Maryland Hunting News

Deer Harvest Up Slightly
Despite poor hunting conditions, preliminary figures for the 2003 Maryland two-week firearm season indicate that the 2003 deer harvest was up slightly from last year. Firearm deer hunters took an estimated 42,166 deer compared to 41,469 deer during the same period in 2002, an increase of 1.7 percent. The final deer harvest analysis will be completed after the close of all seasons.
First Sunday Firearms Hunt
On Sunday, firearm deer hunters were able to hunt on private land in 12 counties (Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington) for the first time in modern deer hunting history. An estimated 2,899 deer were tallied on Sunday bringing the opening weekend preliminary total to 15,533. This tally is almost equal to the preliminary total of 15,473 deer taken in 2002.
Ninth Annual Youth Deer Hunt Set
Maryland’s Ninth Youth Deer Hunt Day opens next Saturday, Nov. 15. Hunters 16 years of age and younger who are accompanied by an unarmed licensed adult at least 21 years of age can hunt antlered or antlerless deer on this Saturday.
Firearms Deer Season Opens November 29
Maryland’s two-week firearms deer season for white-tailed and sika deer opens Nov. 29. Approximately 75,000 deer hunters will take part in this longstanding fall tradition. On average, hunters will spend more than 5 days pursuing deer.
Public Deer Hunting Regulation Meetings Planned
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service will hold two public meetings to discuss proposed changes in deer-hunting regulations for Region A, which includes Garrett and Allegany Counties and western Washington County. Any changes would become effective in the 2004-2005 hunting seasons.
Bowhunters Register Online for Prettyboy and Liberty Reservoir Permits
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that bow hunters may now self-register on DNR’s website for permits to hunt at the Prettyboy and Liberty Reservoirs in Baltimore and Carroll Counties.
Early Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens In October
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service today reminded hunters of the early three-day segments of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season to open in upcoming weeks. The first segment occurs Oct. 16-18. The second, the white-tailed deer antlerless-only segment, occurs the following week, Oct. 23-25, in Deer Management Regions B, C, and D.
Hunter Safety Education Class Offered
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Woodmont Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will offer to the public a Hunter Safety Education Class on Aug. 20, 21, and 23 at the historic Woodmont Rod & Gun Club in Hancock, Md. in Washington County.
DNR Shooting Range Development Grants Available
he Maryland Natural Resources Police Hunter Education Program announced today that federal grant money will be soon be made available to nonprofit groups and organizations for the improvement of shooting range facilities around the State. The grants are designed to enhance the Maryland Hunter Education Program by providing additional access to students for hunter education training and live firing, and to increase public access to recreational shooting facilities.
Chronic Wasting Disease Not Found
Results of tests on Maryland’s white-tailed deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) have found no sign of the illness in the 304 deer tested announced the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Division.