In a report from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), hunters harvested 11 percent less deer in the 2018/2019 season compared to the previous year.

According to the DNR, the combined archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons harvested 77,382 deer between September of 2018 and January of 2019. 

Brian Eyler, deer project leader for the DNR, says that hunting 70,000 to 80,000 deer a year helps manage Maryland’s healthy deer population.

“We had significant weather events. Rain, snow, wind, ice, you name it, on some of our key days,” said Eyler. “Our opening day of firearm season and some of the muzzleloader season, so weather was a big part of that decline.”

According to the DNR, Frederick County hunted the most deer, followed by Carroll and Garett Counties.