Public Deer Hunting Regulation Meetings Planned

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service will hold two public meetings to discuss proposed changes in deer-hunting regulations for Region A, which includes Garrett and Allegany Counties and western Washington County. Any changes would become effective in the 2004-2005 hunting seasons.

Currently, hunters in Region A may take two antlered deer in each season (that is, in the bow, firearms, and muzzleloader seasons). DNR is considering regulations that would lower the total harvest of antlered deer. DNR is also considering new opportunities for hunters to take antlerless deer. Deer project leader Doug Hotton said, "DNR's desired outcomes for Region A are a deer population in balance with the habitat and a measurable increase of antlered deer in the older age classes."

After a short presentation on deer management in Region A, DNR will welcome public comments on deer-management options and will record all suggestions. No decisions will be made at the meetings. DNR will present any changes to the public during the regulations review scheduled for the spring of 2004.

The first meeting will be held on Nov. 4 at Frostburg State University in Dunkle Hall, room 218. Dunkle Hall is off University Drive, next to the fine arts building. The second meeting will be held on Nov. 5 at Hancock Middle-Senior High School on Route 144 in Hancock. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude no later than 9 p.m.