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DNR Releases 2014-15 Deer Season Results

photo of a deer in the woodsMaryland hunters harvested 86,883 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 5, 2014 through January 31, 2015). The harvest shows a 9 percent decrease from last year’s total of 95,863. Biologists attribute the lower harvest to declines in deer numbers in rural Maryland after last year’s strong harvest, and an abundant acorn crop this year that resulted in reduced deer movement for much of the season.

“The decline in the harvest this year was similar to the drop two years ago and can be expected whenever there is an abundant acorn crop,” said Brian Eyler, DNR deer project leader. “Most counties with extensive oak forests saw much more of a decline than other counties, such as those on the Eastern Shore where harvest levels were very similar to last year. Strong harvests over the past decade have reduced the deer population to more appropriate levels in our rural areas where hunters have better access to property for deer hunting. The challenge remains to effectively manage deer in suburban areas where hunter access is limited and populations remain high.”

The 2014-2015 statewide harvest includes: 27,053 antlered and 56,802 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,228 antlered and 1,800 antlerless sika deer.

The harvest in deer management Region A (Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties) decreased 5 percent from 9,176 deer last year, to 8,740 deer this year. Region A hunters reported 4,930 antlered and 3,810 antlerless deer.

Deer hunters in Region B (the remainder of the State) harvested 78,143, down 10 percent from last year’s 86,687 deer. The Region B harvest was comprised of 23,351 antlered and 54,792 antlerless deer.

Hunters harvested 7,192 deer on the Sundays open for deer hunting. Of those, archery hunters harvested 1,146 deer, firearm hunters reported 5,936, and 110 were harvested with muzzleloaders.

Frederick County led the harvest totals again this year with 7,272 deer, followed by Carroll County with 5,464 and Baltimore County at 5,413. Montgomery and Washington counties rounded out the top five with 5,410 and 5,087 deer, respectively.

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

Results by county are available below.



Maryland Reported Antlered/Antlerless Deer Harvest for 2013-14 and 2014-15 Hunting Seasons
Antlered Antlerless Total
County ’13-14 ’14-15 %Change ’13-14 ’14-15 %Change ’13-14 ’14-15 %Change
Allegany 2,021 1,731 -14.3 1,615 1,320 -18.3 3,636 3,051 -16.1
Anne Arundel 1,032 817 -20.8 2,462 2,075 -15.7 3,494 2,892 -17.2
Baltimore 1,787 1,502 -15.9 4,549 3,911 -14.0 6,336 5,413 -14.6
Calvert 752 470 -37.5 1,689 1,101 -34.8 2,441 1,571 -35.6
whitetail 728 734 0.8   1,795 1,704 -5.1   2,523 2,438 -3.4
sika 1 1 *   2 1 *   3 2 *
Carroll 1,946 1,634 -16.0 3,969 3,830 -3.5 5,915 5,464 -7.6
Cecil 1,100 1,005 -8.6 2,512 2,455 -2.3 3,612 3,460 -4.2
Charles 1,466 1,132 -22.8 3,040 2,392 -21.3 4,506 3,524 -21.8
whitetail 907 774 -14.7   1,852 1,865 0.7   2,759 2,639 -4.3
sika 1,058 1,140 7.8   1,497 1,707 14.0   2,555 2,847 11.4
Frederick 2,738 2,346 -14.3 5,302 4,926 -7.1 8,040 7,272 -9.6
Garrett 2,133 2,486 16.5 1,735 1,967 13.4 3,868 4,453 15.1
Harford 1,085 917 -15.5 2,677 2,374 -11.3 3,762 3,291 -12.5
Aberdeen Prv. Grds. 178 121 * 414 286 * 592 407 *
Howard 878 682 -22.3 2,221 1,899 -14.5 3,099 2,581 -16.7
Kent 1,148 1,052 -8.4 2,232 2,268 1.6 3,380 3,320 -1.8
Montgomery 1,705 1,520 -10.9 4,184 3,890 -7.0 5,889 5,410 -8.1
Prince George’s 1,018 820 -19.4 2,219 1,848 -16.7 3,237 2,668 -17.6
Queen Anne’s 1,201 1,096 -8.7 2,657 2,731 2.8 3,858 3,827 -0.8
Saint Mary’s 1,116 848 -24.0 2,487 1,929 -22.4 3,603 2,777 -22.9
whitetail 679 665 -2.1   1,754 1,826 4.1   2,433 2,491 2.4
sika 4 1 *   6 6 *   10 7 *
Talbot 872 774 -11.2 2,036 2,087 2.5 2,908 2,861 -1.6
Washington 2,673 2,026 -24.2 3,703 3,061 -17.3 6,376 5,087 -20.2
whitetail 878 886 0.9   2,301 2,248 -2.3   3,179 3,134 -1.4
sika 36 62 *   40 50 *   76 112 *
whitetail 957 1,015 6.1   2,759 2,809 1.8   3,716 3,824 2.9
sika 17 24 *   40 36 *   57 60 *
Total 32,114 28,281 -11.9   63,749 58,602 -8.1   95,863 86,883 -9.4
*Small sample size

  • MaryFinelli

    Deer are not “harvested,” they are killed. They are animals, not crops. Please spare us the euphemisms. More importantly, please spare deer the killing.

