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December 13, 2012

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Preliminary Deer Firearm Season Results Announced

by kpeterson

Deer running through the woodsHunters reported taking 36,088 deer during the statewide, two-week firearm deer season, which ended on December 8.  This harvest represents a 13 percent decline compared to the 41,421 deer taken during the 2011 firearm season.  DNR biologists believe the decline this year is primarily because of bad weather on key hunting days and an abundance of acorns that resulted in deer moving less.

The two-week firearm harvest was comprised of:

  • 12,329 antlered and 22,721 antlerless white-tailed deer;
  • 451 antlered and 587 antlerless sika deer;
  • 4,169 deer harvested on Sundays.

Region A deer hunters (Garrett, Allegany, and western Washington counties) reported 4,018 deer harvested during the two-week season, down 19 percent from last year’s harvest of 4,962.  Region A harvest was comprised of 2,533 antlered deer and 1,485 antlerless deer.

The Region B deer harvest declined 12 percent from last year’s reported harvest of 36,397 deer to 32,070 deer.  Region B harvest was comprised of 10,247 antlered deer and 21,823 antlerless deer.

Junior hunters harvested 2,636 deer during the November Junior Deer Hunt weekend, a decline of 13 percent from last year’s 3,035 deer.  Junior hunters reported 1,451 antlered deer and 1,185 antlerless deer.

County results are available in the table below.

Hunters can find complete bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and hunting regulations at, dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide. The 2012-2013 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping also contains detailed information on all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.

Hunters with any questions may contact the Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

 

Preliminary Deer Harvest Totals for the Maryland Junior Deer Hunt Weekend (November 10-11, 2012) And Two-Week Firearm Season (November 24 – December 8, 2012)

Junior Hunt

Two-Week Firearm

County

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

Allegany

90

76

166

910

536

1,446

Anne Arundel

16

8

24

278

551

829

Baltimore

30

18

48

500

977

1,477

Calvert

21

17

38

179

425

604

Caroline

whitetail

21

27

48

304

826

1,130

sika

0

0

0

1

3

4

Carroll

128

55

183

841

1,530

2,371

Cecil

65

29

94

445

904

1,349

Charles

42

40

82

417

918

1,335

Dorchester

whitetail

58

78

136

423

1,015

1,438

sika

19

19

38

430

557

987

Frederick

142

71

213

1,205

2,278

3,483

Garrett

157

150

307

1,172

711

1,883

Harford

53

39

92

409

921

1,330

Howard

21

35

56

206

452

658

Kent

51

31

82

469

1,113

1,582

Montgomery

56

43

99

525

1,098

1,623

Prince George’s

16

14

30

276

588

864

Queen Anne’s

37

42

79

492

1,252

1,744

Somerset

whitetail

52

55

107

355

882

1,237

sika

0

0

0

1

1

2

St. Mary’s

23

33

56

353

642

995

Talbot

33

35

68

365

957

1,322

Washington

197

109

306

1,185

1,458

2,643

Wicomico

whitetail

58

75

133

454

1,180

1,634

sika

2

2

4

16

13

29

Worcester

whitetail

63

84

147

566

1,507

2,073

sika

0

0

0

3

13

16

Total

1,451

1,185

2,636

 

12,780

23,308

36,088

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    1. kirk stevens
      Jan 10 2013

      I own about 300 acres in Allegany county on which we selectively harvest deer. This year we killed one mature buck. The acorn crop was abundant early but the bears managed to consume most of the crop by late October. Deer sightings were down despite the fact I and my neighbors have killed very few does in past hunting seasons. I would like to think the mast crop is the reason for the harvest decline but I have serious reservations. In my area the bear and coyote populations are thriving and I think they are having a serious impact on regeneration. Based on the pictures I have and actual in the field sightings I estimate it takes three adult does to produce one fawn that will survive until hunting seaon. The mast crop could be a contributing factor to the success rate but hopefully you will continue to investigate this issue for other causes. The old population regeneration models may need to be updated and deer bag limits curtailed to match todays conditions. Deer are a tremendous resource that enhance landowner value and generate great income to local merchants and the state. Hopefully proactive guidelines can be established to protect this valuable resource in Western Maryland.

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