Mary­land deer archery sea­son open

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The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources an­nounced that archery hunt­ing for white-tailed and sika deer con­tin­ues through Jan. 31, 2019.

“Archery hunt­ing re­mains an ef­fec­tive and im­por­tant part of our deer man­age­ment strat­egy,” Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Direc­tor Paul Peditto said. “Archery hunters har­vest over 25,000 deer each year, many from ur­ban and sub­ur­ban ar­eas where ex­ces­sive deer num­bers are es­pe­cially prob­lem­atic. The early archery sea­son is also a great time to be in the woods with friends and fam­ily, en­joy­ing the au­tumn weather.”

For the 2018-19 sea­son, the statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks has been de­creased to two deer. Mary­land hunters in Re­gion B (cen­tral, south­ern and eastern Mary­land) have the op­tion to take one ad­di­tional bonus buck af­ter pur­chas­ing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp. The antler­less deer bag lim­its dif­fer be­tween deer man­age­ment re­gions. In Re­gion B the antler­less archery limit has been re­duced to 15.

An antler-point re­stric­tion re­mains in ef­fect. Deer hunters may now har­vest one antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that does not meet the re­quire­ment of hav­ing at least three points on one antler. Any ad­di­tional antlered deer taken within the es­tab­lished bag limit must meet the min­i­mum point re­stric­tion. Li­censed ju­nior hunters and ap­pren­tice li­cense hold­ers, 16 years of age or younger, are ex­empt from this re­stric­tion.

The sika deer archery sea­son bag limit is three with no more than one be­ing antlered. An antlered sika is de­fined as a deer with at least one antler vis­i­ble above the hair­line. The sika deer archery sea­son is open in ev­ery county.

Mul­ti­ple Sun­days are open to archery hunt­ing in most coun­ties, in­clud­ing on some pub­lic lands.

Hunters should care­fully in­spect all tree-stands and al­ways wear a full-body safety har­ness while climb­ing in or out and while in the stand. The depart­ment strongly rec­om­mends us­ing a slid­ing knot, com­monly known as a prus­sic knot, at­tached to a line that is se­cured above the stand that al­lows the hunter to be safely teth­ered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground.

When checking in deer, hunters should re­port deer taken with a long, com­pound or re­curve bow as har­vested with a ver­ti­cal bow. Cross­bow hunters should regis­ter their deer as taken with a cross­bow. This in­for­ma­tion helps bi­ol­o­gists col­lect in­for­ma­tion on pref­er­ences and trends in how deer are har­vested.

Mary­land hunters are en­cour­aged to donate any ex­tra deer they may har­vest to Farm­ers and Hunters Feed­ing the Hun­gry. Last year, the pro­gram pro­vided more than 650,000 veni­son meals to com­mu­nity food banks and other ef­forts. New this year, Mary­land hunters may claim a tax credit for do­nated pro­cessed veni­son. Hunters who legally har­vest a deer and pay to have that deer pro­cessed and do­nated to a non­profit food shar­ing pro­gram may take a credit of up to $50 per pro­cessed deer on their taxes. The max­i­mum credit in any one tax year is $200 per hunter. The ap­proved form to help fa­cil­i­tate the process is avail­able at http:// dnr.mar yland.gov/wildlife/Doc­u­ments/Feed-the-Hungr y-Form.pdf.

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