Port Tobacco, MD – On the first day of the two-week firearms season—Maryland’s most popular deer season—officers issued 30 citations and 39 warnings, and seized three deer during statewide enforcement efforts. They checked 141 hunters. A serious injury to a hunter occurred in Southern Maryland.

According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 a Charles County man was the victim of a hunting accident when his muzzleloader exploded and caused substantial injury to his left hand. The victim was deer hunting in the woods behind his house.

The hunter, identified as Daniel Patrick Rice, 34 of Port Tobacco was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for non-life threatening injuries. The NRP reports no foul play was suspected and no charges will be filed.