Buck limit de­creased as archery sea­son gets un­der­way

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

Archery hunt­ing for white­tailed and sika deer opened statewide on Septem­ber 7 and con­tin­ues through Jan­uary 31.

For the 2018-19 sea­son, the statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks has been de­creased to two deer. Mary­land hunters in Re­gion B (cen­tral, south­ern, and east­ern Mary­land) have the op­tion to take one ad­di­tional bonus buck af­ter pur­chas­ing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp.

The antler­less deer bag lim­its dif­fer be­tween deer man­age­ment re­gions. In Re­gion B, the antler­less archery limit has been re­duced to 15.

An antler-point re­stric­tion re­mains in ef­fect. Deer hunters may now har­vest one antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does 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 and ap­pren­tice li­cense hold­ers, 16 years of age or younger, are ex­empt from this re­stric­tion.

The sika deer archery sea­son bag limit is three with no more than one be­ing antlered. An antlered sika is de­fined as a deer with at least one antler vis­i­ble above the hair­line. The sika deer archery sea­son is open in every county.

Mul­ti­ple Sun­days are open to archery hunt­ing in most coun­ties, in­clud­ing on some pub­lic lands.

When check­ing in deer, hunters should re­port deer taken with a long, com­pound, or re­curve bow as har­vested with a ver­ti­cal bow. Cross­bow hunters should reg­is­ter their deer as

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Kent Is­land’s Alex Weese drives to­ward the goal Mon­day against Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

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