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.