ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the next firearm deer hunting season opens Jan. 8.

Hunters with a valid hunting license may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season, according to a DNR news release.

The season is open Jan. 8-9 in all of Region B, which includes all of Maryland but the westernmost counties.

The season is open Sunday, Jan. 10 on private and designated public lands in Cecil and St. Mary’s counties, and on private lands only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Washington (Zone 1) and Worcester counties. Shooting hours end at 10:30 a.m. in Kent and Montgomery counties.

“The January season offers deer hunters one last chance to fill their firearms season bag limit,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto. “The typically strong antlerless harvest during this late season contributes significantly to managing the deer population in Region B.”

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