Survey Shows Marylanders Support Deer Hunting

December 10, 2018

Public Input Helps Inform Deer Management Plan

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the results of a public opinion survey, done in cooperation with the University of Delaware and Responsive Management on white-tailed deer.

The telephone survey covered a range of topics and will be used to support revision of the department’s deer management plan.

The survey, taken by more than 2,200 individuals representing the general population, landowners and hunters, found that a majority like deer, but a significant proportion of the population are concerned with the negative impacts deer cause.

More than 70 percent of those surveyed think that deer should be hunted to help manage for a healthy population and over half of those surveyed think the department does a good job conserving and managing the deer population.

“White-tailed deer are one of Maryland’s most prominent wildlife species and can be one of the most controversial species to manage,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Having current information on how the public perceives white-tailed deer and the department’s management of them is essential to crafting an accurate and thorough plan for the coming decades.”

Of the landowners surveyed, more than 75 reported that they had experienced deer damage to agricultural crops. Approximately half of the landowners surveyed reported that damage is increasing. Landowners are most likely to use hunting to help manage and mitigate the damage.

More than 70 percent of hunters surveyed indicated their satisfaction with deer hunting in Maryland has increased or remained the same over the past 10 years. They reported they like to hunt primarily for food, but also for recreation, camaraderie and to help control deer numbers. The majority of hunters reported deer hunting on Sundays and 90 percent of those who hunt deer on Sundays indicated it was important to their success.

The survey also found that only 16 percent of the general population has encountered a deer hunter while they have been outdoors recreating during the past five years. Of those who have encountered deer hunters, only 2 percent indicated the encounter as negative. The majority of non-hunters surveyed indicated that deer season does not cause them to alter their outdoor recreation either on Sundays or other days.

21 Responses to Survey Shows Marylanders Support Deer Hunting

  1. Charles on December 10, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Maybe the lifted truck driving Nascar fans…lol

    • I like big trucks, I cannot lie! on December 11, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Aw Chuck…do the big pickups scare you?

      • Charles on December 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

        Not really, I just laugh because I know they are overcompensating

        • I like big trucks, I cannot lie! on December 13, 2018 at 10:37 am

          Of course you would…that’s what comes to your mind 1st!

          Mine’s jacked so I am able to get further away from jokers like you.

          • Charles on December 13, 2018 at 11:08 am

            And my point has been proven. Compensation at its finest.

          • Keep on Truckin' on December 13, 2018 at 4:15 pm

            Chuck, that ^^^was a fail…

          • Charles on December 14, 2018 at 6:37 am

            No it wasn’t, you’re a simple minded redneck in compensation denial.

        • I like big trucks, I cannot lie! on December 14, 2018 at 5:50 pm

          Simple minded…you obviously have no idea the skill level and thought process one must have to correctly & safely install a suspension lift. Nope. Not compensating for anything. Just owning/ operating a purpose built vehicle…when I am not working at my six figure salaried job…


          • Mo ron on December 16, 2018 at 5:22 pm

            Everyone in this county makes six figures. Lol. U throw that out like it’s big bucks

          • You ARE a Mo ron on December 18, 2018 at 8:33 am

            “…Everyone in this county makes six figures. Lol. U throw that out like it’s big bucks”

            Uhh…no. they don’t. Less than half do.

    • JimmyV on December 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Typical Liberal Pansy

      • Charles on December 12, 2018 at 8:13 am

        Typical idiot bringing politics into the comments

  2. Crazy on December 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Out west we hunted on 19,000 acres and it was about 30 of us on the lease. Very hard to find land around here to hunt.

    • jimmy The Geek on December 11, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Well maybe you should leave this great state and go back to where you came from.

    • Anonymous on December 11, 2018 at 7:45 am

      You must not be looking very hard. There’s at least 20,000 acres of DNR land in southern MD open to public hunting.
      Don’t compare hunting in the eastern US to the western US. Land use and ownership is completely different. If you want large tracts of land with low population density then go back out west.

      • Deer Slayer on December 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        Bit more difficult to spot light a buck on public lands.

      • Cleon on December 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm

        how is ownership different? Is it better or worse here?

        • Anonymous on December 12, 2018 at 8:18 am

          The majority of states east of the Mississippi River are dominated by private land ownership. Maryland is only 7.6% public land. States in the west are largely owned by public federal and state agencies (USFS, BLM, BIA, NPS…)

  3. Deer Hunter and Processor on December 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Open the season up for more of the year and all Sundays for bowhunters

    • Anonymous on December 11, 2018 at 7:51 am

      The deer season is already 5 months long, how much longer do you need? Maybe DNR should reduce the ridiculous regulation and over-complication during those 5 months. They shouldn’t need to publish a 68 page magazine every year. The deer doesn’t care what its getting shot by. Stop giving bowhunters preferential treatment. Especially when most of them are using crossbows that might as well be a firearm anyway.

    • Little Muzzy on December 11, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Why Sundays to just bow hunters? Show the Muzzleloaders some love!