Hunters reported taking 34,053 deer during the popular two-week firearm deer season. Despite challenging weather conditions, including significant rain and wind on key hunting days, the total harvest was down less than seven percent compared to last season’s two-week total of 36,572 deer. More than 4,000 deer were taken on the few Sundays open during the two-week season, adding support to the ongoing value of Sunday hunting. Read more
Project SNOWStorm will track owl’s future voyage
Wildlife experts from DNR, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research released a rehabilitated female snowy owl on the beaches of Assateague State Park on December 11. The team has been caring for and working with the bird since she was found with a wing injury last March in Baltimore. Before her send-off, the owl was outfitted with a small tracking device so her travels could be chronicled through Project SNOWstorm. Read more
The second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season begins on Saturday, December 20 and runs through January 3, 2015. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license and a Muzzleloader Stamp, or are exempt from the hunting license requirements, may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season.
Matthew Thomas Waddell, 19, of Church Hill, was charged with 12 counts in connection with the theft of deer stands and Canada goose decoys, conspiracy, a break-in and burglary at a Church Hill farm, trespassing, and failing to record a deer kill on his hunting license. He was ordered held on a $20,000 bond. His preliminary hearing in Queen Anne’s District Court is set for Dec. 29. Read more
Newtowne Neck State Park will reopen to public hunting December 15 through February 4, 2015 as part of an interim program for the 2014-2015 season. The site will allow for hunting of small/upland game, deer, turkeys, geese and riparian waterfowl. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Advisory Commission named Jerry Harris of Dorchester County the 2013 Conservationist of the Year. Harris is a long-time member and volunteer for Ducks Unlimited, including serving on the group’s President’s Council-Development and Conservation Program Committee. Harris was recognized for his significant contributions to waterfowl conservation and initiating a series of on-site best management practice workshops for local landowners, state and private waterfowl managers. Read more
Wildlife and waterfowl artists are invited to submit their original artwork for the 19th annual Black Bear Conservation and 41st annual Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests now through April 17. The Department of Natural Resources will judge the entries on April 26, 2015 in conjunction with the annual Ward Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. Read more