By MARK KELLER
3:21 PM EDT, July 19, 2011
When many people hear the phrase “hunting season,” the first animal they think of is deer.
Deer hunting is the most popular form of hunting in this area, and Washington County is a hot spot for it.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 8,587 deer were harvested in the county in 2009, the most of any county in the state.
But there are plenty of other hunting opportunities that residents can take advantage of in the area, from game birds to small mammals to larger mammals.
Here is a list of some of the hunting seasons and bag limits for 2011-12, according to the Maryland DNR:
Whitetailed Deer, bow season
Region A (roughly west of St. Paul’s Church near Clear Spring)
Region B (roughly east of St. Paul’s Church near Clear Spring)
Whitetailed deer, firearm season
Whitetailed deer, muzzleloader season
Early Resident Canada Goose
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
(Allegany and Garrett counties only; special permit required)
Squirrel, gray or eastern fox
Squirrel, red or piney
Fox, red and gray
Coyote, nighttime hours
Coyotes may be hunted year round during daylight hours (30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset) with no bag limit.
• For a complete list of season dates and bag limits, visit the Maryland DNR website at www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide.
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