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Deer Damage Management Techniques

Lethal Deer Management Techniques

One of the most effective ways to reduce deer damage is to reduce the number of deer. The following deer management techniques reduce the number of deer using lethal means. Neighbors not practicing deer damage management or deer population control may be creating a sanctuary where deer may take refuge, making damage control and population control more difficult.

Various deer management techniques are listed below and described in detail when you click on the link to a specific method.

Regulated Hunting

Managed Hunting

Deer Cooperators

Deer Management Permits


Maryland’s Deer Project helps Maryland’s residents resolve urban and suburban deer problems. A list of services are provided below:

Community Deer Management Assistance

Upon request from a community representative, a DNR wildlife biologist will meet to discuss the various deer management techniques that are available and can assist the community in determining the most appropriate deer management techniques for them. Communities must collectively decide which technique(s) are best for them.

Corporate Deer Management Assistance

Upon request from a corporation representative, a DNR wildlife biologist meet to discuss the various deer management techniques  that are available and can assist in identifying those methods most appropriate for the company.

Governmental Deer Management Assistance

Upon request from a government agency representative, a DNR wildlife biologist will provide assistance by consulting government agencies on the most appropriate deer management techniques for them, and assist them in designing a plan to help them manage the deer on properties they control.

Additional Information

For more information on these topics, and the services that can be provided, contact:

George Timko, Assistant Deer Project Leader
Maryland DNR, Wildlife & Heritage Service
Washington Monument State Park
6620 Zittlestown Road
Middletown, MD 21769
301-432-4307 (Phone and Fax)
gtimko@dnr.state.md.us

Maryland Deer Damage Management Techniques