Maryland Deer Population and Management Archive - Maryland

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Maryland Deer Population and Management Archive

Annual Reported Deer Kill

1954 1,549

1994: 50,871

1999: 77,660

2000: 96,307

2001: 83,787

2002: 94,114

2003 87,223

2004: 93,868

2005: 94,052

2006: 91,930

2007: 92,208

2008: 100,437

2009: 100,663

2010: 98,663

2011: 98,029

2012: 87,541

2013: 95,863

2014: 86,883

2015: 84,022

2016: 85,193

2017: 86,542

2018: 77,382

2019: 79,457

2020: 81,729


Hunting Statistics


2014 population report


2003 population information


2021

Maryland Hunters Harvest 81,000 Deer during 2020-2021 Season February 16, 2021

Sika Deer, Creature Feature February 19, 2021 Maryland

2020

Deer Harvest up 16% during Maryland Firearms Season December 21, 2020 December 21, 2020

Maryland Hunters Harvest nearly 80,000 Deer during 2019-2020 Season February 13, 2020

Maryland Reports Early Deer Season 2020 Results December 2, 2020

2019

Deer in Montgomery County, by the numbers December 16, 2019 Maryland

Hunters Harvest 27,000 Deer During Firearms Season December 19, 2019 Maryland,

Maryland Hunters Harvest 77,000 Deer during 2018-2019 Season February 15, 2019

Why are Maryland deer hunting numbers down? February 25, 2019 Maryland

2018

Hunters Harvest 31,000 Deer During Firearms Season December 18, 2018 Maryland

Maryland Hunters Harvest 86,542 Deer in 2017-2018 Season February 15, 2018

Natural History: Centuries of Maryland conservation laws in one document December 20, 2018

Sika deer up or down at Blackwater? Depends who you ask April 3, 2018 Maryland

2017

Maryland Hunters Harvest 34,000 Deer during Firearm Season December 15, 2017

Maryland, 85,193 Deer Harvested During 2016-2017 Hunting Season February 16, 2017

2016

A 2016 Population estimate October 29, 2016 Maryland

Commissioners hear public comments on proposed rifle hunting February 12, 2016 Maryland

Deer hunting law debated with delegation Friday March 26, 2016 Maryland,

Deer poaching restitution bill becomes Md. law June 1, 2016 Maryland,

Embracing 9 of the Non-Native and Invasive Species that We Love to Hunt and Fish February 22, 2016 Maryland

For hunters, good news from Annapolis January 11, 2016 Maryland,

Maryland deer harvest declines 3 percent February 11, 2016

Md. wildlife officials are very conceiving January 28, 2016 Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly has passed a bill raising deer-poaching penalties to up to $10,000 April 8, 2016

The mating system of white‐tailed deer under Quality Deer Management MM Turner, CS Deperno, W Booth, EL Vargo… - … of Wildlife Management, 2016

2015

23,000 Deer Harvested in Maryland during Early Hunting Season November 18, 2015

Bad idea: Selling meat from Md.’s wild deer February 22, 2015 Maryland,

Biologist clarifies Md. deer harvest January 18, 2015 Maryland

Drop in deer harvest during firearm season January 6, 2015 Maryland

Fewer hunters in Kent, statewide report bagging deer during firearm season December 28, 2015 Maryland

Government sharpshooters kill 119 deer in Md. national park March 9, 2015 Maryland,

Hunters take aim at potential legislation February 6, 2015 Maryland

Hunting season should not include near full-term pregnant doe February 11, 2015 Maryland

Ideas aimed at killing more Maryland deer January 18, 2015 Maryland

Maryland Deer Archery Season to Open September 11 September 5, 2015

Md. deer biologist reacts to Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers' column January 15, 2015 Maryland,

Plan to increase Allegany County deer herd July 22, 2015 Maryland

2014

2013-14 Deer Season Results Released February 15, 2014 Maryland

A sika deer in full view June 29, 2014 Maryland

As blue law fades, Sunday hunting moves forward April 8, 2014 Maryland

As It Turns Out, Deer Munching on Plants is Good for the Environment April 11, 2014 Maryland

Bill Would Ease Deer Hunting In Montgomery County July 18, 2014 Maryland

Calvert's deer harvest rises dramatically February 15, 2014 Maryland

Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Area Closures. Deer Reduction Activities March 10, 2014 Maryland

County lawmakers want to join Sunday deer hunting bill February 8, 2014 Maryland,

Deer Archery Season to Open September 5 August 20, 2014 Maryland

Deer Baiting, House Bill 860 February 16, 2014 Maryland

Deer kill up in Allegany, but drops off in Garrett February 22, 2014 Maryland

Expanded Sunday Hunting Regulations Put On Hold September 23, 2014 Maryland

Firearm deer season opens today November 28, 2014 Maryland

How many deer on Green Ridge? April 12, 2014 Maryland

Hunting season puts venison on Maryland tables December 28, 2014 Maryland

Md. DNR backs off on expanded Sunday hunting September 5, 2014 Maryland

Muzzleloader Deer season to reopen December 20th December 6, 2014 Maryland

National Park Service OKs deer kill at Civil War battlefields September 23, 2014

NRP Charges Two Pennsylvania Hunters with Baiting Deer September 28, 2014 Maryland

