Firearm White-Tailed Deer Season

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Maryland’s Firearm Deer Season reopens on January 6 – 7, 2006 in Deer Management Region B. The firearm season is closed in Deer Management Region A (Allegany and Garrett counties). The sika deer firearm season is also closed. This Friday and Saturday deer season provides additional opportunities for landowners to manage deer numbers through deer hunting. Hunters use this opportunity to restock the freezer with venison for the family dinner table.

The bag limit for the two days is a continuation of the Region B Total Firearm White-tailed Deer Season Bag Limit. A total of two antlered deer and ten antlerless deer may be taken during the entire Region B firearm season (Youth Day, 2-week season, two-day January season). Two antlerless deer must be taken before a second antlered deer is pursued.

During last year’s two-day firearm season 3,143 deer were taken in 21 Maryland counties. Antlerless deer comprised 80% of the two-day hunt. The top ten Maryland counties for last season’s two-day January firearm season were as follows: Washington (482); Frederick (287); Worcester (198); Queen Anne’s (197); Carroll (169); Baltimore (167); Montgomery (164); Kent (156); Somerset (154); Cecil (136).

Successful Maryland deer hunters will register their deer by calling 1-888-800-0121 or through the internet www.gamecheck.dnr.state.md.us. Hunters must immediately attach a completed 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 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 are located on pages 28 – 29 of the 2005-2006 Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland.

For more information about Maryland’s deer hunting regulations, consult DNR’s “Hunting and Trapping In Maryland 2005-2006”. This publication is issued when a hunter purchases a 2005 - 2006 hunting license. The publication may be found on DNR’s website at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide.