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Maryland Reported Deer Harvest for the Archery, Firearm and
Muzzleloader Seasons, 2008-2009 through 2017-2018
Figure 1
Maryland Reported Deer Harvest for the Archery,
Firearm, and Muzzleloader Seasons, 2008-2009
thr ugh 2017-2018
Figure 3
Maryland Reported Button Buck and Doe Harvest,
2008-2009 through 2017-2018
Figure 4
Maryland Reported Crossbow and Vertical Bow
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deer for every 12-13 days of effort.
As mentioned in prior reports
and above, warm weather, bait
and mast availability (primarily
acorns) can alter deer movements
significantly. Many deer hunters
find that they observe numerous
deer on their trail cameras, but
more (especially adult bucks) are
photographed at night than dur-
ing legal shooting hours. This is
probably more common in states
such as Maryland, where deer
baiting is allowed. Ample food in
the form of bait and acorns, com-
bined with milder weather, re-
duces overall deer movement and
increases nocturnal activity. These
changed movements make it ap-
pear as though there are fewer
deer in the population than there
really are and they negatively im-
pact the harvest.
The Department of Natural Re-
sources is committed to wise-
ly managing Maryland’s deer
population to ensure it is nei-
ther over-exploited nor under-
exploited. Hunting seasons and
bag limits will be adjusted, as
needed, to ensure the popula-
tion remains healthy. The depart-
ment thanks all deer hunters in
Maryland for their continued
interest in deer hunting and con-
tributing to the effective man-
agement of the deer population
for all citizens of the state.
2017-2018 Season Recap
The 2017-2018 deer harvest in-
creased approximately two per-
cent from 85,193 in 2016-2017 to
86,542 this season. The harvest
was approximately two percent
below the previous five-year aver-
age of 87,900 deer. The overall har-
vest included 83,382 white-tailed
deer (30,247 antlered and 53,135
antlerless) and 3,160 sika deer
(1,423 antlered and 1,737 antler-
less). The whitetail antlered har-
vest increased four percent and
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