Public Input Sought on White-tailed Deer Management

Four Public Comment Meetings Scheduled in February

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, Click here to comment online, or if you prefer, you can submit comments by phone, fax or in writing.

The public comment period ends February 28, 2019.

How to Comment

Click here to Comment Online

Click here to View Comments from others

By phone: 410-260-8540
By fax: 410-260-8596

In writing:
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Avenue, E-1,
Annapolis, Maryland, 21401.

A brief summary of the current status of white-tailed deer and their management will be presented at four public comment meetings:

Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m.
Mountain Ridge High School
100 Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Lane in Frostburg (Allegany County)
Directions: From I-68 take Exit 34, New Georges Creek Road SW, Rt. 36 N. Take New Georges Creek Road SW for approx. 1.9 miles. Turn left on Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Lane. School is on the right.

Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus
8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata (Charles County)
Room 113 in the Center for Business and Industry Building
Directions: From Waldorf take Crain Highway, Rt. 301 south approximately 6 miles and turn right on Mitchell Road. From La Plata take Crain Highway, Rt. 301 north approximately 2.6 miles and turn left on Mitchel Road. Travel approximately 1.5 miles on Mitchell Road to North Campus Drive. Turn right on North Campus Drive and park at the far end of the parking lot on the right. Meeting location is across North Campus Drive in the Business and Industry Building (Room 113).

Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Chesapeake College
1000 College Drive in Wye Mills (Queen Anne’s County)
Room 127 in the Health Professions and Athletics Center
Directions: From Queenstown take US-50 east bound approximately 5.0 miles and turn right on College Drive, Rt. 213. From Easton take US-50 west bound approximately 13.0 miles and turn left on College Drive, Rt. 213. Travel approximately 0.2 miles on College Drive and turn right to enter campus. Follow College Circle around campus and park in Lot A. Meeting is in the Health Professions and Athletics Center across from the parking lot (Room 127).

Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
New Town High School
4931 New Town Boulevard in Owings Mills (Baltimore County)
Directions: From I-795 take Exit 4, Owings Mills Boulevard south approximately 2.1 miles to Lakeside Boulevard. Turn right on Lakeside Boulevard and travel approximately 1.0 mile to New Town Boulevard. Turn left on New Town Boulevard and high school is on the right.

Weather closings: If schools are closed the day of the meeting at the meeting location, the meeting will be rescheduled. Please check the Department of Natural Resources website for closure information.