    • Kory B

      Actually just like any wild crop, deer sustain themselves in the a similar fashion as fruits and vegetables by extracting nutrition from the vegetation around them, just like a plants roots extract nutrition from the ground which believe it or not, is comprised of dead things. Deer drink the water that falls from the sky and runs from the rivers, as a plant sucks moisture from the soil that arrives there from a similar source. The sunlight provides them heat and sustains them, and just like many plants, deer have natural defense systems that effectively protect the species as a whole, while allowing random individuals to be plucked, eaten and yes, harvested so that the cycle of life and death can continue. Questions, Mary? :-)

      • MaryFinelli

        Kory, if you don’t realize the significant difference between animals and plants you shouldn’t be walking around loose in society. Animals are sentient, plants are not. That’s why, for example there are laws against cruelty to animals -albeit woefully inadequate ones- but not against cruelty to plants.

        People are animals, too, and do the same things you mentioned that deer do. So would you say that a serial killer of humans is killing or “harvesting” them?

        • Kory B

          There is a circle of life. We are all a part of it. Being cute and cuddly doesn’t excuse deer from being a walking food source. They eat vegetation, acorns, crops etc and magically turn it into steak. It’s not my fault they’re vulnerable to pointy sticks and taste delicious. You clowns in the anti hunting community are hilarious. Equating wild animals with humans? HA! And then you wonder why no one that matters respect your opinions.

          • MaryFinelli

            Stop trying to make lame excuses for your animal abuse.

          • Kory B

            That’s the beautiful part about my stance: I don’t need excuses, because I’m practicing a well regulated, legal and historically relevant sport that adds to the conservation of not only the species I hunt, but any other life form existing in its habitat. You on the other hand are an evolutionary outlier who can’t grasp the concept of life and death who’s opinions and mindset are out of sync with not only the majority of people in the world, but also the ones who set the rules governing the sport. So flap the gums all you want about it being cruel, barbaric or whatever, not only are you wrong, you will always be wrong and you’ll never have rational minded people on your side, just the crazy cat ladies of the world. Oh and the hypocrites that hate hunting but wear leather shoes and eat factory farmed meat. You need a reality check, life isn’t a Disney movie.

          • MaryFinelli

            Stop deluding yourself with the line being fed to you by the pro-killing wildlife commissions. Human slavery was once legal and popular, too. That didn’t make it right, either.

          • Kory B

            Compare apples to oranges all you like. Humans weren’t meant to be slaves, prey animals were meant to be prey.

          • MaryFinelli

            That is just your faulty, anthropocentric view. It makes no moral sense.

          • Randy

            so you obviously believe you evolved from a monkey and the God is not real.

          • Jeremy Robertson

            You seem to not understand what hunting is. When an animal overpopulates an area, that area can no longer support the overpopulation. Thus, the animals die from mal nutrition, the forests die due to erosion from the lack of ground plants that were eaten up by the animal, water sources become diseased from the run off of all the waste which kills the fish, and all the animals in that area die. When hunted, the ecosystem is balanced as well as healthy foods provided for families and the poor. Oh and lets not forget hunting fees pay for all of the conservation efforts and wildlife research.

        • Kory B

          There is a food chain and a cycle of life, being cute and cuddly does not excuse deer or any other animal from that. They eat vegetation, acorns, crops etc and magically turn that nutrition into meat. Its not my fault they’re vulnerable to pointy sticks and taste delicious. And equating humans to animals on the food chain? Really? And the delusional side of the animals right community wonders why no one who matters respect their opinion. #NomNomNom

      • Mark Caponigro

        Animals are never a “crop.” And killing animals is never a “harvest.” To refer to animals as though they were plants is an injustice. We are responsible for the language we use.

        • Jamesmace

          Are you a vegan? No leather? What of the eyelash mites that you kill everyday when you wash? The insects that are killed to grow your vegetables?

