Maryland Deer Firearms Opening Day Harvest Up 29%

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wind, Rain Hamper Overall Weekend

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported 8,061 deer taken on the opening day of the 2019 Maryland firearm season, Nov. 30. This represents a 29% increase over last year’s Saturday opener. The overall weekend harvest of 9,201 was down 9% from 2018 due to nearly non-stop rain and wind across the state on Sunday.

The harvest total includes 4,248 antlered and 4,953 antlerless deer, including 147 antlered and 126 antlerless sika deer. The two-week deer firearm season runs through Dec. 14.

“Rain once again plagued hunters this year for part of the opening weekend, but many hunters took advantage of a dry Saturday and were still able to put venison in the freezer,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “The strong antlerless harvest for the weekend is reassuring, and is vital for managing deer numbers in the state.”

Hunters in Region A — Allegany, Garrett, and western Washington counties — harvested 878 antlered deer. Hunters in Region B — the rest of the state — harvested 3,370 antlered and 4,953 antlerless deer.

Junior hunters enjoyed excellent deer hunting weather and harvested 2,423 deer during the Junior Deer Hunt Days on November 16 – 17. The harvest was 12% higher than the official harvest of 2,164 last year. Juniors registered 1,471 antlered and 952 antlerless deer.

Maryland Unofficial Results of Junior Deer Hunt (Nov. 16-17, 2019) and
Opening Weekend Firearm Deer Season (Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2019)
CountyJunior HuntOpening Weekend Firearm Season
    Saturday Sunday Total
 AntleredAntlerlessJunior
Total
AntleredAntlerlessTotalAntleredAntlerlessTotal 
Allegany13250182253025337037290
Ann Arundel1110217010917961723202
Baltimore241034151259410***410
Calvert1462046781243710134
Caroline374582110212322213253375
Carroll10168169333472805293059864
Cecil          
whitetail523991134264398243761459
sika0001010001
Charles553489121143264182947311
Dorchester          
whitetail3227599593188254166254
sika1221339982181393877258
Frederick1547823242852995744701141,071
Garrett249118367363036362062425
Harford22173912221733981826365
Howard159247991170***170
Kent543690144248392163450442
Montgomery41367710216426661218284
Prince George’s129218691177***177
Queen Anne’s463985159234393113243436
Somerset44479176165241193857298
whitetail44479176165241193857298
sika0000000000
St. Mary’s2429537897175132033208
Talbot4032729418127593645320
Washington12245167352166518443579597
Wicomico          
whitetail8578163104160264264571335
sika31445921312
Worcester          
whitetail90681581482473953274106501
sika0002020002
Total1,4719522,4233,7544,3078,0614946461,1409,201
*Sunday hunting not permitted.               

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