The first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens on October 16. This season serves as one of many that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers from September to January each year to manage deer populations, and provide hunters with recreation and food. Read more
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 5, 2014 and continues through January 31, 2015. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks, but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions. Read more
Maryland’s 2014-2015 Shooter Qualification Schedule is now available and includes more than 35 firearm qualification sessions at 18 locations across the State. These events allow hunters to take the shooting proficiency test that is required before they can participate in many of the managed deer hunts held in Maryland. Read more
Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 6, 2013 through January 31, 2014). The harvest shows a 10 percent increase over last year’s total of 87,541. Biologists attribute the higher numbers to multiple factors including more hunters participating and better hunting conditions, with deer actively searching for acorns that were scarce in most locations. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police charged an Allegany County man last Tuesday with violating state hunting regulations.
Henry Clayton Vance Livengood, 23, of Cumberland was charged with deer hunting during a closed season, and hunting without written permission, after officers on patrol found him with a dead eight-point buck at Barton Industrial Park.
The second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season begins on Saturday, December 21 and runs through January 4, 2014. Hunters who possess a valid hunting license and a Muzzleloader Stamp, or are exempt from the Maryland hunting license requirements, may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season. Read more
The two-week firearm deer season opens Saturday, November 30 and runs through December 14, 2013. Hunters who possess a valid hunting license or are exempt from the Maryland hunting license requirements may use firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season. Read more