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Hunters Encouraged to Harvest 'Unlimited' Number of Does

A managed hunt starting in October will take place in hopes of decreasing the deer population in designated areas.

A massive hunting effort is scheduled to take place in Anne Arundel County that will allow hunters to kill an “unlimited” number of antlerless deer in order to address deer overpopulation concerns.

Known as the “2012-2013 Managed Deer Hunt,” The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks (AADRP) are conducting the hunt in hopes of reducing the deer population within three designated areas. The hunts will occur at the Glendening Preserve, the Jug Bay Central Sanctuary combined with the River Farm Property in south county and the Beverly Triton Beach Park in Edgewater.

According to the managed hunt’s document of procedures, rules and regulations, officials see the hunt as the best way to decrease deer overpopulation in the area.

“Lethal removal is the only feasible means for deer population control at this time, since contraception is not approved, the introduction of large predators is impractical, and no action is unacceptable and/or impossible,” according to the release. “This is not a recreational program, but a management tool for use in areas where deer have exceeded the carrying capacity of the available habitat.”

With no specific goal or quota for the managed hunt, hunters are permitted to kill as many antlerless deer as they can, with an emphasis on “harvesting” does, according to the release. For every two antlerless deer that are killed by one individual, the hunter can then harvest one buck with at least two points on one antler. However, hunters may only kill two bucks throughout the managed hunt season, according to the release.

To ensure the safety of those participating, hunters must go through an application process, providing proper gun registration, certifications, licensing and other safety precautions. A certain level of fluorescent orange on hunter is also mandatory to participate in the hunt.

With 20 managed-hunting days from Oct. 1 to Jan. 25, hunters are invited to schedule their attendance at one of the designated areas and hunt antlerless deer from sunrise to about 11:30 a.m. A breakdown of the designated days and their locations is listed below:

Glendening Preserve/Jug Bay Central Sanctuary

  • October: 1, 9, 17
  • November: 5, 13, 30
  • December: 5, 13, 21
  • January (2013): 9, 17, 25

Beverly Triton Beach Park 

  • October: 11, 26
  • November: 8, 16
  • December: 3, 11
  • January (2013): 15, 23

Hunters must pay a one-time $25 administrative fee and complete a hunter information form and background check authorization form in order to participate in the program.

To learn more or register for the hunt, read the event’s information page

Patch was unable to contact officials at the AADRP to discuss the hunt's size in comparison to similar efforts in the past.

NE Hunter September 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Does Maryland have a program that matches up hunters with those who would want deer meat but do not hunt? I guarantee more deer harvested if the program exists and is well known.
Jonathan Moynihan (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
That's a great point, however I'm unaware of such a program. I admit I'm no expert though.
K K September 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Nice how this article was posted today (9/10) and the information on the hunt website says "Mandatory Hunter Meeting: A mandatory meeting for all hunters that are selected for this season’s hunts is to be held on Wednesday September 5th, 2012." So much for giving those who are interested a chance to hunt...
JENNA ONEAL September 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
this is a great ministry- we have donated several deer through butchers- just look up your area and find one who participates! http://www.fhfh.org/Chapters.asp
karen boggs September 11, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The email contacts in this story have been removed and are no longer working. The story is no longer valid. It's a shame it wasn't in the news sooner.
Jonathan Moynihan (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I'm sorry Karen, but what email contacts are you referring to?
L friedrich September 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
It is a great minstry, but what about the person who doesn't qualify for those programs & wants to get the venison but are unable to hunt one themselves ? There should be a way, maybe a partner program with hunters whereas the people who want the meat for feeding their families too can pay the butcher fee or something like that. This is off the site you mentioned above : How does an individual in need obtain venison? Most statewide food banks make the venison available to their member feeding agencies, not the public. Church pantries, Salvation Army, community food banks, community assistance programs and other member feeding agencies determine the need of individuals and distribute accordingly. A list of member feeding agencies in your area may be obtained from your nearest statewide food bank.
David McMullen Sr. October 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Maryland does have a program called "FHFH" Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry, a non profit Christian based feeding the hungry program. FHFH makes it possible for hunters to use their God given skills as hunters and food providers, to feed the hungry. Hunters can donate a legally harvested deer to one of the 41 FHFH deer processors in Maryland, at no cost to the hunter. FHFH pays for the deer processing fees. Then the High Quality ,High Protein meat is then given to local food banks free of charge, and they give the meat to hungry families in their area. So anyone looking for deer meat that does not hunt and needs assistance, contact a FHFH food banks and see if they qualify for assistance. check it out at WWW.FHFH.ORG for your local FHFH butcher and food bank contact information.

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