Maryland Deer News

... a new law, which went into effect on June 1, restitution for a B&C-sized buck is $5,000 to $10,000, plus 80 hours of community service... Iowa has similar maximum penalties ...  The average minimum fine among Southeastern, Midwestern, and Northeastern states in 2015 was $354 per deer ...

Deer poaching restitution bill becomes Md. law June 1, 2016 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... mandating significant amounts of financial restitution for illegally killing deer in Maryland ... A buck with antlers scoring more than 150 points brings a restitution of $5,000 to $10,000 and 80 hours of community service...  A deer without antlers brings a restitution of $300 to $500 and 40 hours of community service...

Deer baiting permitted on all private lands in Allegany County May 24, 2016 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... While other mid-Atlantic states are expanding no-baiting zones as chronic wasting disease spreads in deer populations, the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has eliminated that prohibition in Allegany County, the only county in the state where the disease has been confirmed...

Conference reflects changing outdoors April 16, 2016 Maryland, Carroll County Times
... The Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association  ... The exponential growth of turkey hunting continues unabated, and more and more hunters are moving away from deer hunting to pursue turkeys and travelling to distant states in this pursuit...

Fines for illegally killing Maryland deer may skyrocket after June 1 April 14, 2016 Cumberland Times News Homepage
... If the deer has no antlers, the minimum fine will be $300 and the maximum fine will be $500.  If the deer has antlers, and those antlers are determined by the Boone & Crockett Club's scoring system to be 150 or fewer points, the minimum fine will be $2,000 and the maximum fine will be $5,000...

... The bill would mandate fines of $5,000 to $10,000, plus 80 hours of community service, for poaching any deer that scores above 150 inches ...

MM Turner, CS Deperno, W Booth, EL Vargo… - … of Wildlife Management, 2016
...Using 8 microsatellite loci and tissue samples harvested from hunter-killed deer at Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Maryland, we evaluated 731 deer. The ≥3.5 age class dominated mating at Chesapeake Farms, with 41% of paternity. However, together, the 1.5- and 2.5-year-old age classes accounted for more than half of paternity (59%). No evidence of polyandry was detected. Our results indicate the interaction between the sex ratio and age structure, fostered by strategies that balance the sex ratio and extend the male age structure, facilitate breeding by younger males...

...  Maryland Department of Natural Resources found another five deer with chronic wasting disease in Allegany County, just south of Bedford County in southwestern Pennsylvania ... 

Deer hunting law debated with delegation Friday March 26, 2016 Maryland, Frederick News-Post
... During the 2015 General Assembly, state lawmakers relaxed the law to allow farmers to hunt deer with a rifle south of I-70 ... once state regulations implementing the bill took effect, the state allowed any and all hunters in the zone to use rifles ...

Md. senator's bill would end hunting on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. March 9, 2016 Maryland,Cumberland Times News Homepage
... Senate Bill 1061 that is being considered in the General Assembly. Introduced by Sen. Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore City, this bill would require hunting on Sundays, where legal, to end at 10:30 a.m...

...The sika is a deer species native to Japan and other parts of Asia, but they are doing quite well in parts of coastal Maryland, in a few other places in the U.S. ... Sika were released on Assateague Island off Maryland’s Dorchester County in the 1920s. Today there are more than 10,000 sika deer in eastern Maryland ...

The buck didn't stop, but declined in Maryland February 16, 2016 Maryland, Delmarva Daily Times
... Maryland hunters took 84,022 deer, a 3 percent decline from last year and a 12 percent decrease from the 95,863 taken two years ago...

Over 80k deer harvested during 2015-2016 season February 14, 2016 Maryland, Bay Net
...  The harvest of 84,022 deer represents a 3 percent decrease from last year’s total of 86,883...  included: 28,619 antlered and 52,476 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,236 antlered and 1,691 antlerless sika deer...

More Maryland deer tested for chronic wasting disease February 12, 2016 Cumberland Times News Homepage
... The results are back for 85 of the 286 samples ... "hey tested negative... Since 2002, Maryland has tested more than 8,000 deer ... Six deer infected with CWD have been confirmed, all in the eastern portion of Allegany County ...

