Maryland Deer News
Md. DNR backs off on expanded Sunday hunting September 5, 2014 Maryland, Beaumont Enterprise 
... The Maryland Horse Council objected in August to the DNR's plan to implement the rules as "emergency regulations." The group requested a hearing before a legislative committee on whether the DNR's action was proper...

Antietam National Battlefield Deer Management Program  August, 2014 Maryland, Facebook 
... The NPS has released the final deer management plan for local civil war battlefields. http://www.nps.gov/anti/parknews/national-park-service-releases-final-deer-management-plan-for-three-washington-area-civil-war-battlefields.htm ...

Deer Archery Season to Open September 5 August 20, 2014 Maryland,  Southern Maryland News Net 
... New this year, in Region A hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, an antler point restriction institutes that a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. ..

Western Maryland Sunday hunting challenged August 12, 2014 Cumberland Times News Homepage
... The equine group is seeking a hearing before a joint committee of the General Assembly on whether the DNR properly added Sunday hunting opportunities this fall for white-tailed deer, other mammals and some game birds as an “emergency” provision, without a 30-day window for public comment...

Accokeek, Proposed Deer Management at Gardner Road Park August 7, 2014 Maryland, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
... PUBLIC COMMENT, go to the link above:  The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation encourages public comment on proposed public bow hunting for deer at Gardner Road Park. Public comments are currently being accepted. The public comment period will end September 1, 2014 at 4 pm. All public comments must include a full name and home address.
     The park will still remain open to the non-hunting public during the hunting season.  
A maximum of four hunters will be allowed each day. Each hunter must possess a valid Maryland hunting license ... proposed for public bow hunting for deer as part of the Department’s deer management program....

Downs on the Severn, Proposed deer cull divides community August 6, 2014 Maryland, capitalgazette.com
... The Downs on the Severn proposal would be the first in Maryland that would allow sharpshooters onto residents' private properties ... At least 51 percent of the community's homeowners will have to vote in favor of the culling proposal next month, either by proxy or at a community meeting ... Some residents are concerned the survey, which used bait, drew in deer from surrounding areas ...

Plan targeting 2,800 battlefield deer progresses August 1, 2014 Maryland, Washington Post
... The National Park Service tentatively approved a plan Friday that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees... Open for public comment until September 3

... The General Assembly this year passed its own version of a bill that cuts the distance archery hunters must be from occupied buildings to 100 yards from the previous 150...

A sika deer in full view June 29, 2014 Maryland, Delmarva Now
... They were originally released on James Island, at the mouth of the Little Choptank River, just over 100 years ago and spread from there to fill lower Dorchester County and much of the Lower Shore ... never hooked around to populate the northern side of the river ... there's a good chance I have two sika on the place. Happy day! ...

Too Many Deer? Try Birth Control (Op-Ed) June 7, 2014 Maryland, Live Science ·
... culls must occur year after year ... Each cull removes a high percentage of the population, but surviving female deer continue to reproduce, while outside deer move in to replace those culled.... after decades of research, scientists and animal advocates believe nonlethal methods to reduce the deer population are ready for widespread adoption. These include surgical sterilization and the contraceptive vaccine PZP ...

... "Frederick County was allowed to increase the days of Sunday hunting for deer only. In Washington, Garrett, and Allegany Counties, they increased the days for Sunday hunting but for deer, plus other game species that are allowed to be hunted in those counties," ...

... Gov. Martin O’Malley is giving his blessing to more Sunday hunting in Western Maryland despite opposition from birdwatchers and horseback riders...

Cumberland Times News Homepage
... a war against deer in Charles and St. Mary’s counties, a war that the deer and deer hunters will lose. The bill, with the intent to reduce crop damage, requires:  Department of Natural Resources to establish a program to train rifle shooters to kill deer (currently, shotguns are legal, but rifles are not in those counties)... “The impact of this bill will be devastating to the deer herd there,” ...

... These days, eight out of every 10 deer sighted by Wildlife Rescue volunteers around Feinberg’s house have already been sterilized. They will never get pregnant again. And, unlike deer who are killed, sterilized animals will continue to occupy their half-mile ranges, discouraging other deer from moving in. Given those kind of results, The HSUS—which uses innovation and technology to develop humane solutions to wildlife conflicts—has embraced sterilization as an option for reducing deer numbers...

How many deer on Green Ridge? April 12, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times-News
... 20 to 30 deer per square mile on the Green Ridge State Forest ... The study showed a ratio of three does for every buck and a ratio of one fawn for every two does...  the density of 20 to 30 deer per square mile found on the Green Ridge is about the same number found statewide ...

As It Turns Out, Deer Munching on Plants is Good for the Environment April 11, 2014 Maryland, Care2.com
... The latest study, published this month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B ... The researchers, a team from the Smithsonian, chose a Maryland forest as their setting and planted 140 3x3 plots of saplings ... After three years, the researchers discovered that the plots with higher diversity were the ones the deer had grazed. The researchers believe that the deer acted, in a sense, as instinctual gardeners...

