Hunting season has begun and officials say this was one of the worst years they’ve seen.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that hunters harvested about 10,000 deer this year… a decline from last year’s total of about 13,000.
Hunters say weather plays a big part in the issue. but there are other factors that they notice as well.
Ronald Leggett, of Boonsboro, an experienced hunter and owner of Leggett’s Wild Life Services – Animal Removal, has noticed many things over the years.
“We have a coyote population, coyotes not native to Maryland, but in 1978 my father and I trapped a coyote and since that time they’ve escalated with quite a few numbers. Their diet during the fawning season is 80 percent fawn deer so I think that has affected the deer population to some extent,” Leggett said.
The two-week deer firearm season runs through December 8.