News from the DNR Office of Communications

Deer Hunters Conclude Challenging Firearm Season

Annapolis, Md. (December 16, 2010) — Maryland deer hunters endured less than favorable weather conditions for the two-week deer firearm season and harvested an estimated 40,694 deer — a 9 percent decrease from last year’s harvest for the same period. The total included 13,605 antlered deer and 27,089 antlerless deer. Included in the totals were 516 antlered and 565 antlerless sika deer.

“Cold temperatures, stiff winds and an abundant acorn crop that altered normal deer movements slowed the harvest across the State for the firearm season,” said Brian Eyler, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deer Project Leader. “We are pleased to see the Region B antlerless deer harvest remains strong as this is an important aspect of our deer management strategy.”

Region A deer hunters (Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties) reported 4,422 deer for the two-week season, a decline of 8 percent from last year’s harvest of 4,809 deer. The antlered harvest decreased an estimated 4 percent from 2,620 deer last year to 2,528 deer this year, while the antlerless harvest decreased 14 percent from 2,189 deer to 1,894 deer.

In Region B, harvest decreased 9 percent from 39,995 deer last year to 36,272 deer this year. The antlered harvest decreased 14 percent from 12,827 deer last year to 11,077 deer this year, while the antlerless tally decreased 7 percent from 27,168 to 25,195 deer this year.

Deer hunters harvested 3,852 deer (1,457 antlered, 2,395 antlerless) on the first Sunday of the two-week season in the 19 counties where Sunday hunting is permitted on private land only. In southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties), hunters took advantage of new legislation that permitted Sunday hunting on the second Sunday of the two-week season and harvested an additional 164 deer.

“Sunday hunting is especially important when unfavorable weather reduces the Saturday harvest, as was the case this year,” said Eyler. “Sundays give hunters another chance to get out and put venison in the freezer and contribute to managing Maryland’s deer population.”

Young hunters enjoyed good weather during the Junior Firearm Deer Hunt this year. The mentored junior deer hunters bagged 2,050 deer, a 5 percent increase over a harvest of 1,961 deer last year. Junior hunters are reminded they may obtain an official DNR Junior Hunter Certificate for deer they harvest this year. The certificates are available from participating retail agents. Junior hunters can also have their picture posted on the DNR website by visiting http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/Junior_Hunters/md_jr_hunter.asp.

Maryland’s two-week late muzzleloader season opens Saturday, December 18 and closes on January 1, 2011.

Complete bag limits, season dates, Deer Management Region boundaries and other deer hunting information can be found on the DNR Website at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide. The 2010-2011 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons and includes tips on treestand safety (see page 24).
 

Maryland Junior Hunt (11/13/10) And Two-Week Firearm (11/27 - 12/11/10)
Preliminary Deer Harvest Numbers

 

Junior Hunt

 

Two-Week Firearm

County

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

 

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

Allegany

69

46

115

 

857

640

1,497

Anne Arundel

12

12

24

 

253

651

904

Baltimore

35

31

66

 

557

1,302

1,859

Calvert

21

9

30

 

200

495

695

Caroline

31

25

56

 

389

967

1,356

Carroll

106

41

147

 

846

1,721

2,567

Cecil

42

32

74

 

481

956

1,437

Charles

46

28

74

 

614

1,256

1,870

Dorchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

48

40

88

 

464

1,157

1,621

sika

10

5

15

 

497

519

1,016

Frederick

119

59

178

 

1,213

2,361

3,574

Garrett

153

87

240

 

1,273

1,076

2,349

Harford

39

27

66

 

411

971

1,382

Howard

15

12

27

 

242

553

795

Kent

55

37

92

 

464

1,195

1,659

Montgomery

52

54

106

 

493

1,286

1,779

Prince George's

18

11

29

 

316

678

994

Queen Anne's

39

23

62

 

553

1,391

1,944

Somerset

46

30

76

 

358

1,108

1,466

St. Mary's

20

23

43

 

394

878

1,272

Talbot

15

26

41

 

358

1,135

1,493

Washington

117

53

170

 

1,234

1,606

2,840

Wicomico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

54

52

106

 

457

1,269

1,726

sika

 

 

 

 

12

16

28

Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

73

52

125

 

659

1,872

2,531

sika

 

 

 

 

10

30

40

Total

1,235

815

2,050

 

13,605

27,089

40,694

 

 


   December 16, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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