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DNR Releases 2009-10 Two-Week Deer Firearm Season Numbers

Hunters concluded successful firearm season

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (December 28, 2009) — Maryland hunters finished the 2009-10 two-week deer firearm season with a harvest of 44,804 deer. The preliminary figures include 15,447 antlered deer (522 sika deer) and 29,357 antlerless deer (618 sika deer). This year’s total is nearly identical to the 2008-09 tally of 44,837 deer. The antlered harvest declined approximately 2 percent compared to last year while the antlerless total increased by about 1 percent.

“Deer hunting is a win-win situation,” said DNR’s Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler. “Hunters can enjoy a recreational opportunity with friends and family while hopefully putting healthy and sustainable venison in the freezer. At the same time, the citizens of the state benefit from the effective deer population management that hunting contributes.”

Region A hunters (Garrett and Allegany counties) reported 4,809 deer for the two-week season, nearly identical to the 4,817 deer registered last year. The antlered harvest decreased an estimated 3 percent from 2,692 deer last year to 2,620 deer this year, while the antlerless total increased 3 percent from 2,125 deer to 2,189 deer.

In Region B, the two-week firearm harvest decreased slightly from 40,020 deer last year to 39,995 deer this year. The antlered harvest decreased an estimated 1 percent from 12,996 deer last year to 12,827 this year, while the antlerless tally increased an estimated 1 percent from 27,024 to 27,168 deer this year.

Unlike last year, this year young hunters enjoyed good weather during the Junior Firearm Deer Hunt. The mentored junior deer hunters bagged 1,961 deer, a 28 percent increase over a harvest of 1,527 deer last year. Junior hunters are reminded they can obtain an official DNR Junior Hunter Certificate for deer they harvest this year. The certificates are available from participating retail agents; click here for a complete list: http://dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/pdfs/Jr_Hunter_Cert.pdf. Junior hunters can also have their pictures posted on the DNR website by visiting www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/Junior_Hunters/md_jr_hunter.asp.

Maryland’s two-week late muzzleloader season opens Saturday, December 19 and closes January 2, 2010.

Junior Hunt and Two-Week Firearm Preliminary Deer Harvest Numbers

 

Junior Hunt

 

Two-Week Firearm

County

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

 

Antlered

Antlerless

Total

Allegany

83

58

141

 

1,254

1,043

2,297

Anne Arundel

11

11

22

 

333

712

1,045

Baltimore

24

26

50

 

574

1,251

1,825

Calvert

27

7

34

 

302

649

951

Caroline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

25

23

48

 

383

849

1,232

sika

0

0

0

 

1

1

2

Carroll

83

44

127

 

795

1,577

2,372

Cecil

35

20

55

 

507

990

1,497

Charles

36

31

67

 

733

1,368

2,101

Dorchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

53

39

92

 

561

1,251

1,812

sika

10

8

18

 

494

564

1,058

Frederick

115

55

170

 

1,356

2,694

4,050

Garrett

143

75

218

 

1,366

1,146

2,512

Harford

18

16

34

 

391

865

1,256

Howard

16

16

32

 

219

507

726

Kent

45

46

91

 

527

1,267

1,794

Montgomery

37

36

73

 

483

1,167

1,650

Prince George's

11

5

16

 

341

636

977

Queen Anne's

46

36

82

 

577

1,478

2,055

Somerset

55

37

92

 

456

1,034

1,490

St. Mary's

29

18

47

 

556

1,149

1,705

Talbot

30

17

47

 

414

1,206

1,620

Washington

109

83

192

 

1,515

2,731

4,246

Wicomico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

55

36

91

 

574

1,272

1,846

sika

0

0

0

 

12

16

28

Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

whitetail

77

44

121

 

708

1,897

2,605

sika

0

1

1

 

15

37

52

Total

1,173

788

1,961

 

15,447

29,357

44,804

 


   December 28, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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