Commissioners hear public comments on proposed rifle hunting February 12, 2016 Maryland, My Eastern Shore MD
... Danny Callahan, of Denton, a retired game warden for the Maryland Natural Resources Police and an avid hunter, said a rifle shot can travel 300 yards or more, three times farther than the average shotgun shot... Other people argued rifles are not any more dangerous than shotguns ...

Maryland deer harvest declines 3 percent February 11, 2016 buckmasters.com
...  The harvest of 84,022 deer represents a 3 percent decrease from last year’s total of 86,883. Biologists attribute the decline to reduced deer numbers in some rural areas and poor weather conditions which impeded hunting...

DNR concepts all hunters should know about February 8, 2016 Maryland, Delmarva Daily Times
... The big topic that’s caused the most controversy is a suggestion to allow the use of modern rifles and shotguns in the October antlerless muzzleloader deer season. DNR hopes to increase the doe kill by doing this, but if the stakeholders meeting is any indication, there isn’t support for it among hunters...

Md. wildlife officials are very conceiving January 28, 2016 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... There is so much baiting of deer by bow and muzzleloader hunters in ... Maryland that it can be difficult for someone with a bear permit to find a place to legally hunt. It's not legal to bait bears...

Poaching deer in Maryland could become quite expensive January 27, 2016 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... Legislation recently introduced at the Maryland General Assembly proposes restitution of up to $20,000 for people convicted of illegally killing deer on private land...

For hunters, good news from Annapolis January 11, 2016 Maryland, Delmarva Daily Times
... the Poaching Restitution Act of 2016 ... The act would more strongly define poaching and state policy in law; set mandatory restitution payments for poached whitetails and sika deer ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 based on the Boone and Crocket antler scoring system ...

Poachers Who Shot Deer Decoy in St. Mary’s County Get Off Easy January 11, 2016 Maryland, Southern Maryland News Net
... Few received a 30-day suspended sentence, two years of unsupervised probation and had his hunting privileges suspended for two years...
     Hunters caught with help of undercover operative: Robo-Deer January 8, 2016 Maryland, Washington Post
... Officers put the mechanical dummies out when they get reports of poaching, usually from neighbors who see lights at night in the woods or hear shots ...

Maryland firearm deer season reopens December 31, 2015 Bay Net
... The winter portion of the firearm deer season opens on Jan. 8 in Deer Management Region B. The season remains closed in Region A ...

Two Perry Hall men charged with illegally hunting deer in Darlington December 30, 2015 Maryland, The Baltimore Sun
... both men were cited on Dec. 18 for hunting deer during closed season, nighttime hunting, having a loaded weapon in a vehicle, hunting at nighttime with lights, hunting on private land without written permission ...

... The harvest of sika deer in 2015 declined; hunters reported 390 antlered and 581 antlerless deer, compared to 471 antlered and 670 antlerless in 2014.
The bag limit for antlerless sika deer was increased in 2014 in response to rising agricultural damage complaints...

More than 31,000 Deer Harvested During Maryland Firearm Season December 19, 2015 Southern Maryland News Net
... Maryland hunters reported taking 31,390 deer during the popular two-week deer firearm season... 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...  an eight percent decline in harvest compared to last season... 


For hunters, warm weather is new nemesis December 15, 2015 Maryland, Delmarva Daily Times
...  It’s best when deer are forced to get up and move and feed by cold, nasty weather, but what have we had? Warm, sunny weather, of course.  The deer, for the most part, stay bedded all day, coming out during the cool hours of night when we can’t hunt them...

Frederick County, Councilman to hold town hall meeting on firearm regulations for deer hunting December 7, 2015 Maryland, Frederick News-Post
... “A number of my constituents have voiced safety concerns regarding the allowance of rifles to shoot deer in relative close proximity to their homes and neighborhoods,” Donald said...

