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Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 18
ANNAPOLIS ó Marylandís estimated 60,000 muzzleloader deer hunters will return to Marylandís winter woods and fields on December 18. This two-week segment of the muzzleloader deer season runs through Jan. 1.
White-tailed deer muzzleloader seasons and bag limits vary by the portion of the state. Deer Management Region A consists of Allegany and Garrett counties. Region B is composed of the remaining counties. Each Region has independent bag limits. The bag limits are a continuation of the Total Muzzleloader Regional bag limits.
Region Aís total muzzleloader bag limit is 2 deer and no more than 1 of them can be antlered. On public lands, only antlered deer may be taken from Dec. 18-30 and either sex deer may be taken on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. On all other lands, only antlered deer may be taken from Dec. 18-24 and either sex deer may be taken from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.
Region Bís total muzzleloader bag limit is 2 antlered deer and 10 antlerless deer. Two antlerless deer must be taken before a second antlered deer is pursued. Either sex deer may be taken during the entire 2-week season (Dec. 18 Ė Jan. 1).
Sika deer season is from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1 in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The total muzzleloader sika deer bag limit is 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless.
Last season the top ten late muzzleloader deer harvest counties were Frederick (873), Washington (811), Garrett (668), Allegany (650), Baltimore (586), Montgomery (403), Carroll (361), Kent (309), Harford (292) and Charles (291).
Marylandís Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season is one component of DNRís deer management project. Muzzleloader deer hunting combined with archery and firearm deer hunting seasons provides outdoor recreation for over 80,000 Maryland citizens, manages white-tailed deer and sika deer numbers and contributes over $150 million to the stateís economy.
Complete bag limits, season dates and other deer hunting information can be found at the DNR website www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide. The Hunting & Trapping In Maryland 2004-2005 guide, issued with each hunting license, contains detailed information about all of Marylandís hunting seasons.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to Maryland citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 435,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, as well as Maryland's wildlife and fishery species for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, the department manages natural, historic and cultural resources that attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov