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December 20, 2013

Firearm Deer Season to Reopen in Region B

by Martha
Photo of large buck in a field of tall grass

Photo from FWS.gov

Maryland’s firearm deer season reopens for white-tailed and sika deer on Friday, January 10 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 dates and bag limits, which include deer taken during the completed two-week season and the upcoming three-day January season are:

  • One antlered white-tailed deer statewide; 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.

New This Year: Deer firearm season is open on Sunday, January 12 on private lands only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Harford, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s and Worcester counties.

For complete bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and hunting regulations click here or refer to the 2013-14 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

Hunters should carefully inspect all treestands and always wear a full-body safety harness while climbing in or out 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 treestand safety test and view the treestand tips and safety video.

Deer hunters are encouraged to donate any extra deer they may harvest to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. The deer are processed at participating butchers free of charge and the venison is then given to local food banks.

Hunters with any questions may contact the DNR 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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