Floyd went easy on Maryland; Susquehanna State Park took the worst beating; Notebook


Most Maryland state parks and forests came through Hurricane Floyd without significant damage, although downed trees and power outages inconvenienced some campers, hunters and hikers late last week.

"Problems were encountered and managed on an individual basis," Susan O'Brien of the Department of Natural Resources' information office said Friday.

O'Brien said Susquehanna State Park was hit hard, with extensive flooding, downed trees and power outages. On Friday morning, she said, "People can't even get into the park; there are too many trees down blocking the entrance."

But Pataspco Valley State Park was open for business Friday, hours after Floyd's passage, as were most facilities in the state.

Smithsonian hunt

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center near Edgewater in Anne Arundel County again will hold a managed deer hunt this season in partnership with DNR.

Available dates will be Nov. 27 and 29 and Dec. 3, 4, 6, 10 and 11.

The hunt will be limited to shotguns with rifled slugs, and hunters must use treestands at least 10 feet above ground. A special zone has been set up for mobility impaired hunters who have permits to hunt from their vehicle.

The bag limit is two deer, and the first must be antlered.

Hunters will be selected by lottery. Prospective hunters must submit a 3-by-5 index card to DNR's Wildlife Division Office, Smithsonian Hunt, 5625 Myrtle Grove Road, LaPlata, Md., 20646.

Cards must include full name and address, day and evening phone numbers, current hunting license number and hunter safety certificate number and dates requested.

Each card must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope because hunters who are selected will be notified by mail. The drawing will be held Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Myrtle Grove offices.

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