If it wasn't snow, it was wind or fog that kept hunters out of their tree stands. On the first day, winds contributed to an 18 percent drop from a year ago, to 12,634 deer.
Opening day was followed by the first day of Sunday hunting since Colonial times. Sabbath shooters killed 2,899 deer in 12 counties to bring the total to 15,533.
But the winds and precipitation returned to chase hunters inside. The people who operate check stations said they couldn't remember a year when they had so many idle periods.
Despite the poor conditions, hunters took an estimated 42,166 deer compared to 41,469 during the firearms period last year, a 1.7 percent increase, the Department of Natural Resources said Friday. http://www.sunspot.net/sports/outdoors/bal-sp.thomson21dec21,1,6118162.story
The Maryland legislature has passed a bill to permit limited Sunday hunting.
House Bill 679, sponsored by Rep. Boutin (R-Harford) will permit Sunday deer hunting on private property with written permission from the landowner. The bill also increases penalties for trespassing. House Bill 679 passed the House by a vote of 87 to 41 and in the Senate by a vote of 33 to 11.
It does not allow Sunday hunting on public land.
The bill now awaits Governor Ehrlichís signature.
House Bill 679 will provide an additional day in the field for Maryland sportsmen, many of whom work during the week and on Saturdays. Currently, 35 states permit Sunday hunting without restrictions and eight states allow it under special restrictions.