News from the DNR Office of Communications

Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 18

Annapolis, Md. (December 9, 2010) — Maryland’s late muzzleloader season for deer opens on Saturday, December 18 and continues through January 1, 2011. The early winter season is popular with deer hunters and affords them the opportunity to pursue their favorite game with a different type of firearm.

“Muzzleloader hunting is a great opportunity for hunters to enjoy more time in the woods with friends and family,” said DNR’s Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler. “Last year approximately 35 percent of our muzzleloader hunters were successful in harvesting at least one deer.”

Deer hunting regulations vary between the two Deer Management Regions in Maryland. Region A consists of Garrett and Allegany counties and, new this season, the western half of Washington County. Region B includes eastern Washington County and the remaining 20 counties. Bag limits, season dates and other deer hunting information can be found on the DNR website at and in the 2010-2011 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license.

Hunters are reminded to carefully inspect all permanent and portable tree stands before each use. Harness style safety belts should always be used while climbing into or out of a tree stand and while in the stand. The DNR website has tips and a video on tree stand safety that all hunters are encouraged to become familiar with at Hunters are reminded to always exercise the fundamental commandments of firearms safety while afield.

   December 9, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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