From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has totaled the deer harvest from the bow, muzzleloader and modern firearms seasons and said the kill is up in Allegany County, but down in Garrett.
Allegany County hunters had increased success from the previous year, bagging 2,021 bucks (up 12.6 percent) and 1,615 antlerless deer (up 26.2 percent).
In Garrett County, hunters killed 2,133 bucks, down 8.2 percent from the previous season. The Garrett antlerless kill dropped off as well, down 4.2 percent at 1,735.
Statewide, hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the seasons from Sept. 6 through Jan. 31. That’s a 10 percent increase over last year’s total of 87,541.
Biologists attribute the higher numbers to multiple factors including more hunters participating and better hunting conditions, with deer actively searching for acorns that were scarce in most locations.