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Hunters reported harvesting 13,514 deer on the opening weekend of the2017 Maryland firearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The total includes 6,242 antlered and 7,272 antlerless deer, with sika deer comprising 201 of the antlered and 188 of the antlerless totals.

“Excellent weather conditions and the ability to hunt Sunday in much of the state contributed to the healthy harvest the opening weekend,”Wildlife and Heritage ServiceDirector Paul Peditto said.“Sunday hunting continues to offer more opportunities for family and friends to share time out in the fields and woods. At the same time the additional day of harvest contributes positively to sustainably managing deer for the benefit of all.”

Hunters in Region A – mainly western Maryland – reported harvesting 1,401 deer for the weekend, up significantly from last year’s harvest of 1,111. In Region B, the antlered deer harvest decreased from 5,074 last year to 4,841 this year and the antlerless harvest decreased from 7,386 to 7,272.

Deer hunters harvested 3,389 deer (1,369 antlered, 2,020 antlerless) Sunday. Hunting is permitted on select Sundays in 20 counties and has become increasingly popular with hunters across the state. Frederick County once again led the Sunday harvest with 342 deer taken.The harvest was nearly the same as last year’s official total of 13,571 deer for the same period.

Juniorhunters also took advantage of good November hunting weather and reported taking 2,462 deer during theJunior Deer Hunt Days. The harvest was nearly identical to last year’s official harvest of 2,444. These young hunters registered 1,500 antlered and 962 antlerless deer.

Maryland Unofficial Results of Junior Deer Hunt (Nov. 11-12, 2017) and
Opening Weekend Firearm Deer Season (Nov. 25 – 26, 2017)
CountyJunior HuntOpening Weekend Firearm Season
SaturdaySundayTotal
AntleredAntlerlessTotalAntleredAntlerlessTotalAntleredAntlerlessTotal
Allegany11250162395039597097492
Anne Arundel15102581124205214263268
Baltimore26935189268457***457
Calvert1213255179130205171201
Caroline40418112621133758138196533
Carroll9046136442511953891482371,190
Cecil614110220023343358105163596
Charles694211113419332757107164491
Dorchester
whitetail4135769519729246133179471
sika208281181032216073133354
Frederick1418522654169212331352073421,575
Garrett25510736250605061800180686
Harford2120411452053504168109459
Howard12122484112196***196
Kent4039791932874805998157637
Montgomery572986173267440325890530
Prince George’s1351889100189***189
Queen Anne’s625711919329849162144206697
Somerset56429812118130242120162464
St. Mary’s37326977156233254873306
Talbot2726538421830253103156458
Washington123681914722397118442126837
Wicomico
whitetail877115816425742165150215636
sika1128715941328
Worcester
whitetail827215418631349976181257756
sika0116170007
Total1,5009622,4624,8735,25210,1251,3692,0203,38913,514

The two-week deer firearm season runs through Dec. 9. Hunters who use tree stands are strongly advised to wear a full-body safety harness, whichshould be secured at all times, including while climbing up or down the stand. Using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is tied above the stand allows hunters to be secure from when they leave the ground to their return. The department has more information on tree-stand safetyonline.

via Maryland Department of Natural Resources

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...