Abundant acorn crop might make Md. deer hunters work harder

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland game managers say deer hunters might have to work to fill their tags during this firearm season opening. The season opens on Saturday.

Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Brian Eyler says the acorn crop was abundant, so deer won't be moving around much in search of food.

That means less contact with hunters during the two-week season.

For the fourth straight year, the Maryland Farm Bureau is encouraging hunters to target does in hopes of reducing the deer population.

Every doe carcass donated to a participating butcher shop gets the donor into a drawing for hundreds of dollars' worth of outdoor products.

The program is active in 13 counties in central and southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.