Maryland Deer News
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 ...

Solve deer overpopulation with a more humane method [Letter] January 31, 2014 Maryland, Baltimore Sun 
... Try to imagine then how I felt when told by a park employee that the park would close at 3 p.m. so deer could be shot. I have always looked for deer when in the park because it is such a joy to see them...

... House Bill 197, introduced by Del. Bob Costa, R-Deale, could result in Sunday deer hunting in Anne Arundel County to further cull the growing population of white-tailed deer ... 

Deer removal all in a day’s work for SHA crew January 26, 2014 Maryland, Cumberland Times-News 
... State Farm Insurance estimates there are at least 30,000 times each year that a vehicle driven in Maryland strikes a deer, according to Brian Eyler of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service...  it is legal to possess a road-killed deer ... Many struck deer go uncounted, Eyler said, either wandering into the nearby woods or fields where they succumb or survive...

     Many people in Prince George’s County enjoy watching white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and consider this wildlife species a valuable part of nature... Suburban areas with numerous lawns adjoining to patches of forests provide great deer habitat. In addition to favorable habitat in Prince George’s County ...  The recommended deer density is 20 deer per square mile.  Park properties that are estimated to have significantly higher deer densities than what is recommended are considered for deer management. [optimal deer density is estimated at up to 28 per square mile with forest regeneration at much higher levels] ...
    The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation will conduct Park Police-based sharpshooting on select park properties.  The sharpshooting program will be implemented from January 1 – March 31....

2-week firearm deer harvest up from 2012 December 26, 2013 Maryland, Los Angeles Times 
... Hunters reported killing 36,942 deer during the statewide, two-week firearm deer season, which ended Dec. 14, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said. This harvest represents a 2 percent increase compared with the 36,127 deer killed during the 2012 season... 

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Firearm Deer Season to Reopen in Region B December 22, 2013 Maryland, smnewsnet.com 
... Maryland’s firearm deer season reopens for white-tailed and sika deer on Friday, January 10 in Deer Management Region B only... Bag limits:  One antlered white-tailed deer statewide; and Ten antlerless white-tailed deer...

Survey asked Allegany, Garrett hunters about antler point restriction December 21, 2013 Maryland, Cumberland Times-News
... The survey found support for antler restrictions from 56 percent of deer hunters living in Garrett County, 65 percent in Allegany County, and 69 percent by those who reside elsewhere in the state but hunt deer in one of the two western counties. There was notably less support for antler restrictions when landowners were surveyed, as only 40 percent in Garrett County and 41 percent in Allegany supported mandatory antler restrictions...

Deer tally from Md. firearm season up 2 percent December 19, 2013 Maryland, Washington Post
... The agency reported a preliminary tally Thursday of nearly 37,000. That’s up from just over 36,000 in 2012...

St. Mary’s College studies economics of deer collisions December 18, 2013 Maryland, Maryland Community Newspapers Online 
... One question asked residents their opinion of a one-time tax on county households to fund a deer-fencing project...  t based on the 200 responses, households said they would be willing to pay $28.31 to fund the theoretical project... the class statistically analyzed the survey data and concluded that residents placed an estimated $1 million value on the proposal...

... You can see the hooves of a dead deer sticking out of the grass. The deer weren't harvested. They seem to be shot and left to rot. ..

Montgomery delegate’s bill would add lands to deer hunting December 4, 2013 Maryland, Maryland Community Newspapers Online 
... Del. Eric Luedtke again has proposed a local bill to shrink the safety zone around Montgomery County buildings from 150 yards to 50 yards for bow hunters...

... Originally native to Eastern Asia, the sika Deer was first introduced into the eastern United States as an ornamental animal meant to roam parklands, but has since thrived ... smaller and darker than the commonly seen whitetail deer reside in thick marshes ... 

... The 2012-13 deer harvest from the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons was down by about 11 percent from 2011-12, falling from 98,029 to 87,541, according to the Maryland Annual Deer report.... The report predicted “the harvest will remain lower for the foreseeable future,” due, in part, to the high numbers harvested in recent years...

Md.'s Firearm Deer Season Opens November 29, 2013 Maryland,  NBC Washington
... Maryland's total deer harvest last year dropped below 90,000 for the first time in a decade...

Deer hunting: private vs. public lands November 24, 2013 Maryland, Frederick News-Post 
... Frederick County leads all other Maryland counties in total number of harvested deer reported with 7,634 of the 87,541 deer harvested in Maryland during the combined deer hunting seasons for 2012-2013.  Most of the deer taken in Frederick County each fall are harvested on private land... Private lands typically have less hunting pressure than public lands... Baiting deer is legal on private land ...

Deer are waiting but are hunters ready? November 19, 2013 Maryland, Carroll County Online 
... According to statistics provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, annual purchases of regular residential hunting licenses — which include deer and a small amount of turkey and squirrel hunting — have declined from 91,524 in 2003, to 77,488 in 2012... 

Early numbers are in for deer November 13, 2013 Maryland, Maryland Community Newspapers Online
... According to just-released figures from Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, 28,023 deer were killed during the early muzzleloader and archery seasons during September and October compared to only 22,283 from this same time last year ... 15,436 deer were taken during the early part of the archery season (9,780 with vertical bows and 5,656 with crossbows), while 12,436 were checked in during the muzzleloader season  ...

Deer harvests up compared with last year November 10, 2013 Maryland, Baltimore Sun
.. 28,023 deer during September and October — 26 percent higher than last year's below-average harvest of 22,283 for the period.  Last year's low harvest was attributable to an abundant acorn crop, which resulted in deer moving less in search of food ...

Learning to distinguish Delmarva's herds October 21, 2013 Maryland, Delmarva Now
... [Two types of deer in Maryland] :  The white-tailed deer is generally larger — bucks can grow up to 300 pounds — and has a reddish-brown coat during the summer and a gray-brown coat in the winter. The name is derived from the distinctive patch of white fur under its tail. Sika deer tend to be smaller than the white-tailed deer, with males only growing up to 90 pounds. Unlike white-tail deer, which lose the spots on their fur when they reach adulthood, Sika deer keep their distinctive white spots throughout their lifetime...

Pasadena, Managed deer hunt starts Wednesday in Pasadena natural area October 15, 2013, Maryland, CapitalGazette.com
...  A series of deer hunts designed to control the size of the herd at Anne Arundel County natural preserves and sanctuaries will take place Wednesday morning in Pasadena...


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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. Deer population down about 60 percent around Allegany Coungy since 2001.  A proposed Anttler Point Restriction on killing bucks was abandoned in 2013 in Garrett County because of low fawn survival.  Overall an approximately stable population. 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.  Harvest data

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