Maryland Junior Deer Hunt November 11

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The 12th Annual Maryland Junior Deer Hunt will be held on Saturday, November 11. Hunters 16 years of age and younger who are accompanied by an unarmed licensed adult of at least 21 years of age can hunt white-tailed deer and sika deer.

Each young hunter can take one antlered or antlerless white-tailed deer in Deer Management Region A. In Region B, the junior hunter can take up to three white-tailed deer with no more than one being antlered. Each young hunter can take one antlered or one antlerless sika deer in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico or Worcester counties.

This youth deer hunting day continues to grow in popularity. Young hunters took 2,239 deer last season even with poor hunting weather conditions across the state. This day provides an opportunity for experienced adult deer hunters to pass on the knowledge and skills required of safe, effective and ethical deer hunters.

Deer hunting requires diverse skills and acquired knowledge. Deer hunters must understand white-tailed deer and sika deer biology and behavior. Deer hunting requires accurate marksmanship and safe firearm handling techniques. Successful deer hunters must comprehend deer anatomy in order to properly dress the deer and make the venison ready for cooking. All of these skills, techniques and conservation ethic have been passed down through generations of Maryland deer hunters.

All young hunters participating in the 12th Maryland Junior Deer Hunt have passed Maryland's Hunter Education Course. The course includes instruction in the following topics: hunter responsibility; firearms and ammunition; firearm handling and safety; marksmanship and shooting fundamentals; principals of wildlife management; bow hunting; muzzleloader hunting; safety and first aid; water safety; and Maryland legal requirements. All youngsters have passed a written hunter education test, and demonstrated their knowledge during a practical test and live firing.

The top ten Maryland counties for last season's Junior Deer Hunting Day are as follows: Garrett (258); Washington (256); Frederick (196); Carroll (165); Worcester (160); Allegany (157); Wicomico (107); Dorchester (95); Montgomery (94); and Baltimore (82).

Successful young hunters must register their deer by calling 1-888-800-0121 or through the internet www.gamecheck.dnr.state.md.us. Hunters must immediately attach a field tag on the deer's head and record the harvest on their Maryland Big Game Harvest Record portion of their hunting license before moving the deer from the place of harvest. Both forms must be completed in ink. Hunters will receive a confirmation number to be recorded on the Big Game Harvest Record. Detailed instructions for this process is found on pages 28 – 29 of the 2006-2007 Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland.

New and improved field tags and butcher/taxidermy tags are located on pages 28 and 29 of the 2006-2007 Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland. This season's tags provide an improved writing surface material and a more tear resistant hole. DNR made these changes in response to suggestions from the Maryland hunting public. Unused field tags and butcher/taxidermy tags from last season are still valid for tagging deer and turkey during the coming hunting seasons.

Successful junior deer hunters are encouraged to visit Maryland’s Junior Hunter Certificate Agents and receive a special certificate for each deer. This certificate is available during all of Maryland's deer hunting seasons. Participating Game Certification Agents are listed on page 52 of the 2006-2007 Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland.

Complete bag limits, season dates, new deer registration procedures and other deer hunting information can be found at the DNR website, www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide. The 2006-2007 Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland, issued with each hunting license, contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.