The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released the harvest totals for the recently completed two-week firearms season. Despite a relatively slow start on opening weekend in some counties, the statewide kill for the two-week season was nearly identical to past seasons.
The unofficial, two-week total was 44,805, compared to 44,313 last year. That is about as consistent as it gets. The final number will go up slightly as Maryland does offer some hunting into January of the new year that will be added.
If anything, the numbers once again show that the state's deer herd is relatively stable in most counties. This is very different than the numbers in West Virginia, which have varied greatly over the same period.
The kill total for the firearms seasons in Maryland was 45,070 in 2005, 44,266 in 2004 and 48,988 in 2003.
The key point is that the trend is stable, and the numbers indicate that the state's deer herd is being managed in a way to control the growth of the overall herd. The number of deer killed in most counties has been very consistent for the past five to seven seasons.