ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 5, 2003) óMarylandís Deer Archery season
opens Sept. 15 and continues through Jan. 31, 2004.
Marylandís archery season contains two new elements this year.
Legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly allows archery deer
hunters to hunt white-tailed deer and sika deer on the first Sunday in
November, (Nov. 3). On this day, archery deer hunters can hunt only on
property within the following counties: Allegany,
Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Queen
Anneís, St. Maryís, Talbot and Washington.
Opportunities for white-tailed deer and sika deer hunting using
crossbows have also been expanded this deer. Crossbows are legal to hunt
deer during the archery season on the following dates: Oct. 1-15, 2003
and Jan. 15-31, 2004.
Bow hunters spend an average of 555,000 days across Marylandís varied
landscapes enjoying the brilliant colored autumn foliage while pursuing
white-tailed deer and sika deer. Last year, over 50,000 Marylanders and
over 7,200 nonresidents purchased Bow Stamps, which allow hunters to
hunt deer with archery equipment.
Crossbows are now permissible for all hunters during the firearm and
muzzleloader seasons. All bow hunters including crossbow hunters must
purchase a Muzzleloader Stamp in order to hunt with a crossbow during
the muzzleloader seasons. Disabled hunters who want to use a crossbow
during any other time must still possess a special crossbow permit. Any
hunter who is 65 years of age or older or possesses a Resident Senior
hunting license may use a crossbow to hunt deer during all Maryland
Crossbow hunters and vertical bow (straight limb, recurve, compound)
hunters must possess a Bow Stamp with a valid hunting license in order
to hunt deer during Marylandís Bow Season. Any deer taken with a
crossbow will count toward the hunterís appropriate Regional Bow Bag
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) uses four Deer
Management Regions in order to scientifically manage deer resources. DNR
employs independent bag limits for each region. Deer hunting is an
essential element of wildlife science as well as a traditional outdoor
Hunters are reminded that deer must be checked into a DNR Official
Deer & Turkey Checking Station either within the county of harvest or of
an adjacent county no later than 24 hours after the kill. Deer taken
with a straight limb bow, recurve bow or compound bow will be registered
as taken with a vertical bow. Deer taken with a crossbow will be
registered as taken with a crossbow. This will allow DNR biologists to
accurately determine the influence of crossbows on Marylandís deer
Marylandís bow deer hunters took 19,088 deer in 2002. The 10 leading
counties for the 2002 bow harvest were: Baltimore (2,087); Frederick
(1,534); Allegany (1,512); Garrett (1,499); Washington (1,493);
Montgomery (1,151); Carroll (1,030); Howard (1,027); Kent (725); Anne
Maryland deer hunters contribute millions to Marylandís economy. They
make $82.3 million in retail purchases related to deer hunting. This is
over 50 percent of all hunting retail sales ($161 million) conducted in
Maryland. Hunting visitors to Maryland from surrounding states make
$25.7 million in retail sales.
Complete bag limits, season dates and bow hunting regulations can be
found at the DNR website,
www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide. The Hunting & Trapping In Maryland
2003-2004 guide, issued with each hunting license, also contains
detailed information about all of Marylandís hunting seasons.