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Marylandís Firearm Deer Season Reopens in Region B

Annapolis, Md. (December 21, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will reopen Firearm Deer Season for white-tailed and sika deer in Deer Management Region B on January 6 and 7, 2012.

This two-day deer season provides additional opportunities for landowners to manage deer numbers while offering hunters a late season recreational opportunity. The firearm season is closed in Deer Management Region A (Allegany, Garrett, and western Washington counties).

“The January firearm hunt has proven to be a successful addition to the traditional two-week firearm season,”said DNR’s Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler. “Last year, 82 percent of the 4,445 deer harvested during the January firearm season were antlerless.”

Sika deer may also be hunted during the January two-day firearm season. Deer hunters who did not fill their sika deer bag limit during the regular two-week firearm season will now have a second chance to do so in January. The firearm bag limit is two sika deer, of which no more than one may be antlered.

Hunters are urged to carefully inspect all tree stands before using them. A full-body safety harness should be used 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 that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. For more information on tree stand safety, visit

For complete bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and other deer hunting information visit The 2011-2012 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued, with each hunting license also contains detailed information on all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.

   December 21, 2011

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