1990 kill less than expected


December 05, 1990|By Peter Baker

The harvest of white-tailed and sika deer during Maryland's firearms season was 6,000 to 8,000 below projections, according to a preliminary count obtained from the Department of Natural Resources yesterday.

In 23 counties, a combined 31,849 deer were harvested. The DNR Forest, Park and Wildlife Service had projected that between 38,000 and 40,000 deer would be taken during the firearms season, which closed Saturday.

In 1989, a record 34,518 deer were harvested.

Unseasonably warm weather, high winds on opening day and wet weather in the middle of last week were factors that contributed to the low harvest.

Official harvest figures will be announced after computer verification of the totals.

Firearms harvest of deer


(All figures unofficial) Allegany 3,557

Anne Arundel 371

Baltimore 1,096

Calvert 439

Caroline 652

Carroll 1,716

Cecil 1,155

Charles 1,412

Dorchester 2,221

Frederick 2,614

Garrett County 3,385

Harford 668

Howard 477

Kent 1,739

Montgomery 858

Prince George's 464

Queen Anne's 1,193

St. Mary's 981

Somerset 851

Talbot 860

Washington 2,593

Wicomico 814

Worcester 1,733

1990 total 31,849

1989 total 34,518

Difference -2,669

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