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2012-2013 White-Tailed Deer Seasons and Bag Limits

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2012–2013 Antlerless White-tailed Deer Seasons & Bag Limits

 

Region A: Allegany, Garrett & Washington (Zone 2) counties

 

Region A DNR Public Lands include: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only), Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac-Garrett State Forest, Prather’s Neck WMA, Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only), Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA, Woodmont, Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA and Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River.

 

An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Season

Dates

Total Bag Limit

Notes

Bow

Sept. 7–Oct. 17

Oct. 21–Nov. 23

Dec. 10–Dec. 14

Dec. 31–Jan. 31

1 Antlerless

Fluorescent orange requirement: Bowhunters are required to wear fluorescent orange when the Deer Muzzleloader Season, Deer Firearm Season or Junior Deer Hunt is open in the deer management region where they are hunting. Bowhunters in Allegany and Garrett counties are required to wear fluorescent orange when the Black Bear Season is open.

Sunday deer hunting: Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11, 2012 in Region A on private land only.

Muzzleloader

DNR Public Lands

Dec. 29

1 Antlerless

Region A muzzleloader bag limit: Only 1 deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken on either public or private lands in Region A during the October 18–20, 2012 muzzleloader season.

Muzzleloader

All Other Lands

Oct. 18–Oct. 20

Dec. 27–Dec. 29

FIREARMS

DNR Public Lands

Dec. 8

1 Antlerless

 

FIREARMS

All Other Lands

Dec. 7–Dec. 8

Region A DNR Public Land Antlerless Harvest Restriction: Hunters may harvest up to three antlerless deer per year in Region A (one each during the Bow, Firearm, and Muzzleloader seasons). However, no more than two of the three antlerless deer may be taken on DNR public lands (excluding the Junior Deer Hunt).

 

Region A DNR Public Land Antlerless Harvest
Restriction:
Hunters may harvest up to 3 antlerless deer per year in Region A (one each during the Bow, Firearm, and Muzzleloader seasons). However, no more than 2 antlerless deer (total) may be taken on DNR public lands in Region A with any combination of bow, muzzleloader, and firearm bag limits excluding the Junior Deer Hunt.

2012–2013 Antlerless White-tailed Deer Seasons & Bag Limits

 

Region B: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico & Worcester counties

 

An antlerless white-tailed deer is a female deer or a male deer with no antlers or
spike antlers less than three inches in length, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Season

Dates

Total Bag Limit

Notes

Bow

Sept. 7–Oct. 17

Oct. 21
(Sunday, see NOTES)

Oct. 22–Nov. 23

Dec. 10–Dec. 14

Dec. 31–Jan. 3

Jan. 7–Jan. 31

 

Unlimited Antlerless

Fluorescent orange requirement: Bowhunters are required to wear fluorescent orange when the Deer Muzzleloader Season, Deer Firearm Season or Junior Deer Hunt is open in the deer management region where they are hunting.

Sunday deer hunting:

  • In Calvert, Carroll, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico & Worcester counties on private lands only—Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11, 2012.
  • Deer Bow Season is open on Sunday November 4, 2012 in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Kent, Montgomery & Queen Anne’s counties on private lands only.

Muzzleloader

Oct. 18–Oct. 27

Dec. 15–Dec. 29

10 Antlerless

 

Firearms

Nov. 24–Dec. 8

Jan. 4–Jan. 5

10 Antlerless

Sunday deer hunting:

  • In Anne Arundel, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), & Wicomico counties on private lands only—Deer Firearms Season is open on Sunday November 25, 2012.
  • In Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Harford, Somerset, St. Mary’s & Worcester counties on private land only—
    Deer Firearms Season is open on Sundays November 25 and December 2, 2012.

 

2012–2013 Junior Deer Hunt — Antlered & Antlerless Deer

 

The Junior Hunt is for hunters age 16 or younger only.
Junior hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (or exempt from license requirement) unarmed adult age 21 or older.

Region

Description

Total Bag Limit

Dates

Notes

Region A

White-tailed Deer, Antlered or Antlerless

1 deer

Nov. 10

Nov. 11
(See NOTES—
Sunday Hunting)

Separate Bag Limit: Deer taken by junior hunters during the Jurior Hunt Season do not count towards the regular bow, muzzleloader, or firearm season bag limits.

Sunday deer hunting: The Junior Deer Hunt is open on Sunday November 11, 2012 on private lands in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.

Region B

White-tailed Deer, Antlered or Antlerless

3 deer,
no more than 1
may be antlered

Region B

Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties

Sika Deer,
Antlered or Antlerless

1 deer

 

2012–2013 Antlered White-tailed Deer Seasons & Bag Limits

 

An antlered white-tailed deer is a deer with two or more points to one antler, or a deer with one antler three or more inches long, measuring from the top of the skull as the deer is in life.

Season

Dates

Total Bag Limit

Notes

Bow

Sept. 7–Oct. 17

Oct. 21
(Sunday, see NOTES)

Oct. 22–Nov. 23

Dec. 10–Dec. 14

Dec. 31–Jan. 3

Jan. 4–Jan. 5
(Region A only, see NOTES)

Jan. 7–Jan. 31

1 Antlered*

Fluorescent orange requirement: Bowhunters are required to wear fluorescent orange when the Deer Muzzleloader Season, Deer Firearm Season or Junior Deer Hunt is open in the deer management region where they are hunting. Bowhunters in Allegany and Garrett counties are required to wear fluorescent orange when the Black Bear Season is open.

Sunday deer hunting:

  • In Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico & Worcester counties on private lands only — Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, and November 11, 2012.
  • Deer Bow Season is open on Sunday November 4, 2012 in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Kent, Montgomery & Queen Anne’s counties on private lands only.

Muzzleloader

Oct. 18–Oct. 20

Dec. 15–Dec. 29

1 Antlered*

Region A muzzleloader bag limit: Only 1 deer total (antlered or antlerless) may be taken on either public or private lands in Region A during the October 18–20, 2012 muzzleloader season.

Firearms

Nov. 24–Dec. 8

Jan. 4–Jan. 5
(Region B only, see NOTES)

1 Antlered*

Sunday deer hunting:

  • In Allegany, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Washington, & Wicomico counties on private lands only — Deer Firearm Season is open on Sunday November 25, 2012.
  • In Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Harford, Somerset, St. Mary’s & Worcester counties on private lands only — Deer Firearms Season is open on Sundays November 25 and December 2, 2012.

January 4 & 5: Firearm Season is open January 4 & 5, 2013 in Region B only. Bow Season is open January 4 & 5 in Region A only. Deer hunters may use archery equipment on these days in Region B but any deer harvested must count towards the Firearm Season bag limit.

 

* One additional (bonus) antlered deer may be taken per year in Region B only. The bonus antlered deer may be taken in any weapon season. Before taking a bonus antlered deer, hunters must first purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and harvest two antlerless deer in Region B. These antlerless deer may be taken in any weapon season. Persons exempt from needing a hunting license do not need to purchase a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp but must harvest two does in Region B with any weapon prior to taking a bonus antlered deer. Only one bonus antlered deer may be taken each year.

 

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