Maryland DNR Announces Junior Deer Hunt Day
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites young hunters across the State to participate in the 17th Annual Maryland Junior Deer Hunt Day on Saturday, November 12. New this year, DNR is expanding the hunt day to November 13 in counties that permit Sunday deer hunting on private lands.
“The Junior Deer Hunt is a day dedicated to encouraging interest in the tradition of hunting while demonstrating safe and ethical outdoor skills,” Paul Peditto, Director of DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service. “The hunt also provides an opportunity to engage the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts in an appreciation of our natural resources.”
White-tailed deer and sika deer firearms hunting will be open exclusively to hunters 16 years of age and younger when accompanied by an unarmed, licensed (or exempt from the license requirement) adult at least 21 years of age.
All hunters participating in the Junior Deer Hunt must pass a Maryland Hunter Education Course, which includes demonstrating proficiency during a practical test and a live firing exercise. The course also includes instruction in hunter responsibility and ethics, safe firearms handling, wildlife management principles and a host of other outdoor fundamentals.
Also new this year, a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Area (land code 233) has been established in a portion of Allegany County with regulations designed to prevent the unintentional spread of CWD to other locations. Hunters wanting more information should visit dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/deer/disease/cwdinformation.asp or consult the 2011-2012 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.
Successful junior deer hunters are encouraged to visit one of Maryland’s junior hunter certificate agents and receive a special certificate for any deer they harvest. This certificate is available to junior hunters during any of Maryland’s deer hunting seasons. Participating certificate agents as well as complete bag limits, season dates, counties open to Sunday hunting, deer registration procedures and other deer hunting information can be found in the 2011-2012 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license or dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide.
Hunters are urged to carefully inspect all treestands before using them. A full-body safety harness should be used while climbing into or out of a treestand and while in the stand. DNR strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. For more information and a video on treestand safety, visit dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/ts.asp.