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Firearm Deer Season Opens November 26

Annapolis, Md. (November 16, 2011) - Maryland’s two-week deer firearm season opens Saturday, November 26, 2011. Hunters usually take nearly half of the annual deer harvest during this popular Maryland tradition.

“The two-week firearm season has long been our most popular deer hunting opportunity, with over 50,000 hunters participating each year,” said DNR’s Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler. “Many deer hunters look forward to celebrating our hunting heritage and sharing time outdoors with friends and family, while also providing food for the table. The sustainable deer harvest over this two week period is a critical part of DNR’s deer management program and will help reduce deer-related habitat damage and conflicts with humans.”

New this year, DNR has established a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Area (land code 233) in a portion of Allegany County with regulations designed to prevent the unintentional spread of the disease to other locations. For more information on CWD and the regulations pertaining to the Disease Management Area, visit dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/deer/disease/cwdinformation.asp or consult the 2011-2012 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

DNR urges hunters to carefully inspect all tree stands before using them. Hunters should use a full-body safety harness while climbing into or out of a tree stand and while in the stand. DNR strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand. This allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. For more safety tips and a video on tree stand safety go to dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/ts.asp.

Complete bag limits, season dates and other deer hunting information can be found at dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide. The 2011-2012 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.


   November 16, 2011

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

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