Deer Harvest up 16% during Maryland Firearms Season
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Hunters Harvest Over 31,000 Deer during the Two-Week Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters harvested 31,571 deer during the two-week firearms season from Nov. 28 – Dec. 12. The harvest was 16% higher than last year’s official count of 27,121. Hunters enjoyed good weather compared to the 2019 season, which was hampered by rain, wind, and fog on key days.

“The two week firearm season remains one of our most popular deer seasons, and fortunately hunters enjoyed great hunting weather for most of it this year,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. 

Hunters reported taking 11,623 antlered deer during the two-week season, up 13% from last year’s official total of 10,258. The antlerless harvest increased 18% from 16,863 last year to 19,948 this year. Sika deer represented 460 of the total antlered harvest and 556 of the total antlerless harvest.

More than 4,000 deer were taken on the two Sundays during the season, representing 13% of the total harvest. Deer hunting on Sunday is currently permitted on select Sundays in 20 of 23 counties.

Hunters in Region A — Allegany, Garrett, and western Washington counties — reported taking 2,530 antlered and 1,547 antlerless deer (up 16% and 40%, respectively). In the remainder of the state, hunters reported taking 9,093 antlered and 18,401 antlerless deer (up 13% and 17%, respectively)

Maryland Reported Harvest for the Two-Week Firearm Season 

 
Antlered Antlerless Total

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County 2019 2020 % Change
2019
2020
% Change
2019
2020
% Change

Allegany
735
901
22.6
348
572
64.4
1,083
1473
36

Anne Arundel
182
138
-24.2
327
316
-3.4
509
454
-10.8

Baltimore
393
438
11.5
738
899
21.8
1,131
1,337
18.2

Calvert
164
157
-4.3
284
358
26.1
448
515
15

Caroline
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

whitetail
312
388
24.4
839
975
16.2
1,151
1,363
18.4

sika
0
0
*
0
2
*
0
2
*

Carroll
745
885
18.8
1,337
1,589
18.8
2,082
2,474
18.8

Cecil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

whitetail
399
395
-1
915
922
0.8
1,314
1,317
0.2

sika
1
0
*
0
0
*
1
0
i

Charles
370
351
-5.1
579
600
3.6
949
951
0.2

Dorchester
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

whitetail
305
352
15.4
542
712
31.4
847
1,064
25.6

sika
356
406
14
465
501
7.7
821
907
10.5

Frederick
1,017
1,226
20.6
1,521
1,902
25
2,538
3,128
23.2

Garrett
1,134
1,291
13.8
650
804
23.7
1,784
2,095
17.5

Harford
273
310
13.6
617
709
14.9
890
1,019
14.5

Howard
160
197
23.1
315
366
16.2
475
563
18.5

Kent
350
388
10.9
817
990
21.2
1,167
1,378
18.1

Montgomery
280
342
22.1
485
587
21
765
929
21.4

Prince George’s
227
224
-1.3
363
302
-16.8
590
526
-10.8

Queen Anne’s
381
380
-0.3
851
1,079
26.8
1,232
1,459
18.4

St. Mary’s
250
229
-8.4
400
419
4.8
650
648
-0.3

Somerset
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

whitetail
256
326
23.4
773
859
11.1
1,029
1,175
14.2

sika
2
1
*
4
3
*
6
4
*

Talbot
246
253
2.8
730
756
3.6
976
1,009
3.4

Washington
805
955
18.6
736
1,037
40.9
1,541
1,992
29.3

Wicomico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

whitetail
393
471
19.8
941
1,152
22.4
1,334
1,623
21.7

sika
28
53
*
38
42
*
66
95
*

Worcester
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

whitetail
492
576
17.1
1,248
1,487
19.2
1,740
2,063
18.6

sika
2
0
*
0
8
*
2
8
*

Total
10,258
11,623
13.3
16,863
19,948
18.3
27,121
31,571
16.4

*Small sample size

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