New areas opened to give more space for hunting


Thanks to the efforts of the Carroll County Sportsman's Association and the Department of Natural Resources, the Morgan Run Natural Environment Area and the Carroll County portion of the Patapsco Valley State Park will be open to hunters beginning Nov. 1.

These long-awaited actions bring more than 1,000 acres of needed hunting space to deer hunters.

The Morgan Run Area targeted for bow and muzzleloader hunting involves approximately 400 acres.

Hunting will be limited to 10 randomly chosen permit holders per day and will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays. The area will be limited to bow hunting Nov. 1-26. From Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, hunting will be restricted to muzzleloader use.

A portion of Patapsco was open to managed bow hunting last year. This year three areas will be available -- the 350-acre Raincliffe tract, the approximately 350-acre Fenwick/Cauthorn tract and the 120-acre Henryton tract.

Unlike Morgan Run, the park will be limited to bow hunting. Fourteen hunters daily will be allowed.

For complete details on being eligible for permits at either the Morgan Run or Patapsco sites, call the Patapsco Valley State Park Headquarters at (410) 461-5005.

Bow season got under way last week and will continue through Nov. 6, when it breaks for the two-week firearms hunt.

Archers can go back into their tree stands Dec. 13-17, then from Jan. 3-31.

Last year 721 whitetails were bagged by Carroll County archers, while the statewide total was a record-smashing 11,240 deer.

According to figures furnished by the DNR, 91 percent of last year's successful bow hunters bagged a single deer, while the remaining percentage took advantage of the second deer stamp and claimed a double.

Bow hunters bagged 6,901 antlered deer and 4,318 antlerless while rifle and shotgun hunters participating in last year's two-week hunt split fairly evenly between bucks and does harvested -- 17,760 antlered and 17,373 antlerless.

The most popular method of bow hunting is from a tree stand. Nearly half of the 30 hunting accidents reported in Maryland from July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1993 involved tree stands, and one proved to be fatal.

Nancy Howard of the DNR said, "In many of these tree stand-related accidents, the hunters were not wearing safety belts. The tree stand should be attached securely and no higher than 10 or 12 feet."

Howard also advises hunters to use a "safety belt because manufactured harnesses are proven safer than a rope. Also, always use an equipment line to get unloaded guns or archery equipment into or out of the stand."

;/ Hunters always should inspect their stands.

Antlerless permits set

A total of 4,390 antlerless deer permits will be allocated in the western counties this fall.

Garrett, Allegany and portions of Washington and Frederick counties require hunters to possess such a free permit before legally taking an antlerless deer.

The allocation is 550 for Garrett County's Zone 1 and 840 for Zone 2. Allegany's Zone 1 gets 630, while Zone 2 is targeted for 770. Washington County Zone 2 is allotted 600 and Frederick County Zone 1 will have 1,000 permits available.

Overall, this is a 1,590-permit reduction from last year, based on the stabilization of the deer herd size and hunter concerns voiced at various public hearings.

Information and forms for applying for the permits are in the "1993-94 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland." Applications must be received by Oct. 15.

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