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Maryland’s Two-Week Firearm Deer Season Sets New Record
Three percent jump sets new mark for preliminary deer harvest
ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland firearm deer hunters registered 43,455 deer during the two-week firearm season, a record preliminary harvest for the firearm season. Liberalized bag limits and overall favorable weather conditions in much of Maryland were likely factors that lead to an increase in deer taken in many areas of the new Deer Management Region B.
Reduced antlered deer bag limits combined with poor weather during the 2-day either sex deer season in Maryland’s far western Garrett and Allegany counties contributed to a drop in the deer kill in the new Region A. The attached table lists the preliminary numbers for each county.
As hunters may legally check deer taken in one county at a check station in an adjacent county, the preliminary harvest totals for each county are subject to change. The official harvest analysis will be conducted at the completion of all deer hunting seasons, using the final harvest figures. A break down of the separate antlered and antlerless harvest figures per county will also be available at that time.
Maryland firearm season is the most popular deer-hunting season. Firearm deer hunters typically take about 55 – 57 percent of the total deer harvest. Eight out of ten deer taken during this two-week period are killed on private lands. In addition, no firearms-related hunting accidents were reported during the two-week season.
“Hunters should be proud of continuing the successful record of safe, effective and efficient management of our deer herd while enjoying an opportunity for outdoor recreation in the forests and fields of Maryland,” said Paul A. Peditto, Director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service.
During this two-week season, Maryland wildlife biologists collect information that is essential for scientific deer management. Age structure, sex structure, antler dimensions and body weights are collected at locations across the State during the firearm deer season. This information, in conjunction with final harvest data, is used to monitor the deer population response to deer hunting seasons and bag limits.
Deer hunters are reminded that Maryland’s two-week late muzzleloader season opens this Saturday, Dec. 18 and closes on Jan. 1.
2004 Maryland Unofficial 2-Week Firearm Deer Harvest
Results As Compared to 2003 Unofficial 2-Week Firearm Deer Harvest
2004-2005 Unofficial Harvest
2003-2004 Unofficial Harvest
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