Buck limit decreased as archery season gets underway
Archery hunting for whitetailed and sika deer opened statewide on September 7 and continues through January 31.
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.
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
Kent Island’s Alex Weese drives toward the goal Monday against Cambridge-South Dorchester.