More than 31,000 Deer Harvested During Maryland Firearm Season
Maryland hunters reported taking 31,390 deer during the popular two-week deer firearm season. Despite mild weather across the state, rain on key hunting days resulted in an eight percent decline in harvest compared to last season. More than 3,200 deer were taken on the Sunday hunting days.
“Scattered rain across the state on opening weekend, combined with warm weather throughout the season, made for challenging hunting conditions this year,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “With Sunday hunting available in most counties, hunters had more opportunities to adapt to these conditions and achieve the harvest necessary to meet our deer management objectives.”
During the firearm season, hunters reported taking 20,041 antlerless white-tailed deer—nearly double the antlered white-tailed deer taken (11,349). Focusing harvest on antlerless deer remains a fundamental component in the effort to manage Maryland’s population.
The harvest of sika deer declined with hunters reporting 390 antlered and 581 antlerless deer, compared to 471 antlered and 670 antlerless in 2014. The bag limit for antlerless sika deer was increased in 2014 in response to rising agricultural damage complaints in the region. Hunters have responded favorably by harvesting more antlerless sika deer to help stabilize the population and reduce it to more acceptable levels in problem areas.
Region A hunters reported taking 3,965 white-tailed deer during the season, down slightly from last year’s harvest of 4,128. The region’s harvest was comprised of 2,643 antlered and 1,322 antlerless deer.
The Region B harvest decreased eight percent from last year’s to 27,425 deer. The region total included 8,706 antlered and 18,719 antlerless deer.
Junior hunters reported taking 2,537 deer during the November junior deer hunt weekend, slightly above last year’s harvest. Junior hunters registered 1,575 antlered and 962 antlerless deer in 2015.
Preliminary Deer Harvest Totals for the 2015 junior deer hunt weekend (Nov. 14-15) and firearm season (Nov.28 – Dec. 12) shown by county in the table below.
|Junior Hunt||Two-Week Firearm|