- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - State wildlife managers say hunters killed 12 percent more deer than last year during Maryland’s recently ended firearm season.

The Department of Natural Resources said in a statement Thursday that hunters reported taking 35,078 deer during the two-week season that ended Dec. 10.

Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto says the increase reflects fair weather, combined with a slow start for the archery and muzzleloader seasons that preceded the firearm season.

The firearm season involves the use of modern rifles and shotgun. It is Maryland’s most popular deer-hunting season.

The agency says hunters killed nearly twice as many antlerless deer than antlered deer. Hunting regulations encourage the taking of female deer as a population-control measure.

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