Weather helps deer hunters to strong opening weekend
Deer hunters in Maryland took significantly more deer on the opening weekend of the 2016 firearm season than last year. Hunters reported harvesting 13,488 deer across the state on Saturday and Sunday, the first days of the two-week firearm season for deer, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday. That’s up 24 percent from the 10,859 deer culled on the first weekend of the 2015 season. DNR attributed the strong opening to deer season to favorable weather. “Windy conditions Saturday may have slowed the harvest slightly, but hunters took advantage of better weather conditions Sunday to post a strong overall harvest for the opening weekend,” said Paul Peditto, director of DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service, in a statement.