For the Cumberland Times-News
ANNAPOLIS — Governor Martin O’Malley recently signed bills that allow for increased Sunday hunting opportunities in Carroll, Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties.
“Hunting is a Maryland tradition, woven into the fabric of our history, passed down for generations,” said O’Malley.
One bill authorizes Sunday deer hunting on private property in Carroll County from the first Sunday in October through the second Sunday in January.
The other bill permits Sunday turkey hunting on select public lands in Dorchester County during the spring turkey hunting season.
“The additional days to hunt turkey will help Dorchester County’s local businesses and economy by bringing (hunters) to the area,” said Delegate Adelaide Eckardt.
“We are pleased that DNR will have the tools to better manage our deer overpopulation problem, and our hunters and citizens will have direct input into those decisions,” said Delegate Susan Krebs, chair of the Carroll County House Delegation.
Earlier, O’Malley signed a bill that expands deer hunting on private land in Queen Anne’s County to five Sundays during archery season and every Sunday during firearm season.