Firearms sea­son for deer re­opens Jan. 4

Kent County News - - NEWS -

AN­NAPO­LIS — The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources an­nounced the win­ter por­tion of the firearm deer hunt­ing sea­son opens Jan. 4, in Deer Man­age­ment Re­gion B, which in­cludes all of the state ex­cept the west­ern­most coun­ties.

Hun­ters with a valid hunt­ing li­cense may use firearms to har­vest sika and white­tailed deer dur­ing this sea­son.

The sea­son is open Jan. 4 and 5, in all Re­gion B coun­ties and Jan. 6 — on pri­vate lands only — in Calvert, Caro­line, Car­roll, Charles, Fred­er­ick, Har­ford, Kent, Mont­gomery, Queen Anne’s, Som­er­set, St. Mary’s, Washington (Zone 1) and Worces­ter coun­ties.

Shoot­ing hours end at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 in Kent and Mont­gomery coun­ties.

“The late firearms sea­son is pop­u­lar with many hun­ters as it pro­vides an­other op­por­tu­nity to hunt af­ter the hol­i­days,” Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Paul Peditto said. “The re­sult­ing deer har­vest helps us meet our deer pop­u­la­tion ob­jec­tives in Re­gion B.”

Hun­ters are en­cour­aged to con­sult the “Mary­land Guide to Hunt­ing and Trap­ping” for re­cent changes to bag lim­its, reg­u­la­tions and reg­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dures.

Dur­ing firearms sea­son, Mary­land re­quires deer hun­ters and their com­pan­ions to wear day­light flu­o­res­cent or­ange or flu­o­res­cent pink in one of the fol­low­ing man­ners: a cap of solid flu­o­res­cent day­light or­ange or pink; a vest or jacket con­tain­ing back and front panels of at least 250 square inches of flu­o­res­cent day­light or­ange or pink; or an outer gar­ment of cam­ou­flage day­light flu­o­res­cent or­ange or pink worn above the waist and con­tain­ing at least 50 per­cent day­light flu­o­res­cent color.

Hun­ters should care­fully in­spect all tree-stands and al­ways wear a full-body safety har­ness while climb­ing in or out and while in the stand. The depart­ment strongly rec­om­mends us­ing a slid­ing knot, com­monly known as a prus­sic knot, at­tached to a line that is se­cured above the stand that al­lows the hunter to be safely teth­ered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground.

Mary­land hun­ters are en­cour­aged to do­nate any ex­tra deer they may har­vest to Farm­ers and Hun­ters Feed­ing the Hun­gry.

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