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Deer Muzzleloader Season Set to Open Oct. 21

Popular Season is Great Way to Enjoy Maryland’s Outdoors  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season runs from Oct. 21-23 statewide.  Hunters in Region B — the state’s central, southern, and eastern regions — can also use muzzleloaders from Oct. 25-30 for antlerless deer only. The popular season  Read the Rest…



Maryland Deer Archery Season Opens Sept. 10

Popular Hunting Opportunity Continues Through Jan. 31 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide Sept. 10, and continues through Jan. 31, 2022. Archers may also use vertical longbows and vertical recurve bows Feb. 1-3, 2022 during the second annual Primitive Deer Hunt Days.



Marylanders Reminded to Leave Deer Wild

Handling Fawns is Dangerous and Illegal The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cautions anyone who encounters a fawn to avoid disturbing it and resist the urge to feed or handle the animal. Removing deer from the wild and keeping them in captivity is against the law in Maryland, for both animal welfare and public safety.  Read the Rest…


Maryland Hunters Harvest 81,000 Deer during 2020-2021 Season

Frederick County Leads State in Harvest Totals The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that deer hunters harvested 81,729 deer during the combined archery, firearms, and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 11, 2020 through Feb. 3, 2021. The statewide harvest included 29,242 antlered and 49,033 antlerless white-tailed deer, plus 1,500 antlered and 1,954 antlerless sika deer. The harvest  Read the Rest…



Deer Firearm Season Reopens Jan. 8 in Maryland

Last Opportunity of the Season for Most Firearms Hunters The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the January firearm deer hunting season opens Jan. 8, 2021, in Deer Management Region B, which includes all of the state except the westernmost counties. Hunters with a valid hunting license may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed  Read the Rest…



Trio Charged with Illegal Deer Hunting in Garrett County

Following an extensive investigation, Maryland Natural Resources Police charged three men with illegally hunting multiple deer in Garrett County. In November and December, Natural Resources Police investigated reports of deer illegally killed near the Blakeslee community. On December 3, officers learned of an additional incident where an antlerless albino deer was illegally hunted, and received  Read the Rest…


Muzzleloader Deer Season Reopens Dec. 19

Season Runs Through Jan. 2 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the muzzleloader deer hunting season will reopen Dec. 19 and run through Jan. 2, 2021. This is the second half of Maryland’s split deer muzzleloader season; the first half was held in October. Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed  Read the Rest…



Maryland Deer Firearms Hunting Season Opens Nov. 28

Hunters Can Use Straight-Walled Cartridge Rifles, Handguns Statewide The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that the two-week firearms hunting season for sika and white-tailed deer opens Nov. 28 and runs through Dec. 12.  New this year, deer hunters may use rifles and handguns that employ straight-walled cartridges in all counties. Rifles and handguns that  Read the Rest…




Maryland Deer Archery Season Opens Sept. 11

New Primitive Deer Hunt Days in February The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide Sept. 11, and continues through Jan. 30, 2021. New for the upcoming deer season, archery and muzzleloader hunters may participate in Primitive Deer Hunt Days from Feb. 1-3, 2021. During this  Read the Rest…



Muzzleloader Season for Deer Reopens Dec. 21

Second Half of Season Runs Until Jan. 4 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the second segment of the muzzleloader deer hunting season will open Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 4, 2020. Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season.




Deer Muzzleloader Season Set to Begin

Traditional Firearms Hunt Remains Popular The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide Oct. 17. This is one of many deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. The early muzzleloader season runs from Oct. 17-19 statewide. Hunters in  Read the Rest…


Maryland Reminds Motorists to Stay Alert for Deer

Wildlife Activity Ramps up for Fall Fall means cool weather and colorful foliage. It can also mean unpredictable wildlife. Deer mating season is right around the corner, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to stay alert for deer and other wildlife as these animals seek food supplies and mates before winter.



