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Del. 2013-14 Deer Harvest Ranks Third Highest in State History

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DOVER, Del.– The 2013-14 deer harvest season is the third all-time highest deer harvest for Delaware, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

DNREC said Delaware hunters harvested 14,263 deer this season, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous season. The 2012-2013 harvest was 13,302.

 "We anticipated that hunters would have a successful season this year due to favorable habitat conditions experienced this past spring and summer resulting from the cool and wet spring and summer, coupled with the exceptional hard mast (acorns and other tree nuts) crop last year, which meant Delaware's deer herd was likely going to be in excellent condition heading into this past hunting season," said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe Rogerson, Division of Fish and Wildlife. "Delaware's highest deer harvest occurred during the 2004-05 season, with 14,669 deer. This season, we were only a few hundred deer from setting an all-time record."

During the 2013-14 season, hunters harvested 7,558 does and 6,705 bucks.

DNREC said hunters set a number of harvest records this past season. Some include crossbow harvest 1,058 deer, combined archery harvest 2,446 deer, and January muzzleloader harvest 734 deer.

For a full list of records set, visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/News/Pages/Delawares-2013-to-2014-deer-harvest-ranks-third-all-time.aspx.

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