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February 22, 2014

Deer kill up in Allegany, but drops off in Garrett

Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons from Sept. 6 through Jan. 31

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons from Sept. 6 through Jan. 31.

The harvest shows 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.

“Our deer harvest rebounded to levels closer to what they were before last year’s significant decline,” said Brian Eyler, Maryland Department of Natural Resources deer project leader.

“I believe we had more hunters in the woods this year and hunting conditions were better than last year.”

The 2013-2014 statewide harvest includes:

• 30,998 antlered and 62,164 antlerless white-tailed deer

• 1,116 antlered and 1,585 antlerless sika deer

The harvest in deer management Region A (Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties) increased 6 percent from 8,675 deer last year, to 9,176 deer this year. Region A hunters reported 5,186 antlered and 3,990 antlerless deer.

Deer hunters in Region B (the remainder of the state) harvested 86,687, up 10 percent from last year’s 78,866 deer. The Region B harvest was composed of 26,928 antlered and 59,759 antlerless deer.

Hunters harvested 6,579 deer on the Sundays open for deer hunting. Archery hunters harvested 1,214 deer on Sundays, firearm hunters reported 5,352, and 13 deer were harvested with muzzleloaders for the first time in Carroll County.

Frederick County led the harvest totals this year with 8,040 deer, followed by Washington County with 6,376 and Baltimore County at 6,336. Carroll and Montgomery counties rounded out the top five with 5,915 and 5,889 deer, respectively.

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.

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.

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