Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 18

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Maryland’s estimated 60,000 muzzleloader deer hunters will return to Maryland’s winter woods and fields on December 18. This two-week segment of the muzzleloader deer season runs through Jan. 1.

White-tailed deer muzzleloader seasons and bag limits vary by the portion of the state. Deer Management Region A consists of Allegany and Garrett counties. Region B is composed of the remaining counties. Each Region has independent bag limits. The bag limits are a continuation of the Total Muzzleloader Regional bag limits.

Region A’s total muzzleloader bag limit is 2 deer and no more than 1 of them can be antlered. On public lands, only antlered deer may be taken from Dec. 18-30 and either sex deer may be taken on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. On all other lands, only antlered deer may be taken from Dec. 18-24 and either sex deer may be taken from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.

Region B’s total muzzleloader bag limit is 2 antlered deer and 10 antlerless deer. Two antlerless deer must be taken before a second antlered deer is pursued. Either sex deer may be taken during the entire 2-week season (Dec. 18 – Jan. 1).

Sika deer season is from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1 in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The total muzzleloader sika deer bag limit is 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless.

Last season the top ten late muzzleloader deer harvest counties were Frederick (873), Washington (811), Garrett (668), Allegany (650), Baltimore (586), Montgomery (403), Carroll (361), Kent (309), Harford (292) and Charles (291).

Maryland’s Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season is one component of DNR’s deer management project. Muzzleloader deer hunting combined with archery and firearm deer hunting seasons provides outdoor recreation for over 80,000 Maryland citizens, manages white-tailed deer and sika deer numbers and contributes over $150 million to the state’s economy.

Complete bag limits, season dates and other deer hunting information can be found at the DNR website The Hunting & Trapping In Maryland 2004-2005 guide, issued with each hunting license, contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.