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Small Game Seasons Provide Hunting Opportunities
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Hunting seasons for upland game species, including cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail, are set to start on Saturday, November 3. Seasons for other small game species are already underway. Squirrel season opened September 1. Ruffed grouse season began October 6.
Rabbits are abundant wherever brushy, weedy vegetation grows and can be hunted with or without dogs. Squirrels are also common statewide, but will generally be found in forests with plenty of mast-bearing trees. Ruffed grouse only live in the western mountain counties of the state, but are highly prized by upland bird enthusiasts due to the challenging shots they present once found. A morning walking through fields and woodlots in search of small game provides an active, enjoyable experience for many hunters. It is also a particularly good opportunity to introduce junior hunters the outdoors.
Hunters should note that bobwhite quail hunting at Millington Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be prohibited in the 2007-2008 hunting season. DNR continues to explore a variety of research and management options, and has initiated a habitat restoration project at Millington WMA in Kent County. In order to assess the benefits of ongoing management strategies, it is necessary to prohibit quail hunting for the 2007-2008 season on this WMA. Hunting of other upland game will not be affected on Millington WMA.
Interested hunters should consult the 2007-2008 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland for more information. .
November 1, 2007
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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