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

February 17, 2019

Sunday Hunting Accounts for More than Ten Percent of Total Harvest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that deer hunters harvested 77,382 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 7, 2018, through Jan. 31, 2019.

The statewide harvest included 29,699 antlered and 44,249 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,609 antlered and 1,825 antlerless sika deer. The harvest was 11 percent lower than the 2017-2018 total of 86,542 deer, as multiple rain and ice events on key Saturdays limited success for hunters this season.

Although the total harvest was down, the number of antlerless deer taken this year represented 60 percent of the overall harvest. Also, the statewide harvest of button bucks was down 25 percent this year, an important outcome for future buck hunting opportunities in Maryland.

“Poor weather dampened success on prime Saturdays, especially during the firearms season this year,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “However, the addition of Sunday hunting in several counties offered an alternative day to effectively fill the gap for hunters and farmers who are often limited to weekend hunting days only. Nearly 8,500 deer were taken on Sundays this season, up nearly 20 percent from prior year Sunday hunt totals.”

The harvest in deer management Region A (Western Maryland) decreased three percent, from 10,003 deer last year to 9,705 this year. Hunters in these counties reported 5,608 antlered and 4,097 antlerless deer.

Hunters in Region B — the remainder of the state — harvested 67,677 deer, down 12 percent from 76,539 deer harvested last year. A total of 25,700 antlered and 41,977 antlerless deer were reported in this region.

Frederick County led the harvest totals again this year with 6,545 deer, followed by Carroll County with 5,421 and Garrett County at 4,973. Washington and Baltimore counties rounded out the top five with 4,620 and 4,604 deer, respectively.

Maryland Reported Antlered and Antlerless Deer Harvest for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Hunting Seasons
Antlered Antlerless Total
County 2017-18 2018-19 % Change 2017-18 2018-19 % Change 2017-18 2018-19 % Change
Allegany 2,078 2,017 -2.9 1,283 1,444 12.5 3,361 3,461 3.0
Anne Arundel 978 920 -5.9 2,001 1,562 -21.9 2,979 2,482 -16.7
Baltimore 1,754 1,641 -6.4 3,805 2,963 -22.1 5,559 4,604 -17.2
Calvert 558 614 10.0 1,130 947 -16.2 1,688 1,561 -7.5
Caroline
    whitetail 756 829 9.7 1,824 1,727 -5.3 2,580 2,556 -0.9
    sika 1 0 * 1 1 * 2 1 *
Carroll 2,116 2,197 3.8 3,780 3,224 -14.7 5,896 5,421 -8.1
Cecil 1,261 1,237 -1.9 2,442 2,269 -7.1 3,703 3,506 -5.3
Charles 1,166 1,031 -11.6 2,246 1,328 -40.9 3,412 2,359 -30.9
Dorchester
    whitetail 678 734 8.3 1,482 1,161 -21.7 2,160 1,895 -12.3
    sika 1,306 1,466 12.3 1,622 1,712 5.5 2,928 3,178 8.5
Frederick 2,666 2,692 1.0 4,688 3,853 -17.8 7,354 6,545 -11.0
Garrett 3,335 2,827 -15.2 2,014 2,146 6.6 5,349 4,973 -7.0
Harford 1,211 1,145 -5.5 2,466 2,165 -12.2 3,677 3,310 -10.0
Howard 738 741 0.4 1,689 1,286 -23.9 2,427 2,027 -16.5
Kent 1,156 1,144 -1.0 2,270 1,949 -14.1 3,426 3,093 -9.7
Montgomery 1,457 1,378 -5.4 3,326 2,507 -24.6 4,783 3,885 -18.8
Prince George’s 828 799 -3.5 1,560 1,263 -19.0 2,388 2,062 -13.7
Queen Anne’s 1,189 1,133 -4.7 2,701 2,060 -23.7 3,890 3,193 -17.9
Saint Mary’s 845 740 -12.4 1,847 1,137 -38.4 2,692 1,877 -30.3
Somerset
    whitetail 649 746 14.9 1,540 1,292 -16.1 2,189 2,038 -6.9
    sika 2 11 * 7 5 * 9 16 *
Talbot 671 784 16.8 1,830 1,535 -16.1 2,501 2,319 -7.3
Washington 2,135 2,166 1.5 2,458 2,454 -0.2 4,593 4,620 0.6
Wicomico
    whitetail 952 1,036 8.8 2,275 1,819 -20.0 3,227 2,855 -11.5
    sika 85 110 * 83 81 * 168 191 *
Worcester
    whitetail 1,070 1,148 7.3 2,478 2,158 -12.9 3,548 3,306 -6.8
    sika 29 22 * 24 26 * 53 48 *
Total 31,670 31,308 -1.1 54,872 46,074 -16.0 86,542 77,382 -10.6
*Small sample size

11 Responses to Maryland Hunters Harvest 77,000 Deer during 2018-2019 Season

  1. Charles on February 17, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Talk about a Nascar distraction…lol

  2. Slink on February 17, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Cant believe there is anywhere to hunt in Howard and PG

  3. Mike on February 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    77 thousand off the roads and into the freezer. Thanks Hunters, a grateful biker.

  4. It's Me on February 18, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Open Sundays to hunting…period. MD is holding out for what? Many of us get our religion in a ‘live oak church’. Think of the increased state revenue!

    • Charles on February 18, 2019 at 6:37 pm

      Think of all the hicks and hillbillies running around on Sundays…if I want to see that I’ll go to a Walmart

      • Cap'n Obvious on February 20, 2019 at 12:02 pm

        You would 1st need to leave your mom’s basement, Charles.

        • Charles on February 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm

          Talk about a high school maturity level

      • The truth on February 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm

        I know plenty of white collared people who hunt.

        • Charles on February 20, 2019 at 4:41 pm

          And what do you want, a cookie?

          • Anonymous on February 22, 2019 at 10:26 am

            “Talk about a high school maturity level…”

            I know I heard that somewhere before.

  5. Karen on February 21, 2019 at 11:15 am

    The category for “Hit/Dead in the Road” is missing.