          • Mark Caponigro

            Thanks for bringing up instances in which we are responsible for animal deaths (to say nothing of the deaths of other organisms who we find it convenient to kill). I think you may be right, in what you imply at least, that many vegans don’t see the whole picture, with regard to all the kinds of killings that we are complicit in, merely by the fact of our living. There’s nothing to be done, really, by way of saving the countless living organisms who inhabit our bodies (more bacteria in a single human body than all the stars in the Milky Way!). Actually the ones who actually reside there are usually in OK condition; it’s the strangers who get inhaled or swallowed or otherwise absorbed who are in for rough treatment, if the immune system is working as it should.

            As for plant-source foods, that’s a huge moral issue, which so far as I can see most vegans don’t pay much attention to. I.e., plant agriculture in itself requires the disruption of wild ecosystems, so at the very beginning, we must assume many animals were either outright killed because of the destruction of their homes and their food sources, or were displaced and had to compete in other ecosystems. Besides that, as you say, there are lots of animals (insects especially, but other invertebrates too, and some vertebrates such as rodents, rabbits and birds) who try to eat the plant foods we are growing; and so it is as traditional to try to kill those competitors for our plants as it is to kill those farm animals whose meat we try to eat.

            So by all means keep pointing out these things!

          • Jamesmace

            No there is not a moral issue. When humans die, we are consumed by organisms that do so without moral judgement. Humans accept that as are deer resolved to be eaten by coyotes or me.

            My example is to show the illogical of the vegans. “Dont kill that chicken to eat dinner, but do eat soybeans that were grown on 1000 sq ft where 1000 lower life forms were killed with insecticides, plows, erosion, etc.”

            There is no logical or moral basis to not eat meat or any other food.

          • Mark Caponigro

            Well, except that I doubt you really believe the implications of this. It’s just a hyper-macho super-empathy-deficient pose: You are not deceived, you understand reality just as it is, viz. that human beings must die and are eaten by other creatures, and that’s obviously the way nature works, so why not, let’s kill everything and not feel bad about it.

            Of course if you really believed that, you wouldn’t bother wasting your time communicating with people online, because nobody’s opinions matter. Even your own don’t matter, because you’re just going to die and then your body will be consumed by other organisms.

            As for the deer “being resolved to be eaten,” no, that can’t be true, otherwise they won’t flee when pursued, and struggle when cornered.

          • Jamesmace

            “…because you’re just going to die…”

            Who said that? Bodies die but people have spiritual lives that do not exist in time or space.

            But you do get points for imagination; “hyper-macho super-empathy-deficient”. There are lots of ladies who insist on providing the most natural food for their families and they do that by hunting and fishing wild game – its all natural.

    • ryan.whaples

      The deer are harvested, killed, slaughtered or whatever you want to call it because of population control. The deer eat the vegetation in there habitat and overpopulation leads to over grazing which can be harmful to other species that rely on the same ecosystem. Todays deer doesn’t really have any natural predators to speak of that would control their population. The deer population is also managed by hunting because deforestation and the constant increase in building, such as cities and roadways, are destroying there home and leaving them with a smaller area to live which is bad because it causes the deer to travel through urban areas and major roadways which can cause accidents. The number of hunters is decreasing every year though because of all of the bullshit you have to go through to be able to hunt, and because of all the damn complainers. So when you’re out trying to enjoy nature and don’t see anything worth looking at because the ecosystem has been destroyed in your are by overpopulation of deer, or when your driving your minivan or Mercedes down the road and a deer runs out in front of you and smashes your lib wagon all to hell, just remember that you wanted it that way.

      • MaryFinelli

        It’s people who are to blame for overpopulating the land and destroying so much of wildlife’s habitat. That doesn’t justify “harvesting” them, does it?

        • Randy

          sure it does. They are food for humans to eat

  • A.D.

    @MaryFinelli:disqus – Yes deer are “harvested”. As well as fruits, fish, energy and body organs.

  • deerdog54

    how many deer have been killed that wasn’t turned in I’ll bet you that’s a huge number


    I shoot deer. and eat them. call it what you want.
    I call it harvesting.

  • Jjc

    Let’s go hug a tree and be friends I’ll go get my summit climber now

  • Tim Wilson

    Mary Finelli mam do not understand the massive number of deer there would be if not properly hunted. They would starve to death because the food source would be wiped out. Thus causing desease. Crops would be damaged your garden and flowerbeds would eaten and the number of vehicle accidents would increase 10 fold. It is important to their survival that the population is managed. It may seem hostile to people who don’t hunt,but the balance is important. I live paycheck to paycheck and it provides food for my family and also the homeless and poor. I’ve been hunting for 30 years. I follow the law and I thank mother nature for every sacrifice she makes. A gain I can’t afford fancy expensive steaks. This provides very important food source to my family. What about cows ,pigs and chickens. There are industrially slatered in the millions. Do you not see a problem with that. Deer hunting pales in comparison.