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Delaware Deer Hunting Season Includes Sundays to Assist With Overpopulation

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 9:57 PM Updated:
Deer in the woods. (Photo: WBOC) Deer in the woods. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. - As deer overpopulation becomes a concern in Delaware, the General Assembly passed legislation to allow 18 extra Sunday's in this year's hunting season. 

But some community members say it might not be enough to help with the mass amounts of deer in Delaware. Ernest Vogl is a farmer in Harrington who says deer have been causing him grief for his crops. 

"There was a lot of beans replanted because deer were actually eating them off faster than they could come out and grow and get a good growth to them," Vogl said. 

Vogl says that hunting on Sundays might help thin out some of the population, but questions if it's enough to help with his summer crops. 

"We do need to take care of the antlerless deer problem, the overpopulation in the state, if they could do some kind of incentive where the hunters turn in five antlerless deer and then maybe be able to get a crop damage permit, to harvest the extra buck during the time frame season I think that would be a great opportunity too," Vogl said. 

But Brian Brown, owner of Smyrna Sporting Goods, thinks opening up the seventh day of the week will be great for specific hunters. 

"It gives the weekend guy an extra day to hunt because he has to work five days a week, he only has Saturday to hunt. It's great for our youth, our young hunters coming on board, they now can go deer hunting two days a week," Brown said. 

While there are 23 total Sunday's of deer hunting open for this year's season in Delaware, only six additional days will include firearm kills.  On DNREC's website, you can see where certain wildlife and forest land areas have been opened up to firearms, but all listed areas will be open for crossbow and archery hunting.  

The Delaware deer hunting season opens on September 1st. 

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