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December 19, 2013

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Preliminary Deer Firearm Season Results Announced

by Martha

youth-huntingHunters reported taking 36,942 deer during the statewide, two-week firearm deer season, which ended on December 14.  This harvest represents a 2 percent increase compared to the 36,127 deer taken during the 2012 firearm season. Overall hunters reported seeing more deer than last year in many parts of the state, but challenging weather slowed the harvest slightly.

 The two-week firearm harvest was comprised of:

 • 12,254 antlered and 23,706 antlerless white-tailed deer;

 • 394 antlered and 588 antlerless sika deer;

 • 4,936 deer harvested on Sundays.

 

 Region A deer hunters (Garrett, Allegany, and western Washington counties) reported 4,179 deer harvested during the two-week season, up 5 percent from last year’s harvest of 3,994.  Region A harvest was comprised of 2,551 antlered deer and 1,628 antlerless deer.

 The Region B deer harvest increased 2 percent from last year’s reported harvest of 32,133 deer to 32,763 deer.  Region B harvest was comprised of 10,097 antlered deer and 22,666 antlerless deer.

 Junior hunters harvested 2,303 deer during the November Junior Deer Hunt weekend, a decline of 11 percent from last year’s 2,581 deer.  Junior hunters reported 1,425 antlered deer and 878 antlerless deer.

 County results are available in the table below.

 Complete bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and hunting regulations can be found on the DNR Website. The 2013-14 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping also contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.

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

Keep up to date with DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service on Facebook and Twitter @MDDNRWildlife.

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Preliminary Deer Harvest Totals for the Maryland Junior Deer Hunt Weekend (November 16-17, 2013) And Two-Week Firearm Season (November 30 – December 14, 2013)

 
 
 

 

Junior Hunt

 

Two-Week Firearm

 

County

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

 

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

 

Allegany

84

67

151

 

1,055

654

1,709

 

Anne Arundel

16

20

36

 

269

619

888

 

Baltimore

29

17

46

 

506

1,121

1,627

 

Calvert

28

20

48

 

236

557

793

 

Caroline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

43

21

64

 

273

765

1,038

 

sika

0

0

0

 

 

2

2

 

Carroll

99

49

148

 

861

1,728

2,589

 

Cecil

55

30

85

 

430

970

1,400

 

Charles

50

38

88

 

481

1,004

1,485

 

Dorchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

64

35

99

 

415

994

1,409

 

sika

25

20

45

 

376

546

922

 

Frederick

127

63

190

 

1,213

2,213

3,426

 

Garrett

159

76

235

 

989

745

1,734

 

Harford

29

22

51

 

372

918

1,290

 

Howard

20

4

24

 

238

501

739

 

Kent

54

26

80

 

427

1,033

1,460

 

Montgomery

60

27

87

 

531

1,181

1,712

 

Prince George’s

19

19

38

 

316

656

972

 

Queen Anne’s

38

36

74

 

486

1,136

1,622

 

Somerset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

43

32

75

 

336

991

1,327

 

sika

0

0

0

 

2

2

4

 

St. Mary’s

35

15

50

 

339

744

1,083

 

Talbot

44

28

72

 

345

1,000

1,345

 

Washington

180

90

270

 

1,251

1,529

2,780

 

Wicomico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

57

63

120

 

398

1,097

1,495

 

sika

1

3

4

 

13

20

33

 

Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

66

57

123

 

487

1,550

2,037

 

sika

0

0

0

 

3

18

21

 

Total

1,425

878

2,303

 

12,648

24,294

36,942

 

 

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    1. David West
      Jan 5 2014

      I firmly believe that changes need to be made in the lengths and dates of deer seasons in my area of Maryland.I am a avid hunter,farmer in Wicomico county and this years deer harvest in my area has totally sucked.I am not a horn hunter and do it to fill my freezer and control crop damage to my farm,I myself killed 0 deer this year and my fellow hunters in my area have done the same.2012 alone 15 deer were harvested of my property,all does,as of 1/5/2013 1 doe,that’s it 1,it was not due to lack of stand time by me or the 4 others on my land,Weather was a big factor,another was the fact deer went almost fully nocturnal at the beginning in the end of Oct,the last factor is that the that stupid,mediocre, blackpowder season in Oct the deer we saw in the main part of the season were bucks, and small yearlings,the bucks are a no go,and with the butcher expense nobody wants to shoot yearlings,enough ranting,plus early archery and crop damage is hardly feasible to the lack of processors,and price of said processors in the area for summer early fall harvests.to make a long story short,GIVE US MORE TIME!!!!!

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    2. Keith McGuire
      Jan 8 2014

      I don’t know if the harvest in St. Mary’s County for 2013 is above or below 2012. It would surprise me if it was higher because there were absolutely NO acorns in my area of the county. I’ve heard of no areas in St. Mary’s County where the acorns were abundant. We bait 4 different areas of the private property where I hunt. The rule of thumb is, “no corn, no deer!” When we put corn out at each site for the deer, we are inundated with squirrels (as many as 20 at a time) and turkeys (as many as 50 at a time)! Our trail cameras reveal: Daylight: squirrels and turkeys, Dark: deer and deer. I believe this is because there were no acorns this year.

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    3. Patrick Murphy
      Jan 8 2014

      I recommend that the deer harvest be increased in St Mary’s County. Perhaps a longer hunting season is required. The number of deer grazing in my yard and neighborhood is unnatural and unacceptable. It is not unusual to have 12 deer in my yard at night. Deer droppings are now so prevalent on my 3 acre property, that my family no longer wants to play touch football on a feces invested field. Tics are a huge problem, and plant damage is rampant. Does normally have twin fawns here in Drayden, and driving is hazardous in our area–even in daylight. I encourage DNR to take appropriate steps to better manage our deer herd. If localized regulations are needed, then I support them.

      Thank you.

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    4. Jan 9 2014

      David, I know what you mean, but I think Sunday hunting would work best for me. There is no biological reason to not allow it, and its usually the only day of the week when I could slip out for a few hours. The states crazy hit and miss schedule for it is a fail, I just act as if there isn’t any. Have it or don’t have it, all lands or none at all. okay, enough of my preaching. Keith, you’re correct too. In places I usually couldn’t walk because of the acorns, none could be found this year, from Annapolis to Deep Creek. I hope the rest of the winter turns mind and the critters find enough food to make it through. Good luck on what’s left of the season.

      Reply
    5. jeffrey hale
      Jan 14 2014

      to david west be a real hunter butcher what you kill.you city hunters want to shoot deer then have some one else do your dirty work. you will never get quality meat from a butcher shop

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    6. Peter Smith
      Jan 14 2014

      Good to see that the numbers are up compared to last year. I saw and harvested more deer this year than last even though I hunted less due to work. All on public land.

      Reply

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