ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland natural resources officials say hunters killed more than 98,000 deer during the 2011-2012 hunting season.

The Department of Natural Resources says 98,029 were taken by bow, muzzleloader and firearms this fall and winter. Hunters killed 98,663 deer during the 2010-2011 season.

Frederick County once again led the harvest totals for the state with 8,378 deer, followed by Baltimore County with 6,804 and Washington County with 6,753 deer.

DNR Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler says data show the state’s deer herd is healthy and abundant. Eyler says hunters are becoming very aware that deer hunting is an excellent source of healthy and sustainable food while helping manage the species.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. elPrez says:

    Oh, and as someone who has taken out 3 (2 by car and one by motorcycle) I would like to thank the hunters very much!

    1. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      ouch poor motorcycle but i seriously doubt you killed the deer w/your vehicles they usually drop get up and run like the wind wanna hear something funny the church up the street from my house that gives out food gives out deer meat w/there baskets lol

      1. elPrez says:

        Kim, I think you are right. The one I hit with my motorcycle got up, looked at me sprawled out on the road and ran off…I think I heard him cussing as he left though!

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