Maryland’s 2015 deer firearm season harvest numbers are down!

Posted by Bruce Carroll on December 20, 2015 in Uncategorized, State News ; Maryland

During the 2015 Maryland firearm deer season, hunters harvested  31,390 deer.   The firearm season is two weeks and runs from November 28 through December 12.  The exceptionally warm weather and lots of rain could of been the reason for an eight percent decline in harvest compared to last season.

During the firearm deer season, hunters reported taking 20,041 antlerless white-tailed deer—nearly double the antlered white-tailed deer taken (11,349). Focusing harvest on antlerless deer remains a fundamental component in the effort to manage Maryland’s population.

Region A hunters reported taking 3,965 white-tailed deer during the season, down slightly from last year’s harvest of 4,128. The region’s harvest was comprised of 2,643 antlered and 1,322 antlerless deer.

The Region B harvest decreased eight percent from last year’s to 27,425 deer. The region total included 8,706 antlered and 18,719 antlerless deer.

Junior hunters reported taking 2,537 deer during the November junior deer hunt weekend, slightly above last year’s harvest. Junior hunters registered 1,575 antlered and 962 antlerless deer in 2015.

Hunting dates, regulations and deer registration procedures are located in the 2015-2016 Guide to Hunting and Trapping. Additional information may be found on the Hunting in Maryland webpage.


Information provided by Maryland department of Natural resources.

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