Ed Golden, forest game program leader for the Department of Natural Resources, said yesterday that the kill during Maryland's two-week firearms season for deer was down slightly from last year's record of 35,133.
This season, which was Maryland's second two-week season this century, produced a kill of 33,581, despite three Saturdays when weather conditions were less than optimal for deer hunting. The firearms season opened Nov. 27 and closed Dec. 11.
Golden said that, although figures are unofficial at this point, the deer kill seems high enough to preclude an extended firearms season in January, unless the muzzle-loader season is a complete bust.
Maryland's muzzle-loader season opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 1.