Public Input Sought on White-tailed Deer Management

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is updating the 2009-2018 Deer Management Plan for the coming 15 years. The plan establishes long term goals for white-tailed deer management in Maryland and identifies specific objectives and strategies for achieving those goals. Public input is vital in crafting a well-rounded plan that will address the needs of citizens for the coming years. Please note that this process should not be confused with the biennial regulatory process the department uses to update deer hunting regulations. Deer hunting plays a major role in achieving some of the goals and objectives identified in the plan, but is just one of the strategies the department uses.

To date, in updating the deer plan, the department has solicited input from a stakeholder group comprised of individuals representing a wide range of interests concerning deer and deer management. Likewise, an extensive public opinion survey concerning deer was conducted in 2018. At this time, the department is accepting comments from the general public. If you would like to provide comments concerning the goals, objectives and strategies for deer management in Maryland,

The public comment period closed at 5 p.m. on March 15, 2019.

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