Oh, deer GPS collar tracks one buck's intrepid journey December 18, 2014 Maryland

Only hunters could bait deer February 15, 2014 Maryland

Permits allow hunting on farmers’ fields to control crop-eating deer December 31, 2014 Maryland

Plan targeting 2,800 battlefield deer progresses August 1, 2014 Maryland

Plentiful acorns, erratic weather mean less opportunity for Harford deer hunters December 19, 2014 Maryland

Signs of a poor deer season are upon us December 9, 2014 Maryland

Sunday Hunting Expanded in Western Maryland May 21, 2014

USDA shooters kill 156 deer in 5th year of reduction program at Md.'s Catoctin Mountain Park April 4, 2014 Maryland

Western Maryland Sunday hunting challenged August 12, 2014

Western Maryland Sunday hunting expansion bills get blessing of governor May 15, 2014

Worcester Among Leaders In Deer Harvest December 30, 2014 Maryland

‘Deer Wars Bill’ awaits Md. governor’s signature April 27, 2014 Maryland

2013

2-week firearm deer harvest up from 2012 December 26, 2013 Maryland,

Beitzel shoots down 3-point deer bill March 11, 2013 Maryland

Deer are waiting but are hunters ready? November 19, 2013 Maryland

Deer co-op starts near Hancock July 28, 2013 Maryland

Deer harvests up compared with last year November 10, 2013 Maryland

Deer hunting: private vs. public lands November 24, 2013 Maryland

Deer tally from Md. firearm season up 2 percent December 19, 2013 Maryland

Early numbers are in for deer November 13, 2013 Maryland,

Learning to distinguish Delmarva's herds October 21, 2013 Maryland

Maryland two-week firearm deer season begins with excellent hunting weather November 29, 2013

Md.'s Firearm Deer Season Opens November 29, 2013 Maryland

Monocacy National Battlefield Deer Cull September 4, 2013 Maryland

Park Service Proposes Shooting Deer In Three National Battlefield Parks August 13, 2013 Maryland

Price increase for hunting licenses introduced in Md. February 9, 2013 Maryland,

Sika deer hunting at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland November 30, 2013

Survey asked Allegany, Garrett hunters about antler point restriction December 21, 2013 Maryland

Westover Hunter Finds Grisly Dead Deer Dumping Site December 7, 2013 Maryland

2012

Allegany County buck kill down 60 percent since 2001 December 22, 2012 Maryland

Cougars in Eastern Woods Give Many Pause January 17, 2012 Maryland

Deer firearm season begins Saturday in Maryland November 23, 2012

Deer harvest during firearm season drops in Kent, statewide December 26, 2012 Maryland

Deer hunting in Maryland is about to change March 18, 2012

Deer season opens today for gunners in Md. November 24, 2012 Maryland

DNR hears public, revises plan March 18, 2012 Maryland

DNR revises proposed hunting fees March 7, 2012 Maryland

Fewer deer taken in this year's two-week firearm hunting season December 15, 2012 Maryland

I think I smell numbers cooking January 18, 2012

Important hunting dates fast approaching August 5, 2012 Maryland

Maryland changing deer limits April 22, 2012

Maryland DNR releases results of 2011'12 deer hunting season February 10, 2012

Maryland encourages residents to create wildlife habitats June 10, 2012

Maryland hunting regulations ready for public review February 25, 2012

Md. Hunters Kill 98000 Deer February 8, 2012 Maryland

Number of deer taken in first week of firearm season down December 1, 2012 Maryland

Oh deer: farmers blame wildlife for crop losses April 30, 2012 Maryland

Proposed rise in fee has some hunters up in arms February 25, 2012 Maryland

Rules may change for Shore hunters March 10, 2012 Maryland

Understanding deer movement in farm country October 23, 2012 Maryland

2011

Calvert Prepares to Thin the Herd July 28, 2011 Maryland

Comment on the Deer Management Plan for Monocacy National Battlefield (by July 1) June 11. 2011 Maryland

Deer harvest up in Allegany, down in Garrett December 20, 2011 Maryland

Deer kill numbers up slightly on Shore December 14, 2011 Maryland

Deer killed by two dogs off leash at Great Falls December 10, 2011 Maryland

DNR has new regs to prevent spread of deer disease September 7, 2011

Feeding deer not illegal, Living with Wildlife October 11, 2011 Maryland Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Loch Raven needs rules, but not deer hunters June 28, 2011 Maryland

Maryland deer kill totals up slightly January 6, 2011

Road bias for deer density estimates at 2 national parks in Maryland September 22, 2011

Sharpshooters kill 192 deer at Maryland national park April 29, 2011

Sharpshooters take aim at more deer to reduce herd in Catoctin Mountain Park November 14, 2011 Maryland

Maryland White-tailed Deer Management Plan October, 2020