Marylanders Reminded to Keep Fawns Wild

Removing Wild Animals is Unnecessary, Dangerous and Illegal Late spring is the prime birthing time for white-tailed deer, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 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 feeding and will return to  Read the Rest…


Maryland Hunters Harvest 77,000 Deer during 2018-2019 Season

Sunday Hunting Accounts for More than Ten Percent of Total Harvest The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that deer hunters harvested 77,382 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 7, 2018, through Jan. 31, 2019. The statewide harvest included 29,699 antlered and 44,249 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,609 antlered  Read the Rest…



Firearms Season for Deer Reopens Jan. 4

Hunters in Region B Have Another Opportunity for Deer The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the winter portion of the firearm deer hunting season opens Jan. 4, 2019, in Deer Management Region B, which includes all of the state except the westernmost counties. Hunters with a valid hunting license may use firearms to harvest sika  Read the Rest…


Hunters Harvest 31,000 Deer During Firearms Season

Harvest Numbers Strong Despite Poor Weather The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported taking 31,588 deer during the state’s most popular hunt, the two-week firearms season. The total was eight percent lower than last year’s official harvest of 34,502. Bad weather during the prime Saturday hunt days contributed to the decline in many  Read the Rest…


Survey Shows Marylanders Support Deer Hunting

Public Input Helps Inform Deer Management Plan The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the results of a public opinion survey, done in cooperation with the University of Delaware and Responsive Management on white-tailed deer. The telephone survey covered a range of topics and will be used to support revision of the department’s deer management plan.  Read the Rest…


Muzzleloader Season for Deer Reopens Dec. 15

Second Half of Season Runs Until Dec. 29 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the second segment of the muzzleloader deer hunting season opens Dec. 15 and runs through Dec. 29, 2018. Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season. “The late muzzleloader season is a great  Read the Rest…




Deer Firearms Season Opens Nov. 24

Maryland’s Most Popular Hunting Season Runs Through Dec. 8 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that the two-week firearm hunting season for sika and white-tailed deer opens Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 8.  “The two-week firearms season remains our most popular hunting opportunity in the state,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said.  Read the Rest…




Maryland Motorists: Stay Alert for Deer!

Wildlife More Active in Fall Cooling temperatures, colorful foliage and unpredictable wildlife – all signs that the fall season is upon us in the Old Line State. As such, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to stay alert for deer and other wildlife this time of year as these animals seek food supplies and mates before  Read the Rest…


Hunting and Trapping Seasons Proposed

Public Comments Accepted Until July 9 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting public comment on proposed hunting and trapping seasons for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.  The proposed regulations were published in the Maryland Register June 8, and would establish hunting season dates and bag limits for deer, bear, wild turkey, and small game  Read the Rest…


Shooter Qualification Schedule Released

Hunters Need Proficiency Test for Managed Deer Hunts  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released its 2018-2019 shooter qualification schedule. More than 20 qualification sessions will be held at 17 locations across the state, with more dates expected to be added later. These events allow hunters to take the proficiency test required to obtain a shooter qualification card. Passing  Read the Rest…


Marylanders Reminded to Keep Fawns Wild

Removing Wild Animals is Unnecessary, Dangerous and Illegal Late spring is the prime birthing time for white-tailed deer and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 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 feeding and will return to  Read the Rest…


Deer Resistant Plants for Pollinators

In sections of Maryland, high concentrations of white-tailed deer have created a demand for “deer proof” plants. In reality, though, there is no such thing. Deer may nibble on anything once, especially when hungry, but they do dislike aromatics, prickly leaves and thorns. Unfortunately, many of the “deer proof” plants offered at stores include invasive  Read the Rest…



Deer Poacher Sentenced in Kent County

Natural Resources Police Cite Others for Oyster, Striped Bass Violations The deer poacher convicted of killing a massive deer known as “mega-buck” on someone else’s property was sentenced Monday in Kent County Circuit Court. Ronald Wayne Roe, 29, of Worton was convicted in February 2017 of multiple poaching charges in district court and appealed the  Read the Rest…


Ten Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Samples Found Within Existing Management Area The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has received laboratory confirmation that 10 white-tailed deer sampled in Allegany and Washington counties tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a neurological disease found in deer and elk. All of the positive samples came from within the existing Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area.



Firearm Deer Hunting Season Reopens Jan. 5

Additional Hunting Opportunities Begin Jan. 5 in Region B The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the winter portion of the firearm deer hunting season opens Jan. 5 in Deer Management Region B, which includes all the state but its westernmost counties. Hunters with a valid hunting license may use firearms to harvest  Read the Rest…




Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Reopens Dec. 16

Second Half of Season Runs Until Dec. 30 The second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer hunting season is set to open Dec. 16. Hunters who possess a valid hunting license and a muzzleloader stamp from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during the season, which concludes Dec. 30. “Muzzleloader hunting  Read the Rest…



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.


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