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Del. Deer Harvest Ranks Fourth All-Time

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DOVER, De.- Delaware hunters harvested over 14,000 deer during the 2014-2015 season, DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife announced on March 11. The 2014-15 deer harvest ranks as the fourth all-time highest deer harvest for Delaware. 

“We anticipated that hunters would have a successful season this year due to favorable habitat conditions resulting from the cool and wet spring and summer,” said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe Rogerson, Division of Fish & Wildlife. “Delaware's highest deer harvest occurred during the 2004-05 season, with 14,669 deer. This past season, we were only a few hundred deer from setting an all-time record.”

This year's 14,239 deer came just shy of reaching last year's 14, 669 total. 

During the 2014-15 season, hunters harvested more does than bucks, with 7,683 does and 6,556 bucks. Antlerless deer, which includes does, juvenile bucks without antlers, and bucks with antlers measuring less than three inches, totaled over 10,000.

Since the first year of Delaware's five-month-long crossbow season in 2010-11, when hunters harvested 398 deer, harvest numbers have nearly tripled. The crossbow season claimed 1,123 deer this year. Combined with the harvest from vertical bows, the total archery season harvest for 2014-15 was 2,497 deer, ranking as the all-time highest archery season harvest for Delaware which had been set last year with 2,446 deer.

“Many hunters enjoyed success this year as indicated by the total harvest as well as several records broken, and we fully expect hunters to continue to enjoy Delaware's deer hunting opportunities for years to come,” said Wildlife Section Administrator Rob Hossler. 

For more information about the Delaware deer harvest or any other deer-related issue, contact Joe Rogerson at 302-735-3600, or visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife's white-tailed deer information page at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/DeerInfo.aspx. More detailed information about the deer harvest can also be found on the information page. 

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