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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is flying high after regaining use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance.
    
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it's using the chopper this fall to help enforce deer hunting and oyster-harvesting regulations.
    
The aviation unit was eliminated in 2009 in a cost-cutting move by the administration of former governor Martin O'Malley. The agency says the helicopter was transferred to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
    

Crosman company

WYE MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is rushing to regulate a new kind of hunting weapon that's a cross between a high-powered air rifle and a crossbow.

The device is marketed by the Crosman Corp. as an "Airbow." The company's website says it uses compressed air to fire full-sized arrows with more speed and accuracy than a crossbow.

The Maryland agency said in a statement Monday it's proposing to regulate the devices as air guns, which are currently allowed for hunting certain bird species.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Deer hunters in most of Maryland are getting a couple more days to hunt with modern firearms.

The winter portion of the firearm deer season opens Friday and continues through Saturday everywhere except Garrett and Allegany counties, and Washington County west of Clear Spring.

On Sunday, hunters can shoot deer with modern firearms on private lands only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's and Worcester counties, and Washington County east of Clear Spring.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Hunting enthusiasts are rallying in Annapolis in favor of more Sunday hunting.

The Maryland Hunting Coalition is sponsoring Thursday's event. The group supports a bill in the General Assembly to allow Sunday deer hunting in Baltimore County, one of three that prohibit the practice. The others are Howard and Prince George's counties.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is giving his blessing to more Sunday hunting in western Maryland despite opposition from birdwatchers and horseback riders.

The Democratic governor signed two bills Thursday enabling state game managers to allow Sunday deer hunting for the first time on designated public land in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

Sunday deer hunting on private land was already allowed in those counties but Sunday deer hunting on public land was prohibited statewide.