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Michael A Sawyers - Outdoors

January 26, 2013

Big buck registry needed

You know how sex offenders have to register online so they can be kept track of by authorities and the general public? Then in Baltimore and Prince George’s County there are registries for people who use a firearm when committing a crime.

I think that hunters who kill big bucks, say more than 120 Boone and Crockett points in this part of the world, should be required to register online with their state’s natural resources police. Under oath, they would provide the date, time and location of the kill, all of which would be made public. Location, I believe should be in the form of GPS coordinates.

Horizontal, baby

I am no expert when it comes to hunting with a crossbow. However, after hunting deer with such a bow in 2010 and again in 2012 and taking two bucks and one doe, I can tell you this. Crossbows rock.

I probably went overboard. I bought two of them. One is the compound style and one is recurve style. Each one flips an arrow at more than 300 feet per second.

Each of the three deer has not made it out of sight before crashing. I know there are vertical bow shooters who can do that consistently, but I am not one of them, although on these three deer it would have been possible, considering that the farthest shot was 15 yards.

I got two of the deer while hunting from a treestand and one while seated in the PHT (Pappy’s Hunting Tent, so named by grandson Brady James Sawyers).

The recurve is too wide to comfortably use in the PHT.

I’m happy that Maryland offers us the crossbow opportunity. And so is my jerky dehydrator.

In the zone

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Maryland General Assembly.

A few hunting/fishing bills are being introduced in Annapolis. We’ll try to keep you informed either in this column or by way of our Bill Watch feature. If you have thoughts about legislation, let your state senator or delegate know.

The West Virginia legislative session will not begin until mid-February.

Still just one

The last time I checked with George Timko, a biologist with the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service, there were no additional deer discovered in Maryland that had contracted chronic wasting disease.

The total of deer testing positive for the fatal ailment remains one.

Early doe hunt

It will be sometime in March before we have a count of how many antlerless deer were killed during West Virginia’s special firearms hunt for baldies in late October.

Anecdotal evidence indicates that the hunt did not draw a lot of participation.

Contact Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers at


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