Maryland Deer News

... 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). ...

... farmers with crop loss or damage can contact their county Department of Natural Resources representative who sends a technologist or a biologist to evaluate the property... Each permit allows for a certain number of deer to be killed based on the department’s assessment... 

Worcester Among Leaders In Deer Harvest December 30, 2014 Maryland, The Dispatch
... Maryland hunters took over 34,000 deer during the popular two-week firearm season ...  total harvest was down about seven percent compared to last year’s two-week total of 36,572 total deer harvested, a decline blamed largely on significant rain and wind ...

Hunting season puts venison on Maryland tables December 28, 2014 Maryland, Cecil Whig
 ... From the 2009-10 hunting season, when 100,663 were killed, until 2012-13, the number of deer harvested declined every year. In 2013-14, 95,863 deer were harvested — nearly 10,000 more than the previous season...

...  the research institute immediately understood the procedure’s potential ... surgical sterilization seems to be gaining popularity ... A recent experiment in sterilizing deer at Cornell University — using tubal ligation — backfired when the reduced birthrate was offset by randy males moving onto campus... Under the spaying technique in use at the NIH, females don’t go into heat at all...

... "Whenever we have a good acorn year, our deer harvest drops because deer do not move as much in search of food... the harvest is down about 12 percent right now," " Brian Eyler, deer project leader ... Natural resources officials estimated a deer population of 227,000 when the 2014 deer hunting season began in September... 

Permits Allow Hunting on Md. Farmers' Fields to Control Crop-Eating Deer December 18, 2014 Maryland, Southern Maryland Online
... Based on the acreage, crops, damage, and the status of surrounding farms, the department issues a certain number of permits to the farmer... “Permits are for antlerless deer only,” ... Does are the primary targets for deer management because removing one doe essentially eliminates three deer for the next year ...

Oh, deer GPS collar tracks one buck's intrepid journey December 18, 2014 Maryland, DC Military
... “The last GPS point we have on the St. Mary’s County side is at 8 p.m.,” Swift said. “The next point shows up at 10 p.m. in Calvert County. Sometime between those two hours, that buck swam 1.5 miles across the Patuxent River.”  Once on the other side, the deer moved through Jefferson Patterson Park and trekked over to Calvert Cliffs, where he spent the rutting season...

Signs of a poor deer season are upon us December 9, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... the Allegany County harvest from the early muzzleloader season and from the bow season through the end of October was down 18 percent...

Muzzleloader Deer season to reopen December 20th December 6, 2014 Maryland, Bay Net
... new this year, an antler point restriction has been established for white-tailed deer hunting... hunters may harvest up to two antlered deer with two or fewer points on each antler. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler...

NIH Embarks on Deer Management Plan December 5, 2014 Maryland, NIH Record
... For many NIH [National Institute of Health] employees, the presence of white-tailed deer on the Bethesda campus is a welcome sight, offering a rural feel in our otherwise urban setting ... “After looking at all options ... Over the next 4 years, starting this month, trained doctoral deer population control experts, in coordination with NIH veterinary staff, will anesthetize and neuter adult females ...

Maryland Firearm Deer Season Opens November 29, 2014 NBC Washington 4
... hunters using modern firearms accounted for 46 percent of all deer taken in 2013-14... 

Firearm deer season opens today  November 28, 2014 Maryland,  heraldmailmedia.com 
...  two-week firearm deer season opens today as more than 40,000 hunters are expected head into the woods and get situated in tree stands ... bag limits this season include:  Statewide — One antlered white-tailed deer ...

In a 10-second season, better hurry up November 15, 2014 Maryland,  Delmarva Now 
... How long does deer season last in Maryland? Two weeks and a weekend for rifle hunters. A bit over three weeks for black powder fans. Nearly five months for archers...

Fort Washington, Deer control program to begin in two Fort Washington parks November 13, 2014 Maryland, Gazette Net 
... Maryland-National Capital Park Police officers will begin nighttime sharpshooting efforts in three parks, including two in Fort Washington, in January...

Comfort Zone: Smaller Than the Safety Zone November 5, 2014 Maryland, Virginia Connection Newspapers
... the Montgomery County Council voted to reduce the “safety zone” for archery hunting from 150 to 100 yards from "a dwelling house, residence ... Deer are not great travelers; most deer will live their entire life within an area about one square mile in size...

Chronic wasting disease holding steady in Md. deer October 8, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage 
... The number of Allegany County deer positively identified to have chronic wasting disease is holding at two... when they get a photo of a sick-looking deer ... The agency may be contacted in Cumberland at 301-777-2136.

NRP Charges Two Pennsylvania Hunters with Baiting Deer September 28, 2014 Maryland, newstweeters.com
... Two Pennsylvania men were charged today with illegal deer hunting on state land in Washington County, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported... In addition to the baiting charge, the hunters were issued warnings for having permanent tree stands and blinds in a Wildlife Management Area... If found guilty, each hunter faces a maximum fine of $1,500...

Hagerstown, Albino deer dead; case investigated September 27, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... They found the boys and the dead deer at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Thomson says the officers have confiscated two compound bows and two crossbows...

Montgomery County Parks to Close for Deer Hunts September 26, 2014 Maryland, Patch
... . Beginning Oct. 28, several parks will be closed intermittently for Montgomery Parks’ annual deer management …  “In eighteen years of operations, and having harvested 13,000 deer ... The booming deer population  ... Comments can be made through to Oct. 29 via email to MCP-deermanagement@montgomeryparks.org. 

HHS Seeks Birth Control... For Deer September 25, 2014 Maryland,  Townhall.com 
... The NIH site in Maryland is a 500-acre research facility ... overrun with deer; in this case, overrun means an estimated population of thirty to forty... NIH is seeking a solution and seems to have settled upon birth control: specifically, ovariectomies.  Apparently thinking long-term, NIH is not looking for a contractor simply to perform the initial work, but one that can train NIH veterinary staff to perform the operations in the future: ...

... The National Park Service is giving its approval to a plan that would have government sharpshooters kill more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years...

Police investigate killing of an albino deer at a Hagerstown cemetery September 23, 2014 Maryland, Herald-Mail Media
... The deer was shot and killed with what appears to have been a bow and arrow at Rose Hill Cemetery at night ... Nardi said that deer are among the main draws to the cemetery.  "So many people come out here in the early morning hours and later in the evening just to see the deer," ...

Expanded Sunday Hunting Regulations Put On Hold September 23, 2014 Maryland, 930 WFMD Free Talk
... The Department of Natural Resources says a request for a hearing could mean that the new regulations won't take affect until December 22nd. But the agency says it will take public comment on the proposals through November 3rd... 

Maryland Data:  An estimated 227,000 deer prior to the 2014 hunting season.  The 9 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.  A recent peak in the deer population around 2008 was about 300,000.  Deer population down about 60 percent in Allegany County since 2001.  
     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 Allegany County in 2011. About 20 to 30 dear 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. 
     About 6 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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