From staff reports
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has selected the hunting regulation proposals for the next two seasons with only a couple changes from those made available for public comment recently.
A January statewide turkey season, originally proposed for seven days, has been scaled back to three days.
The hunt would end on the fourth Saturday in January, making it a Thursday-Friday-Saturday hunt.
This new season would share the current fall bag limit with that hunt in Western Maryland of one turkey of either sex.
Rifles will not be legal to use in the January season.
Bear season will be a four-day hunt, taking place Oct. 20-23 this year and Oct. 26-29 in 2015.
The agency abandoned a proposal that would have allowed the use of rifles for deer hunting in the southern portion of Frederick County.
As originally proposed, there will be an antler point restriction of at least three points on one side of at least one deer taken by a hunter who kills three bucks.
In Region A, only two antlerless deer will be allowed per hunter.
To view the proposals, see www.dnr.state.md.us.
The proposals now move forward to the Maryland Register and yet another public comment period.
Pete Jayne of the Wildlife & Heritage Service said that during his career there has never been a change to proposed regulation during this final public comment period. “In fact, it would be rare to even get a comment,” he said.
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