Maryland deer hunters enjoyed the fourth highest harvest on record during the 2011-2012 hunting season. In Maryland, hunters harvested a total of 98,029 deer during the state's bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons.
The total is just below last year’s harvest of 98,663 deer. The antlered harvest increased 3 percent, while the antlerless harvest declined by the same percentage. In Maryland, 2,657 sika deer were harvested statewide; a 4 percent decrease from last year’s total for this species.
In Deer Management Region A (Garrett, Allegany, and western Washington counties) hunters reported taking 10,358 deer this year, up 11 percent from 2010-11.
The reported harvest in the remainder of the State, Region B, declined 2 percent to 87,671 deer this year.
Frederick County once again led the harvest totals for the State with 8,378 deer, followed by Baltimore County with 6,804 and Washington County with 6,753 deer.
Sunday deer hunting contributed to deer harvests in Maryland. The Junior Deer Hunt, traditionally held on a Saturday, included the following Sunday in 20 of 23 counties for the first time this year. Sunday hunting accounted for a total of 6,278 deer, 6 percent of the 2011-12 harvest.
source: MD DNR