Cecil hunters report increase in deer harvest during first weekend
— Deer hunters in Cecil County were on target last weekend as this year’s firearms deer season got under way, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
On Saturday and Sunday, 482 whitetailed deer were bagged in Cecil County while across the state, 13,032 deer were bagged. County hunters found more success Saturday, with 336 deer harvested. On both days, the antlerless count was higher, with 197 taken on Saturday and 95 taken on Sunday.
Statewide, the numbers indicate a 24 percent increase over last year’s first weekend totals when 10,403 white tails were bagged.
“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, wildlife
and heritage service director.
Cecil County is part of Region B, where the numbers increased from 3,878 last year to 5,049 for antlered deer. The antlerless deer count rose from 5,834 to 7,329. For Cecil County’s tally in 2015, there were 434 deer bagged of which 163 were antlered and 311 were antlerless.
There were only two hunting accidents during the weekend. In Warwick, a Delaware man was injured on Saturday when his gun discharged accidentally.
Scott Carroll, 44, of Glasgow, Del., was hunting with his brother on private property off Wards Hill Road when his rifle fired a round (cartridge size .30-06) into the lower part of his right leg, according to Candy Thomson, spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
“He shot a deer and when he went to retrieve it — the land was swampy — he stumbled and his gun discharged,” Thomson said.
In Thurmont, a California man visiting family during the Thanksgiving holiday died instantly when his gun discharged and the round struck him in the face. Thomson said Natural Resources Police investigators determined Vincent Cavallo, 32, either slipped or dropped the gun, which caused it to fire.
Maryland’s firearm deer season will remain open for two weeks until Dec. 10.
Cecil hunters bagged more than 480 deer during the first weekend of firearms deer season this year.