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Firearm Deer Season Reopens in Region B

Maryland’s firearm deer season reopens for white-tailed and sika deer on January 4 and 5, 2013 in Deer Management Region B only.  The firearm season is closed in Deer Management Region A (Allegany, Garrett, and western Washington counties).

The Region B deer firearm season bag limits, which include deer taken during the completed two-week season and the upcoming two-day January season, are:

  • One antlered white-tailed deer; and
  • Ten antlerless white-tailed deer.
  • One bonus antlered white-tailed deer may be taken per year in Region B during the weapon season of the hunter’s choice (archery, muzzleloader, or firearm). A hunter must first take two antlerless white-tailed deer during any season in Region B and purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp before taking a second antlered deer.
  • Two sika deer, no more than one antlered.

The 2012-2013 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping contains complete bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and hunting regulations ─ located online at

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges hunters to carefully inspect all treestands before using them. Hunters should use a full-body safety harness while climbing into or out of a treestand and while in the stand. DNR strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. Hunters are urged to take the tree stand safety test and view the tree stand tips and safety video on the DNR website.

Hunters with any questions may contact DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

  • John Redding

    Rumor has it, that based on the decline of the number ofdeer harvested during the firearms season, three more days of firearms hunting may be added at the end or towards the end of January, 2013. Is this true or is it yet undecided?
    Thank you for your time,
    John Redding

    • kking

      Hi John, Thanks for your question. DNR typically does not do emergency extensions of deer seasons in response to reduced harvests. Deer harvests are expected to fluctuate annually to some degree, and in some years like the present, may change 10% or more. The Department sets seasons and bag limits for two years at a time and does not routinely deviate from these schedules within a given year. The reduced harvest this year is a reflection of several factors, including abundant mast (acorns and other natural deer foods), poor weather on key days, reduced hunter effort, and a reduced deer herd in some areas.

      Brian Eyler
      Deer Project Leader
      Maryland Department of Natural Resources

      • John Redding

        Mr. Eyler,
        Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to respond to my question, and for the information.

        John Redding