Maryland Firearm Deer Season Starts On January 6

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MARYLAND - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the start of the firearm deer hunting season for 2023.

Maryland’s deer management Region B will be open to firearm hunting of deer starting January 6, 2023. Region B includes most of northern Maryland, including all of Baltimore and Harford counties.

The season is also open through Sunday, Jan. 8, on private and designated public lands in Cecil and St. Mary’s counties and on private lands only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Washington (Zone 1), and Worcester counties.

Last year was particularly fruitful for Maryland deer hunters, with hunters harvesting 29,124 deer in 2022, a 10% increase from 2021.

Maryland DNR reminds hunters that an antler-point restriction remains in effect for 2023. Deer hunters may 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 deer harvested within the initial bag limit must meet the minimum point restriction. junior hunters and apprentice license holders, 16 years of age or younger, are exempt from this restriction.

More information on the firearms season, along with season bag limits and other deer hunting regulations, are available in the 2022-2023 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

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