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Maryland’s 2023 Primitive Deer Hunt Runs February 1st to 3rd

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the state’s Primitive Deer Hunt will be open Feb. 1-3 statewide. Hunters with a valid hunting license, or those exempt from the hunting license requirement, may use primitive bows or muzzleloaders to hunt sika and white-tailed deer during these days. Primitive hunting devices are defined as long bows, recurve bows, flintlock, or sidelock percussion muzzleloaders. Hunters may not use compound bows, crossbows, drawlocks, and telescopic or other electronic aiming devices. However, fiber optic sights are permitted on otherwise legal primitive bows or muzzleloaders. Any deer harvested during the Primitive Hunt Days count against the hunter’s 2022-23 archery or muzzleloader bag limit for antlered and antlerless deer. An exception is in Region A, where hunters may harvest one antlerless deer that will not count against their existing archery or muzzleloader bag limits. Hunters are encouraged to consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping for more information on the Primitive Deer Hunt and other deer hunting regulations. “The Primitive Deer Hunt is a unique opportunity for hunters to challenge themselves to harvest a deer using the traditional methods of the past,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “The February hunting season provides […]

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