Cumberland Times-News

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November 16, 2013

Early deer kill up in Allegany; fall turkey harvest jumps big

CLEAR SPRING — Deer tallies from the early portion of the bow season and the October muzzleloader season show a mostly increased harvest in Allegany County and a drop in the Garrett County kill.

Allegany County bowhunters took 248 bucks (up 31 percent from a year ago) and 247 antlerless deer (up 41 percent). Users of vertical bows killed 271 deer. Crossbow hunters bagged 224.

During the three-day black powder season, 286 bucks (down 15 percent) and 232 antlerless deer (up 35 percent) were tagged in Allegany

In Garrett County, archers checked in 275 bucks (down 13 percent) and 248 antlerless deer (down 17 percent). Vertical bow users bagged 294 and 229 fell to the crossbow.

Garrett’s muzzleloader hunters got 317 bucks (down 2 percent) and 210 antlerless deer (down 9 percent).

Statewide, 28,023 deer were taken during September and October with bow or muzzleloader, a boost of 26 percent. The buck total was 8,588. There were 19,435 antlerless deer taken.

Included in the totals were 453 antlered and 477 antlerless sika deer.

The two-month harvest includes 15,436 deer taken during the archery season (9,780 with vertical bows and 5,656 taken with crossbows), and 12,375 deer harvested during the October muzzleloader season. An additional 212 deer were reported during managed deer hunts.

TURKEYS

Hunters reported harvesting 157 wild turkeys during the one-week fall season that ended Nov. 2. The harvest was slightly below the 10-year average but was 41 percent higher than that of 2012, when Superstorm Sandy greatly curtailed hunting opportunities. Fall turkey hunting — permitted only in the three westernmost counties — showed Garrett with 59 turkeys, Allegany with 56 and Washington with 42.

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