'No more deer will die in that fence' December 3, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... the back legs of the fawns would become entangled and the young deer would eventually die. ... The online and print versions of my story included a graphic photograph of a dead deer hanging on the fence... that fence isn't there anymore. someone ... sent a crew to remove it...

PETA Says Hunter Participating in Montgomery Parks Program Violated Rule December 2, 2015 Maryland, BethesdaMagazine.com
... says a hunter taking part in a Montgomery Parks deer management program violated a state rule when he killed an eight-point buck last month...

NIH’s Solution to Campus Overrun With Deer: Give Them Ovariectomies December 1, 2015 Maryland, The Washington Free Beacon
...The National Institutes of Health ... is looking for a contractor to help the deer population problem on its 500-acre Bethesda headquarters, which currently has 30 to 40 deer running free ... the contractor will provide training of NIH veterinary staff in the performance of ovariectomies in deer ... [White Buffalo did the first round of ovariectomies and has also been chosen for the second round, updated January 11, 2106]

Firearm deer hunting season to open in Maryland November 25, 2015 Bay Net
... Season dates, bag limits, hunting regulations and procedures are located in the 2015-2016 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping. Additional information may be found on the Hunting in Maryland webpage.

Middletown commissioners question changes to shotgun-only deer hunting zones November 23, 2015 Maryland, Frederick News-Post 
... The new zones change the boundaries of the shotgun-only area and make it legal for rifles to be fired right outside the Middletown town limits... Not only is this change dangerous for Middletown and surrounding municipalities, but commissioners say the process used by the DNR didn’t make sense and wasn’t transparent...

23,000 Deer Harvested in Maryland during Early Hunting Season November 18, 2015 Southern Maryland News Net
... an estimated 23,048 deer during September and October ─ five percent higher than last year’s harvest of 21,965...  biologists attribute the increased harvest to a scarcity of acorns across most of the state, causing deer to move more ...

... The program began in early 2010 ... The program has eliminated nearly 1,100 deer...

Comment:  Montgomery Parks Hopes to Expand Deer Hunts to Kensington October 27, 2015 Maryland, bethesdamagazine.com 
... Park Police sharpshooters would conduct the hunts at night when the park is closed throughout the winter. ... This year, for the first time, Parks enlisted members of the public for a crossbow deer hunt... [Comments on the project will be taken until November 18.]

Judge won't stop Maryland deer hunt September 16, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage 
... The Pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program at two Montgomery County parks will take place despite the efforts of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to block the bowhunt through a court order ... PETA’s legal attempt served only to temporarily delay the hunt ...
    PETA Sues to Stop Managed Archery Deer Hunts in Montgomery County September 10, 2015 Maryland, bethesdamagazine.com
... filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court late Thursday, claiming Montgomery Parks’ planned archery deer hunts set to start Friday morning in parts of two county parks violate Maryland’s animal cruelty statute.  Jeffrey Kerr, an attorney for PETA, said a judge on Thursday refused to issue a temporary restraining order ...

Maryland Deer Archery Season to Open September 11 September 5, 2015 Southern Maryland News Net... a statewide bag limit for bucks of one per weapon season ... antler point restriction mandates that hunters may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present...

Montgomery County looks at bowhunting to cull deer July 29, 2015 Maryland, Washington Post
... Since the county’s deer management program began 19 years ago, hunters have killed nearly 15,000 deer ... more than 2,000 Montgomery residents who signed a 2013 Change.org petition urging officials to halt a Park Police sharpshooting hunt, citing a specific incident involving a resident walking in the woods near Brookside Gardens who came across a doe with a gaping gunshot wound to her jaw...

Plan to increase Allegany County deer herd July 22, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... there are hunters in Allegany County who believe that the deer population between Westernport and Orleans has dwindled to an alarming number... After one season of hunters not using bait, the number of deer carrying over into the next year should be significant...

Allegany County nearly surrounded by chronic wasting disease zones July 19, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage 
...  neighboring states have surrounded Allegany County, Md., with areas officially recognized as having CWD.  Allegany County has Maryland’s only CWD zone ... 

