BY HAYWARD L. PUTNAM, Aegis correspondent
2:34 PM EST, November 8, 2012
With the regular deer hunting season drawing near, every hunter is talking about or planning an expedition. One subject that was brought up recently was a light snow and how it helps hunters to see in the woods. Of course this is completely out of our control.
As the hunting days continue, you may see fewer deer each day. If the hunting pressure remains heavy, the deer will change their feeding habits. They may start feeding only at night. Bedding areas and feeding areas may be relocated to places where the animals feel safe.
Another problem with late season deer hunting is the deer will move to farms that are posted "no hunting." Here there will be no hunting pressure, so the game will feel secure.
So far when Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been questioned about the matter of an over abundance of deer moving to such havens, the limit on deer has been increased. This is not helping; what we need is a program to get more land open to hunting.
The idea of birth control shots is a bust. To even think of using it on wild animals is completely unrealistic. Unless the deer are penned, how do the shooters even know if they are hitting the same females more than one time?
On another subject, one thing you should do after every hunt is wipe down and put a light coat of oil on your gun. Even in dry weather, a gun goes from heated home to cold outside and back into the heat.
After the regular deer season, we still have a muzzleloader season. If you haven't tried it, you are missing some great hunting fun. You can do it the same way your grand pap did with a flintlock or cap lock, but most hunters have gone to the more modern inline weapons.
Hope you all voted, we had a lot at stake.