News from the DNR Office of Communications

Deer Hunters Experience Successful Opening Weekend

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 2, 2009) — Maryland deer hunters reported 19,054 deer for the opening weekend of the 2009 firearm season, a 20% increase over last year’s opening weekend harvest of 15,880 deer. The total included 8,072 antlered deer and 10,982 antlerless deer. Sika deer comprised 218 of the antlered and 221 of the antlerless deer totals.

“Windy conditions on Saturday may have slowed the harvest slightly, but hunters took advantage of better conditions on Sunday and posted a strong overall harvest for the weekend,” said DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler.

Hunters in Region A (Garrett and Allegany counties) reported 1,336 deer for the weekend, nearly identical to the 1,328 deer reported last year. The Region B antlered harvest increased from 5,668 deer last year to 6,771 deer this year, while the antlerless harvest increased from 8,884 deer to 10,947 deer in 2009.

Deer hunters harvested 4,877 deer (1,887 antlered, 2,990 antlerless) on Sunday. Deer hunting is permitted on selected Sundays in 19 counties on private land only. In Frederick County, where Sunday hunting was permitted for the first time this year, hunters reported 521 deer on Sunday and 2,005 deer total for the weekend; up 26% over last year’s Saturday-only harvest of 1,598 deer.

“Sunday hunting continues to afford hunters more opportunities to share time with friends and family while providing them a sustainable local source of food,” said Eyler. “Plus, the additional harvest helps the Department manage the state’s deer population for the benefit of all citizens.”

The two-week deer firearm season runs through Saturday, December 12.
 

Table of Antlered and Antlerless Harvest by County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland Unofficial Opening Weekend Firearm Deer Harvest, 11/28 - 11/29/2009.

 

Saturday 11/28

 

Sunday 11/29

 

County

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

 

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

Grand Total

Allegany

468

0

468

 

141

0

141

609

Anne Arundel

111

208

319

 

38

74

112

431

Baltimore

226

452

678

 

*

*

*

678

Calvert

94

136

230

 

51

106

157

387

Caroline

120

268

388

 

58

116

174

562

Carroll

420

592

1,012

 

*

*

*

1,012

Cecil

194

277

471

 

68

133

201

672

Charles

245

383

628

 

117

185

302

930

Dorchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

230

354

584

 

98

151

249

833

sika

128

148

276

 

84

66

150

426

Frederick

597

887

1,484

 

186

335

521

2,005

Garrett

558

0

558

 

169

0

169

727

Harford

129

270

399

 

68

138

206

605

Howard

100

168

268

 

*

*

*

268

Kent

278

476

754

 

76

166

242

996

Montgomery

228

352

580

 

50

103

153

733

Prince George's

145

197

342

 

*

*

*

342

Queen Anne's

260

447

707

 

94

242

336

1,043

Somerset

175

294

469

 

58

144

202

671

St. Mary's

186

293

479

 

93

144

237

716

Talbot

183

298

481

 

51

155

206

687

Washington

669

695

1,364

 

192

259

451

1,815

Wicomico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

200

300

500

 

76

192

268

768

sika

3

2

5

 

0

2

2

7

Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

270

457

727

 

119

279

398

1,125

sika

3

3

6

 

0

0

0

6

Total

6,220

7,957

14,177

 

1,887

2,990

4,877

19,054

*Sunday hunting not permitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   December 2, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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