Maryland Hunting News

Maryland Park Service Issues Public Safety Warning For Deep Creek Lake

The Maryland Park Service advises individuals enjoying activities at Deep Creek Lake to be alert of safety hazards as temperatures begin to freeze the lake, particularly at night.

Maryland's Elk Neck State Forest Shooting Range To Open Earlier On Mondays

Starting January 9, 2012, the Elk Neck State Forest shooting ranges will be open from 1 p.m. to sunset, making them more accessible to users during the winter months.

“Many customers stated that Monday’s 4 p.m. opening time, paired with the early sunsets, significantly restricted their shooting hours,” said Forest Ranger Shawn Day. ”They spoke and we listened, I think this is great news!”

Wildlife Artists Invited to Enter 16th Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites artists to submit their original artwork for the 16th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. Both Maryland residents and non-residents may enter now through Friday, March 16, 2012.

“The proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamp and other related products are used to compensate farmers in Maryland who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears,” said Patricia Allen, Information & Education program manager for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.

Maryland’s Firearm Deer Season Reopens in Region B

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will reopen Firearm Deer Season for white-tailed and sika deer in Deer Management Region B on January 6 and 7, 2012.

This two-day deer season provides additional opportunities for landowners to manage deer numbers while offering hunters a late season recreational opportunity. The firearm season is closed in Deer Management Region A (Allegany, Garrett, and western Washington counties).

Maryland Deer Hunters See Increased Firearm Season Harvest

Maryland deer hunters experienced a range of weather for the two-week firearm season and harvested an estimated 41,421 deer ─ a 2 percent increase from last year’s harvest of 40,694 deer for the same period. This year’s total included 14,302 antlered deer and 27,119 antlerless deer. Sika deer totals were 455 antlered and 549 antlerless.

Maryland's Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 17

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will open Maryland’s late muzzleloader season for deer December 17 through December 31, 2011. The early winter season is popular with deer hunters and is an important part of deer management in Maryland.

“Muzzleloader hunters contribute positively to deer management in Maryland because of their willingness to take female deer,” said DNR’s Deer Project Leader, Brian Eyler. “Harvesting females is essential for effective deer management and it is always challenging to remove enough to meet our population goals.”

Guidance for Waterfowl Hunting on Agricultural Lands in Maryland

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) would like to remind hunters that State and federal regulations allow waterfowl hunting on agriculture fields only if they have been properly harvested or left in their natural state.

Maryland Firearm Deer Season Opens November 26

Maryland’s two-week deer firearm season opens Saturday, November 26, 2011. Hunters usually take nearly half of the annual deer harvest during this popular Maryland tradition.

Maryland DNR Announces Early Deer Season and Fall Turkey Harvest Results

Maryland deer hunters wrapped up the early portions of the bow and muzzleloader seasons by harvesting an estimated 24,324 deer during September and October, down 4 percent from last year’s harvest of 25,324 deer for the same period.

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.