8-Year-Old Hunter Bags Bear in Md.
OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – An 8-year-old girl killed the first black bear of Maryland’s 2005 hunting season, downing the 211-pound adult male with two shots from a .243-caliber rifle about an hour after dawn Monday, the Department of Natural Resources said.
Sierra Stiles was hunting on her family’s farm in southern Garrett County, said Paul Peditto, director of the agency’s Wildlife and Heritage Division.
Maryland law sets no minimum age limit for hunters, but first-timers must pass a course and show that they can safely handle and shoot a firearm. Sierra scored 98 percent on her safety test, Peditto said.
Six bears were registered by 5 p.m. Monday. State wildlife managers set a quota of 40 to 55 bears for the hunt, which runs through Saturday.