Deer Hunters Enjoy Productive Firearm Season Opener
Western Maryland Harvest Sees Jump; Junior Hunt Weekend Also Successful
Hunters reported harvesting 13,514 deer on the opening weekend of the 2017 Maryland firearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The total includes 6,242 antlered and 7,272 antlerless deer, with sika deer comprising 201 of the antlered and 188 of the antlerless totals.
“Excellent weather conditions and the ability to hunt Sunday in much of the state contributed to the healthy harvest the opening weekend,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Sunday hunting continues to offer more opportunities for family and friends to share time out in the fields and woods. At the same time the additional day of harvest contributes positively to sustainably managing deer for the benefit of all.”
Hunters in Region A – mainly western Maryland – reported harvesting 1,401 deer for the weekend, up significantly from last year’s harvest of 1,111. In Region B, the antlered deer harvest decreased from 5,074 last year to 4,841 this year and the antlerless harvest decreased from 7,386 to 7,272.
Deer hunters harvested 3,389 deer (1,369 antlered, 2,020 antlerless) Sunday. Hunting is permitted on select Sundays in 20 counties and has become increasingly popular with hunters across the state. Frederick County once again led the Sunday harvest with 342 deer taken. The harvest was nearly the same as last year’s official total of 13,571 deer for the same period.
Junior hunters also took advantage of good November hunting weather and reported taking 2,462 deer during the Junior Deer Hunt Days. The harvest was nearly identical to last year’s official harvest of 2,444. These young hunters registered 1,500 antlered and 962 antlerless deer.
Maryland Unofficial Results of Junior Deer Hunt (Nov. 11-12, 2017) and
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The two-week deer firearm season runs through Dec. 9. Hunters who use tree stands are strongly advised to wear a full-body safety harness, which should be secured at all times, including while climbing up or down the stand. Using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is tied above the stand allows hunters to be secure from when they leave the ground to their return. The department has more information on tree-stand safety online.