... officers will shoot about 400 to 600 deer on county park lands.  A park police official at the hearing said the officers would be used as regular patrol officers when deer management season isn’t underway... Officers shot a total of 473 deer during the 2013-2014 deer harvest season ...

Three St. Mary's Hunters Charged with Violations, Dumping Deer on Public Road April 9, 2015 Maryland, Southern Maryland News Net
...  hunting deer with the aid of a spotlight after officers from both agencies were alerted to a butchered deer carcass dumped in the middle of Point Lookout Road...

Deer numbers are in now March 11, 2015 Maryland, Gazette Net 
...  DNR reported 86,883 deer killed by hunters ... a nine percent decrease from last year’s total of 95,863... Twelve counties in eastern Virginia reported significant deer kill declines this past hunting season and epizootic hemorrhagic disease was cited there as a significant factor for the lower numbers... Another factor we can’t ignore is the increasing coyote population in our state.  The largest coyote numbers are found today out in our western mountains ...

Government sharpshooters kill 119 deer in Md. national park March 9, 2015 Maryland, Washington Post
... Sharpshooters from the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services division ... eliminated 1,087 deer from the park since 2010...

DNR Releases 2014-15 Deer Season Results March 4, 2015 Maryland, Southern Maryland News Net
... Maryland hunters harvested 86,883 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 5, 2014 through January 31, 2015). The harvest shows a 9 percent decrease from last year’s total of 95,863 ... 27,053 antlered and 56,802 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,228 antlered and 1,800 antlerless sika deer...

Frederick County tops in deer harvesting in Maryland February 25, 2015 Frederick News Post 
... The number of deer harvested this hunting season fell below average, but Frederick County still took more deer than any other in Maryland ... Frederick County hunters ...  averaged about 3,600 deer a year in the four years leading up to this last season. This last season, 3,104 deer were killed ...

Bad idea: Selling meat from Md.’s wild deer February 22, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... Senate Bill 748 would make it legal for people who kill deer via crop damage permits to sell the venison. Hooo boy! ... Putting a price on the head of a wild animal can be perilous to the critter’s future... 

Hunting season should not include near full-term pregnant doe February 11, 2015 Maryland, Gazette Net 
... Most doe become pregnant during the first half of November and fawns are born during May and June ... Beginning this year, and as a result of Senate Bill 966, sponsored by former senator Roy Dyson and Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton (D-Charles), the hunting period in Charles and St. Mary’s counties has been extended through March 31, ... Write to your state officials at steve.waugh@senate.state.md.us [Sen. Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s)]; mark.fisher@house.state.md.us [Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert)]; ...

Hunters take aim at potential legislation February 6, 2015 Maryland, capitalgazette.com
... The 2014 Deer Population Management Report. that lists ideas to maintain and cull regional deer populations that may be out of control... Deer population has been declining for about a decade ... Hunters argue that compliance oversight on the DMP's could lead to "wholesale" harvesting of regional deer populations ... DNR also floated the ideas of commercial sale of venison ...

... on January 16, 2015 that four additional white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing the total number of overall positive cases to six. The deer, all male, were harvested in the CWD Management Area in Allegany County during the regular deer firearm season...

Argument over wounded deer leads to roadside shooting February 1, 2015 Maryland, Delmarva Now
...  he allegedly collided with the deer, then twice shot the man who police described as a good Samaritan that stopped at the scene of the collision... The deer lay wounded with two broken hind legs, but died at the scene...

6 Deer Test Positive for CWD in Maryland January 30, 2015 Maryland, Wide Open Spaces
... Chronic Wasting Disease has become firmly established in the region since it was initially found in West Virginia in 2005... Six out of 8,300 deer tested in Maryland since 1999 showed positive evidence of CWD ...

Maryland tests more wild deer infected with CWD January 23, 2015 Chambersburg Public Opinion
... more wild deer in Allegheny County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease... The first confirmed case of CWD in Maryland was reported in February 2011 and the second was found in 2014, both from Allegany County.

Six Deer Positive for CWD in Md. January 20, 2015 Maryland, WBOC TV 16
... Four more white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland have tested positive from chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... brings the total to six... harvested in the CWD Management Area in Allegany County ...

