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Maryland Deer Archery Season Opens

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- Bowhunters can now search for deer in Maryland.

The archery hunting season for white-tailed and sika deer opened Friday.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks is two.

Hunters in Maryland's central, southern and eastern regions can take another buck if they buy a bonus stamp. An antler-point restriction is in effect for white-tailed deer.

Paul Peditto is the department's director of Wildlife and Heritage Service. He says archery hunting is important for deer management and "is particularly valuable in urban and suburban areas where hunting with firearms isn't feasible."

The sika deer archery season bag limit is three with no more than one being antlered. An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline. The sika deer archery season is open in every county.

Multiple Sundays are open to archery hunting in most counties, including on some public lands.

The bag limit for sika deer is three, with no more than one having at least an antler visible above the hairline.

Hunters are advised to carefully inspect all tree-stands and always wear a full-body safety harness while in the stand and while climbing in or out. The department strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground.

When checking in their deer, hunters should report deer taken with a long, compound, or recurve bow as harvested with a vertical bow. Crossbow hunters should register their deer as taken with a crossbow. This information helps biologists collect information on preferences and trends in how deer are harvested.

Maryland hunters are encouraged to donate any extra deer they may harvest to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Last year, the program provided more than 650,000 venison meals to community food banks and other efforts.

The season runs through Jan. 31.

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