vest one antlered deer.

Long said that the hunt­ing will

mostly take place along the south side of the park and in some of the area around Millers Is­land Rd.

While the park will be closed to the pub­lic dur­ing those two days, ob­ser vers will be on-site to take the deer once it is downed. The deer will be gut­ted and hanged for when the hunters are fin­ished.

The sites will be marked with yel­low rib­bon and the shoot­ing zone will be iden­ti­fied with red rib­bon. Hunt­ing time is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those drawn will be mailed all the rules prior to the event and a safety meet­ing will be held on the morn­ing of the hunt.

“There are three things you need, hunt­ing li­cense, man­aged hunt per­mit, and a shooter qual­i­fi­ca­tion card,” said Noon.

A qual­i­fi­ca­tion event for the lat­ter will be held at the Notch­cliff Army Guard Na­tional Guard Range for

the hunt­ing pro­grams on De­cem­ber 9.

A man­aged hunt per­mit is not re­quired to take part in the lot­tery but it is needed to par­tic­i­pate in the hunt.

Forms to en­ter the draw­ing can be found in the 2018-2019 Mary­land Guide to Hunt­ing and mailed to the Gwynnbrook WMA at 3740 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills, MD. The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is Novem­ber 2. A DNR-sanc­tioned meet­ing fea­tur­ing the North Point Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil will be held on Oc­to­ber 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edge­mere-North Point Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

For any other ques­tions and/or con­cerns about the up­com­ing lot­tery, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to con­tact Del. Bob Long at 410-8413458 (An­napo­lis of­fice) or 410-3881610 (Dis­trict of­fice).

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