As blue law fades, Sunday hunting moves forward April 8, 2014 Maryland, The Baltimore Sun
... hunting generally has been prohibited on Sundays in Maryland since the early 18th century ... In 2003, the General Assembly made it possible for some rural Maryland counties to allow Sunday hunting on private land... Steuart Pittman, who handles legislative matters for the Maryland Horse Council, says his organization's main concern is public safety during deer season.  "People who ride horses, hike, bird-watch, mountain-bike ... stay home when the hunters are out," ...

... The program has eliminated 968 deer ... The program aims to kill more than 2,000 deer over 15 years...

Our deer problem shows we take care of our trees too well March 26, 2014 Maryland, Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
 ... By preventing fires that eliminate these weeds and leaf and tree debris that have accumulated on the ground we have actually neglected the forest habitat because these fires are necessary to improve the soil and enable seeds to sprout and grow into new trees to replace the aging forest... When food supplies are limited, deer are forced to leave the wooded areas ...

Three deer break into Maryland school to escape from dogs March 11, 2014 Maryland, Examiner.com
 ... a German shepherd and Labrador retriever scared the deer who were desperately trying to escape when they broke through the glass ... either died or were euthanized...

... Deer herd reduction is being carried out by qualified federal employees on Tuesday and Wednesday March 11- 12, since public hunting is not permitted in Catoctin Mountain Park....

Deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease March 5, 2014 Maryland,  Cumberland Times News Homepage 
... The adult female deer was ... killed either in or very near the existing Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone in the county’s eastern portion ... The first confirmed case of CWD in Maryland was a buck reported in February 2011, also from Allegany County ...

Bay Ridge Deer cull February 25, 2014 Maryland, capitalgazette.com 
... Proponents justify the hunt with the belief that these hunters are sharpshooters, and use only the highest safety standards and precautionary measures. That justification was wrong.  During the same board meeting we were told these “sharp-shooters” were unable to kill a deer with one bullet. It took two to kill the animal. The deer not only suffered, but neighbors discovered its remains the next day...

Deer kill up in Allegany, but drops off in Garrett February 22, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times-News 
...  Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons from Sept. 6 through Jan. 31... 30,998 antlered and 62,164 antlerless white-tailed deer ...

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Deer Baiting, House Bill 860 February 16, 2014 Maryland,  WildlifeRescueInc
Update:  This bill was withdrawn in early March
...  This Wednesday there is a hearing on a Statewide House Bill (860) that will make it illegal for the 98% of all Marylanders who do not hunt to feed the deer. Even if you are feeding birds, squirrels, ducks or any other animals, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500.00 plus court costs since the deer eat a lot of the same food!  Hunters will be able to legally bait and feed deer to kill them. We will not be able to feed deer for non-lethal birth control projects. There is no other state in our country that has such a  law.  Most prohibit hunters from shooting deer over bait and feed.
     Delegate David Frazier-Hidalgo the main sponsor of the bill has stated that this bill is for neighbors to report neighbors who are feeding the deer.  So if you have a problem with a neighbor, they could just call the Natural Resources Police and say you are feeding the deer just to get even with you. The same Natural Resources Police who are very understaffed and cannot respond to much more serious violations like illegal hunting, poaching and trespassing. When asked if he had any data or evidence to justify his claim that this will help reduce the deer population, he did not. And since this bill cannot be enforced, all it will do is create major headaches for an already overburdened court system, so it needs to be pulled now.

2013-14 Deer Season Results Released February 15, 2014 Maryland,  smnewsnet.com
... Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 6, 2013 through January 31, 2014). 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...

Only hunters could bait deer February 15, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times-News 
... House Bill 860 that will make it illegal to feed deer in Maryland unless you are hunting them... Paul Peditto, director of the Wildlife & Heritage Service, said he anticipates the agency taking a neutral stance on the baiting bill... Fraser-Hidalgo said. “Deer help to spread Lyme disease [deer are immune to Lyme so don't carry the disease, research] ...

Calvert's deer harvest rises dramatically February 15, 2014 Maryland, Bay Net 
... “Our deer harvest rebounded to levels closer to what they were before last year’s significant decline,” stated Brian Eyler, DNR deer project leader. Eyler attributed the spike to more hunters, better weather conditions and deer actively searching for acorns...

County lawmakers want to join Sunday deer hunting bill February 8, 2014 Maryland, Frederick News-Post 
... A bill already in the Maryland General Assembly aims to allow deer hunting in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties on certain Sundays ... Representatives from the equestrian community also doubted Sunday hunting's effectiveness as a tactic for controlling deer counts... a public meeting scheduled for Monday at Winchester Hall...

Bay Ridge, Deer hunting in Bay Ridge reignites residents' concerns February 7, 2014 Maryland, capitalgazette.com 
... hunters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture begin “the final phase of the deer cull.” ... “This space which was once our sanctuary — it (now) just has a very different feel to it,” ... a Bay Ridge resident... In 2002, the Bay Ridge Civic Association bought 90 acres of neighborhood woodlands for $4.1 million.  The intention, according to the association’s website, was to preserve the natural area from development, banning “dumping, building, destroying wetlands, hunting ...

Maryland Data:  An estimated 220,000 deer.  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 24 was about 300,000.  Deer population down about 60 percent in Allegany Counyy since 2001.  A proposed Anttler 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
     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.  They live longer than white-tails and are found mostly in different habitat:  forested wetlands and marshes.

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