Sunday Hunting Expanded in Western Maryland

- FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Hunting is a popular activity for many people in Western Maryland and now hunters will be able to do more of it after the Maryland General Assembly passed two bills this session.

"Frederick County was allowed to increase the days of Sunday hunting for deer only. In Washington, Garrett, and Allegany Counties, they increased the days for Sunday hunting but for deer, plus other game species that are allowed to be hunted in those counties," said Billy Shreve, (R) - Frederick County commissioner.

"I think it's a great thing. It gives everybody who works during the week a great opportunity to two days, Saturday and Sunday," said Jeff Grove, a hunter.

The Garrett, Allegany, and Washington County laws allow hunting of all game species in season on public and private land. The Frederick County law allows only deer hunting on Sundays.

Shreve says there is 10 times as many deer than is considered normal in the southern part of the county.

"When I spoke with DNR, they said the number one thing you can do is add Sunday hunting days," Shreve said. "One day of Sunday hunting in Maryland produces more deer harvested than all crop damage permits combined in the entire state, so the most effective way to control the deer population is to allow Sunday hunting."

The Frederick County law goes into effect on June 1, while the Garrett, Allegany, and Washington County law goes into effect on July 1.

Another hunting bill the governor signed allows bow hunters in Garrett, Allegany, and parts of Washington County to carry a pistol for protection from bears.

To read the Frederick County law, click here. To read the Garrett, Allegany, and Washington County law, click here.

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