Maryland hunters harvested considerably more turkey and deer compared to this time last year due largely to overall better hunting conditions.
Hunters wrapped up the early portions of the archery and muzzleloader deer seasons by harvesting an estimated 28,023 deer during September and October ─ 26 percent higher than last year’s below average harvest of 22,283 for this period. Last year’s low harvest was due to an abundant acorn crop, which resulted in deer moving less in search of food.
Compared to last year, the antlered harvest increased 14 percent from 7,552 deer to 8,588, and the antlerless harvest rose 32 percent from 14,731 to 19,435 deer. Included in the totals were 453 antlered and 477 antlerless sika deer.
The two month harvest includes 15,436 deer taken during the archery season (9,780 with vertical bows and 5,656 taken with crossbows), and 12,375 deer harvested during the October muzzleloader season. An additional 212 deer were reported during managed deer hunts.
Turkey hunters reported harvesting 157 wild turkeys during the one week fall season that ended on November 2. The harvest was slightly below the 10-year average but was 41 percent higher than that of 2012, when Superstorm Sandy greatly curtailed hunting opportunities. Fall turkey hunting ─ permitted only in the three westernmost counties ─ resulted in Garrett County reporting the highest harvest with 59 turkeys, followed by Allegany with 56, and Washington at 42.
Hunters with any questions may contact the Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.