The annual two week season for hunting sika and white-tailed deer with firearms in Maryland begins Saturday and runs until the second weekend in December.
The number of deer hunters are allowed to kill is limited by state rules, which are generally tighter in the far Western part Maryland.
“The two-week firearms season is our most popular hunting opportunity in the state,” Paul Peditto, an official with the Department of Natural Resources said in a statement.
“Not only is the harvest during this period a critical part of the department’s deer management program, it also allows hunters to spend time outdoors with family and friends after the Thanksgiving holiday.”
There are two changes to the rules for the season this year. Hunters will be allowed to use certain kinds of air guns — those that use compressed gas to shoot a projectile — and obtain an apprentice license to try hunting with an experienced guide.