The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deer Project is
responsible for managing native white-tailed deer and exotic sika deer. The Deer
Project utilizes broad-based deer management techniques to meet their diverse
goals, which are:
During the last couple of decades, the primary focus of the Deer Project has
been to slow a rapidly growing deer population. While hunting remains the most
cost-effective and efficient population control mechanism available in most
Maryland landscapes, continued urbanization has necessitated the development and
use of non-lethal techniques where hunting is not practical or acceptable.
Therefore, the Deer Project employs a blend of hunting-related deer management
methods and proven non-lethal deer management techniques to manage deer.
Found a shed? Shed antlers may be possessed at any time and do not require a permit. Shed antlers may be collected with permission from the property owner. Please note that antlered skulls that are found and are not directly due to hunter harvest should not be checked in using the regular deer check-in procedure. Instead, please contact the appropriate Wildlife and Heritage Service staff at http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/Licenses/ddpermit.aspx to obtain the possession tag necessary to possess any antlers attached to a skull.
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