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Maryland DNR doesn't manage anything. They cave to the commercial and political pressure of this state. Ten years ago the rock fishing and the deer hunting were fantastic, a great state to be an outdoorsmen, not anymore. Deer hunting is in the same decline and will soon go the way of the rockfish. According to the DNR the doe harvest in region B is down 40% over the last 2 hunting seasons. The proposed allowable doe harvest for region B over the next 2 seasons is still 35 does a person, that sounds like fine management to me. When I inquired about it they said they're keeping an I on it. Sorry I have little faith that things will improve anytime soon.
 

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I don’t think the dnr caves to the commercial sector, I do think they cater them a bit buts that’s because they rely on them as it’s the only true documented statistics they have to go by in order to manage, they’re getting nothing but a guess from the recreational sector
 

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again, that’s the mindset that makes the resource so hard to manage. I’m allowed unlimited does in Baltimore county during deer season, but I know how many I really need. Then, I’ll go read over on the hunting forums how there’s no deer and it ain’t like it used to be.
I believe the state made a mistake splitting the state deer management zones from 5 to 2.
Here in southern MD, herd is in trouble.
Last year, kill was down 28% over previous year. Which was down 18% over the year before that. Which was down 19% over the previous year.

Decreases are not over a long term average, but over each preceding year. DNR USED to include last 5 years' data or so with each release.

More pressure, excessive damage permits, Amish etc.

I headed north to.hunt last few years. More deer, and trying to give these a rest.
But so have Amish. Van loads of them methodically driving public land. Started in St Marys and Charles, now seeing them up in PG.

I've been deer hunting for a long time, stated when annual kill was under 10,000. So, I'm.glad it ain't like it used to be, lol.

As far as the crabs go if a dozen feeds your family, are you a loner? Loner dwarf?

Expectations change.
Years ago, I'd get a bushel of NICE crabs in an hour or so, if things were right. Sometimes quicker. About 12-15 years ago, started getting harder.

BUT, look at the pressure these days.
Comms here running more and longer lines.
CPUE dropping.
Heck, every weekend, the Pennsylvania Navy moves down to crab. Then their Army shows up during deer season, especially for sika.

Same with fishing.
50 years ago, we'd be fishing near the Bay Bridge, singular, and MAYBE a dozen other boats out. On a weekend.
 

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Maryland DNR doesn't manage anything. They cave to the commercial and political pressure of this state. Ten years ago the rock fishing and the deer hunting were fantastic, a great state to be an outdoorsmen, not anymore. Deer hunting is in the same decline and will soon go the way of the rockfish. According to the DNR the doe harvest in region B is down 40% over the last 2 hunting seasons. The proposed allowable doe harvest for region B over the next 2 seasons is still 35 does a person, that sounds like fine management to me. When I inquired about it they said they're keeping an I on it. Sorry I have little faith that things will improve anytime soon.

Actually, our DNR is very good at keeping an eye on the decline of species in our state. They've become experts at watching species decline.:)
 

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lol, goose.

I could be wrong, I dont think the size of stripers that the Mac could dine on, probably wouldn’t be out in the bay where you find Mac, but I’m not sure. I am sure that if the opportunity presented itself. A Mac would gladly dine on a small striper
 

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I’ll be feeding friends, family and neighbors crabs I caught in about a month. Great days to come.
That’s the mindset that regulators and biologists have to content with. It’s a hard game to manage
Exactly what happened back in the 60's and 70's. Go out and catch trash can's full of "Pan Rock" and feed the neighborhood. But then blame the commercial harvesters. SMH
 

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Exactly what happened back in the 60's and 70's. Go out and catch trash can's full of "Pan Rock" and feed the neighborhood. But then blame the commercial harvesters. SMH
I‘be been crabbing the same areas for 20 years and catch the same amount today as back then. Not changing because someone on the internets doesn’t like it.
 

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I‘be been crabbing the same areas for 20 years and catch the same amount today as back then. Not changing because someone on the internets doesn’t like it.
I don't care what or how much you catch as long as it's being used and not wasted.
 

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lol, goose.

I could be wrong, I dont think the size of stripers that the Mac could dine on, probably wouldn’t be out in the bay where you find Mac, but I’m not sure. I am sure that if the opportunity presented itself. A Mac would gladly dine on a small striper

Gastric lavage says big stripers eat little stripers too.
 

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but recs want a bushel and complain about no crabs. It’s the rockfish thing.
I agree with you. How many of us filled coolers full of rock 10-15 years ago. How many of us gutted one on Breezy point's cleaning table in Springtime, only to see a bunch of eggs rush out onto the dock. And now we complain about no fish-like we are angels. It's tough to look in the mirror sometime. Crabs are next, if not already in a massive decline--but it's cool that we feed our neighbors; because, "Hey, I'm just following DNR's regs."
 
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