On Tuesday, Maryland will open its first hunting season on resident Canada geese in the counties west of the Chesapeake Bay.
The timing of the season, Sept. 7-15, and the location of hunting areas have been set to avoid possible conflict with migratory geese that nest largely on the Eastern Shore.
In order to participate in the season, hunters must acquire a hunting license, state and federal stamps and a free September Canada goose season permit from the Department of Natural Resources.
"Hunting resident Canada geese in early September requires a change in tactics from typical fall hunting," said Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division director Joshua Sandt. Most
important is determining where and when they will fly and where they will feed.
During this season, which is being tried on an experimental basis, hunters will be required to keep a daily record of their activities and kills.
The daily bag limit is three birds and the possession limit is six.
The counties open to hunting are: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's and Washington.
Maryland's turkey program is progressing exceptionally well, Sandt said recently, with birds transplanted to Southern Maryland flourishing.
"I have gotten some very good brood reports this year -- broods of 12 to 14," Sandt said. "All the transplants we have done in the past four or five years are doing well. [In many cases] we are getting reproduction the first year, which is excellent."
Maryland's fall turkey season runs Nov. 5-10 in Washington County west of Interstate 81, and Allegany and Garrett counties. The spring season will run from April 18 to May 16 in all or part of 14 counties.
With hunting seasons closing in, now is a good time to sight-in rifles, shotguns and bows. The DNR has put together a directory of public and private shooting ranges in the state to help hunters find practice sites.
The booklet, "Shooting Ranges in Maryland 1993," may be obtained by calling (410) 974-3195.