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DNR Releases Maryland Deer Stats

December 18th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland hunters reported taking 35,078 deer during the state’s most popular hunt, the two-week firearm season. The total was 12 percent greater than last year’s harvest of 31,304. Fair weather and a reduced harvest in September and October contributed to the increase. Over 4,300 deer were taken on the two Sundays during the season.

“Deer hunters got off to a slower start than normal earlier this fall however they came out in force during the annual firearm season and the harvest rebounded accordingly,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto. “Sunday hunting also played a valuable role in the strong harvest totals.”

Hunters reported taking 22,407 antlerless white-tailed deer the season, nearly double the total of antlered white-tailed deer (12,671). Focusing the harvest on antlerless deer remains a fundamental component of the department’s effort to manage the state’s deer population.

In western Maryland (Region A) hunters reported taking 4,018 white-tailed deer, a slight increase from last year’s harvest of 3,965. The region’s harvest was comprised of 2,462 antlered and 1,556 antlerless deer. In the remainder of the state (Region B), the white-tailed deer harvest increased 14 percent from last year’s harvest of 26,364 to 30,000 deer this year. That region’s total included 9,722 antlered and 20,278 antlerless deer.

The harvest of sika deer also increased this year with hunters reporting 1,060 deer (487 antlered and 573 antlerless) compared to 975 (392 antlered and 583 antlerless) in 2015.

“Hunters have responded favorably to the recent liberalization of bag limits for sika deer,” Peditto said. “We modified those limits to help reduce and stabilize the deer population, especially where it has caused significant agricultural damage.”

Young hunters reported taking 2,443 deer in November during the Junior Deer Hunt Days, slightly below last year’s harvest of 2,534. They registered 1,557 antlered and 886 antlerless deer.

Preliminary Deer Harvest Totals for the Junior Deer Hunt Weekend and Two-Week Firearm Season

  Junior Hunt (Nov. 12-13)  

Firearm (Nov. 26-Dec. 10)

County Antlered Antlerless Total   Antlered Antlerless Total
Allegany 117 60 177   863 564 1,427
Anne Arundel 13 10 23   238 471 709
Baltimore 26 16 42   438 965 1,403
Calvert 15 13 28   184 402 586
Caroline              
whitetail 48 36 84   447 1,049 1,496
sika 0 0 0   0 1 1
Carroll 91 52 143   934 1,568 2,502
Cecil 72 37 109   428 896 1,324
Charles 48 34 82   389 776 1,165
Dorchester              
whitetail 57 42 99   466 1,048 1,514
sika 16 8 24   460 540 1,000
Frederick 134 72 206   1,299 2,135 3,434
Garrett 253 86 339   1,184 804 1,988
Harford 26 20 46   328 767 1,095
Howard 15 7 22   181 395 576
Kent 61 25 86   520 1,050 1,570
Montgomery 55 30 85   435 775 1,210
Prince George’s 5 6 11   268 504 772
Queen Anne’s 61 36 97   452 1,184 1,636
Somerset              
whitetail 58 39 97   381 935 1,316
sika 1 0 1   2 2 4
St. Mary’s 33 21 54   287 647 934
Talbot 40 36 76   380 1,075 1,455
Washington 143 57 200   1,014 1,096 2,110
Wicomico              
whitetail 84 72 156   503 1,187 1,690
sika 2 1 3   25 28 53
Worcester              
whitetail 83 70 153   565 1,541 2,106
sika 0 0 0   0 2 2
Total 1,557 886 2,443   12,671 22,407 35,078

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