The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that hunters harvested 16,281 deer during the first part of the archery and muzzleloading seasons. The harvest was down 17% from last year’s official harvest of 19,616 deer for the same period.

The decline in early season harvests has been attributed to multiple factors, including hot weather during the early part of the archery season, abundant natural food resources which slowed deer movements and some lingering effects. of a epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in some counties in Region B last year. EHD occurs annually in Maryland and has no lasting effects on the deer population, nor harmful to humans.

The two-month harvest included 9,483 deer captured during the archery season and 6,719 harvested during the October mouth-loading season. Another 79 deer have been reported during managed hunts. Archery harvest decreased 30% while archery harvest increased 11% from the previous year. The hunters collected 1,208 sika deer in total.

Hunters harvested 879 deer on Sundays open for archery hunting during the period, representing 9% of the total archery harvest.

Maryland Early Season Deer Harvest, September 10 to October 31, 2021
wood Without wood Total
2021 2020 % Switch 2021 2020 % Switch 2021 2020 % Switch
Allegania 399 439 -9.1 336 331 1.5 735 770 -4.5
Anne Arundel 206 190 8.4 281 370 -24.1 487 560 -13.0
Baltimore 480 512 -6.3 822 1 226 -33.0 1,302 1738 -25.1
Calvert 175 113 54.9 216 240 -10.0 391 353 10.8
Caroline 178 157 13.4 222 342 -35.1 400 499 -19.8
Carroll 414 462 -10.4 724 1,012 -28.5 1 138 1 474 -22.8
Cecile 278 329 -15.5 480 661 -27.4 758 990 -23.4
Charles 225 251 -10.4 255 329 -22.5 480 580 -17.2
Dorchester
white tail 153 114 34.2 200 206 -2.9 353 320 10.3
sika 528 534 -1.1 548 584 -6.2 1,076 1,118 -3.8
Frederick 544 537 1.3 758 1,060 -28.5 1,302 1,597 -18.5
Garrett 619 705 -12.2 412 527 -21.8 1,031 1 232 -16.3
Harford 338 347 -2.6 506 709 -28.6 844 1,056 -20.1
Howard 208 213 -2.3 385 517 -25.5 593 730 -18.8
Kent 264 233 13.3 314 396 -20.7 578 629 -8.1
Montgomery 296 331 -10.6 553 841 -34.2 849 1,172 -27.6
that of prince george 195 154 26.6 238 265 -10.2 433 419 3.3
that of Queen Anne 240 190 26.3 330 437 -24.5 570 627 -9.1
Sainte Marie 186 212 -12.3 234 399 -41.4 420 611 -31.3
Somerset
white tail 108 113 -4.4 203 226 -10.2 311 339 -8.3
sika 4 4 * 2 4 * 6 8 *
Talbot 152 149 2.0 185 263 -29.7 337 412 -18.2
Washington 398 467 -14.8 463 732 -36.7 861 1 199 -28.2
Wicomico
white tail 166 183 -9.3 295 392 -24.7 461 575 -19.8
sika 56 30 * 39 34 * 95 64 *
Worcester
white tail 170 160 6.3 269 337 -20.2 439 four hundred ninety seven -11.7
sika 16 19 * 15 28 * 31 47 *
Total 6,996 7,148 -2.1 9 285 12,468 -25.5 16 281 19,616 -17.0
* Small sample size