Firearm Deer Season Reopens in Most of Maryland
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WBOC/AP)- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says hunters have another chance to bag deer in most of the state.
The firearm deer season reopens Friday through Saturday everywhere except Garrett and Allegany counties, and the western half of Washington county. The season remains open Sunday on private land only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Washington and Worcester counties.
“The winter season is a popular one as it provides another opportunity to hunt with a firearm after the holidays,” said DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto. “The hunt helps us meet our deer management goals of reducing the population in the targeted counties.”
The season’s bag limits (including any deer taken during the previous firearm season) are:
- One antlered white-tailed deer (statewide limit);
- 10 antlerless white-tailed deer;
- Three sika deer, no more than one antlered.
In Deer Management Region B, which includes the Eastern Shore, a hunter may also take one bonus antlered white-tailed deer per license year in the weapon season of their choice after purchasing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and taking two antlerless white-tailed deer during any weapon season.
Hunters are also reminded there is an antler point restriction for white-tailed deer. Each hunter may harvest up to two antlered deer (with two or fewer points on each antler) per license year. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Licensed junior hunters are exempt from this restriction.
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