ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The number of deer killed by Maryland hunters fell slightly during the 2011-2012 hunting season.

The Department of Natural Resources says 98,029 were taken by bow, muzzleloader and firearms this fall and winter. The number is off slightly from the 98,663 deer killed during the 2010-2011 season.

Frederick County once again led the harvest totals for the State with 8,378 deer, followed by Baltimore County with 6,804 and Washington County with 6,753 deer.

DNR Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler says data show the state’s deer herd is healthy and abundant. Eyler says hunters are becoming very aware that deer hunting is an excellent source of healthy and sustainable food while helping manage the species.

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