Weather helps deer hunters to strong open­ing weekend

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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.

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