Ideas aimed at killing more Maryland deer January 18, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
...  Maryland’s estimated summertime deer population is 227,000. In 2002, that number was significantly higher at 295,000... With almost half of the deer in the state being killed it is no wonder that hunting season harvest numbers have dwindled robustly from 15 to 20 years ago ...

Md. deer biologist reacts to Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers' column January 15, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage 
... DNR makes decisions regarding deer seasons and bag limits largely based on annual female harvest and deer population estimates. The general rule is to harvest 30-35 percent of the female population to stabilize the herd, and over 40 percent to reduce it...

Fort Meade targets 1,000 deer January 15, 2015  Maryland, capitalgazette.com 
... The herd inside the fenced boundaries of the post has been growing since hunting was last permitted decades ago ... The operation will be conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture marksmen and will cost $73,877 [$739 per deer] ...

Drop in deer harvest during firearm season January 6, 2015 Maryland, My Eastern Shore MD
... According to preliminary data released by the state Department of Natural Resources, deer hunters in Maryland reported bagging 34,053 deer during the Nov. 29-Dec. 13 shotgun season. This is about 7 percent less than the 2013 total of 36,572... A total of 22,422 antlerless white-tailed deer were killed during the two-week firearm season — more than double the number of antlered white-tails (10,518). ...

Maryland Data:  About 220,000 deer in 2015 based on harvest data.  An estimated 227,000 deer prior to the 2014 hunting season.  The 8 percent decline in the 2014-15 season reflected lower populations in the south as a result of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), predation from the growing coyote population in the western mountains, and a good acorn crop which resulted in deer moving around less looking for food. Maryland’s deer population prior to the 2011-2012  hunting season was estimated at 233,000 deer, similar to the 2010-2011 estimate of 235,000.  The deer population peaked at about 295,000 in 2002.  Deer population down about 60 percent in Allegany County since 2001.  Antler restrictions limit hunter to no more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler.  In order to keep the population down, hunters took about twice as many does as bucks in 2014.  Peak of the rut is November 1 to Novembe 14.
     A proposed Antler Point Restriction on killing bucks was abandoned in 2013 in Garrett County because of low fawn survival.  Increased hunter participation and a poor acorn crop that had deer searching for food likely accounted for an increase in the 2013 harvest after a decline in 2012 related to the good acorn crop so deer searched for food less. Private land in Maryland typically has less hunting pressure than public land.  Harvest data  Antler restrictions were added in 2014 limiting the number of deer with two or fewer points that a hunter can take.  
     The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease was a buck taken in eastern Allegany County in 2010.  Since then a few more positive cases have been identified in the same area.  About 20 to 30 deer per square mile in the state's deer habitat.   During the 2014 firearms season, more than twice as many antlerless deer were killed than antlered (22,422 vs 10,518), a policy designed to reduce the deer population.  Maryland's deer population prior to the 2009-10 hunting season was estimated at [PDF] 231,000 deer, close to the 2008-09 estimate of 229,000.  Prior to the 2003-2004 deer hunting season, Maryland’s deer population was estimated at [PDF] 264,000.  In 2014 hunters took 86,883 deer, 27,053 antlered and 56,802 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,228 antlered and 1,800 antlerless sika deer.
     White-tailed deer were abundant in Maryland prior to European settlement.  Unregulated market hunting dramatically reduced the population during the 1700's and through the 1800's when wolf and mountain lions were exterminated from the state.  By the 1900's deer were found only in a few western areas.  As part of conservation efforts to restore the herd, some of these deer were trapped and relocated to other parts of the state.  This practice ended in the 1960's when it was thought the herds had become self sustainable. 
     Sika Deer About 10,000 in 2016 found along the coast.  A few Sika deer, originally from Japan, were released on James Island and on Assateague Island in the early 1900's and since have spread to lower Dorchester County and the Lower Shore. They live longer than white-tails and are found mostly in different habitat:  forested wetlands and marshes.
    

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