The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation on February 28 that a second white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The adult female deer was harvested in Allegany County in December 2013 during firearm season. Read more
Hunters 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.
Cooling temperatures and changing leaves signal that deer activity is beginning to increase as these animals seek fall food supplies and enter their breeding season. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges motorists to be alert for deer and other wildlife during this time. Read more
Maryland’s 2013-2014 Shooter Qualification Schedule is now available and includes more than 35 firearms qualification sessions at 18 locations throughout 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
With late spring being the prime birthing time for white-tailed deer, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anyone who encounters a fawn to avoid disturbing it. While young deer often appear to be orphaned, in most cases the doe is nearby protecting and feeding their offspring as needed. Removing these animals from the wild for care is unnecessary, dangerous and illegal. Read more
Maryland hunters harvested 87,541 deer during the bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 7, 2012 through January 31, 2013). The harvest shows an 11 percent decline compared to last year’s total of 98,029 deer. Biologists attribute the drop to multiple factors, including reduced hunter participation, an abundant acorn crop that changed deer movements, and a lower deer population in some areas. Read more