According to preliminary data from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland hunters reported taking 36,088 deer during the 2012 firearm deer season.
The two-week firearm harvest included:
12,329 antlered and 22,721 antlerless white-tailed deer
451 antlered and 587 antlerless sika deer
The harvest was 13 percent lower than the 2011 firearm season, when 41,421 deer were taken. Bad weather on key hunting days and an abundance of acorns were cited by DNR as being possible factors in the reduced harvest.
In Maryland, some hunters are speculating that deer populations could be impacted by diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).