Deer archery season open

Archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer is open statewide through Jan. 31, 2020, says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks is two deer (no more than one per weapon season). Maryland hunters in Region B, the state’s central, southern and eastern regions, have the option to take one additional bonus buck after purchasing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp. The antlerless deer bag limits differ between deer management regions. In Region B, which includes Frederick County, the antlerless archery limit is 15. An antler-point restriction remains in effect. Deer hunters may harvest one antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does not meet the requirement of having at least three points on one antler. Any additional antlered deer taken within the established bag limit must meet the point restriction. Licensed junior hunters and apprentice license holders, 16 years of age or younger, are exempt from this restriction. Multiple Sundays are open to archery hunting in most counties, including some public lands. For the complete hunting regulations in Maryland and license information, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Black bear lottery permit recipients announced

The winners of a black bear hunting permit have been posted on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website (www.dnr.maryland.gov). If you applied, check the website where winners are listed by their DNRid number. According to Harry Spiker, game mammal section leader, Wildlife & Heritage Service, DNR, there were 5,204 applicants for the 800 permits awarded in 2019. Applications were from the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, and as far away as Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Rhode Island. The black bear hunt in Maryland will be open Oct. 21 to 25.

Md. Heights Trail temporarily closed

Starting Monday, the Maryland Heights Trail in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, will be closed on weekdays for the removal of diseased ash and oak trees. The tree work will continue until Oct. 11. The trail will be open on weekends, but the small parking area near the trailhead will be closed until the work is complete. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/hafe.

FHFH fundraising banquet in Hagerstown

The annual benefit banquet and auction for Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry will be held Oct. 4 at Tri-State Fellowship, 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be silent and live auctions featuring more than 100 items. The meal is provided by Outback Steakhouse. Tickets are $15 each, and reservations must be made by Sept. 27. For tickets or more information, call 301-739-3000, email staff@fhfh.org or visit www.marylandbanquet.fhfh.org. Maryland hunters are also encouraged to donate any extra deer they may harvest to FHFH. Last year, the program provided more than 650,000 venison meals to community food banks and other efforts.

New state park open in Western Maryland

Wolf Den Run State Park, in Kitzmiller, in Garrett County, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 28. It’s the first state park to offer off-highway (OHV) trails. The park also offers fishing, hiking, biking and hunting opportunities in the nearly 2,000-acre park. Future additions planned for the park include an additional 50 miles of OHV trails and a visitor check-in area. In addition, nearly 20 percent of the Huckleberry Rocks area was set aside for conservation of sensitive habitats. For more information on this and other Maryland state parks, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Free trees

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will give away potted native tree seedlings on Sept. 15 during the Corsica River Day celebration at Corsica River Yacht Club in Centreville. Species of tree seedlings will include eastern red cedar, sycamore, bald cypress and assorted oaks, including pin, swamp white and willow oak. Each one-gallon, potted native tree seedling is about 1 to 2 feet tall. The seedlings can be picked up at the Maryland Forest Service table, first come first served, between noon and 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

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