Maryland Hunting News

Deer Hunting Dates Announced for Wye Island
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Forest and Park Service today announced the dates for archery and muzzleloading deer hunts at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (N.R.M.A.). As in the past, all hunts will be by permit only.
DNR Finalizes Hunting and Trapping Regulation Proposals
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto announced today final hunting regulation proposals for both the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 hunting license years for resident game species and select migratory game species. Bonus deer stamp definitions have been changed, an expanded muzzleloader season, and changes to sika deer mangement are among the adopted changes.
Deer Harvest Slightly Declines
Unfavorable hunting conditions and weather led to a one percent decline in the Maryland total deer hunting season harvest for 2001-2002. Maryland's 2001-2002 total deer hunting season harvest totaled 83,787. A total of 82,206 white-tailed deer and 1,581 sika deer were bagged. Fog, wind, rain, and unseasonably warm temperatures during the two-week firearm season contributed to a 13 percent decline in harvest numbers. Firearm deer hunters took 42,321 deer, down from 48,248 in the previous year.
Deer Firearms Season to Open Soon
Maryland's 2001-2002 Deer Firearms Season opens Nov. 24 for white-tailed deer and sika deer. Over 69,400 hunters participated in last year?s firearms deer season, and each spent an average of 5.5 days hunting white-tailed deer and sika deer.
Managed Hunts Scheduled
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that managed deer hunts will be held at three locations in Southern Maryland: the Billingsley Tract in Upper Marlboro during the muzzleloader and firearm seasons; the Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro during the firearm season; and, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, also during the firearms season.
Black Bear Population Study
A new scientific survey of Maryland's black bear population from Cumberland to the western border of the state has resulted in a population estimate of 227 bears. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists estimate the population east of Cumberland to be about 100 bears.