Delaware 2006 Deer Season Great Success

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During the 2006-2007 deer season, Delaware hunters met with great success, bagging 14,401 deer, the second highest number in state history. The total harvest was 268 deer short of tying the all-time harvest record of 14,669 set during the 2004-2005 season.

"In many portions of the state, the Division's goal is to reduce the deer population. As a result, seasons and bag limits are set up to encourage the harvest of antlerless deer, specifically females," said Joe Rogerson, Game Mammal Biologist with the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Continuing a five-year trend, more than 50 percent of the overall harvest was comprised of female deer (56.7 percent), while 74.4 percent of the overall harvest was antlerless. "Delaware hunters should be applauded for their willingness to harvest antlerless deer, as this is the key to population control," Rogerson added.

The November shotgun season again was the most bountiful season for Delaware deer hunters. During the eight-day season, 6,037 of the 14,401 total were harvested. "Considering the entire deer season is five months (September to January) it is remarkable how many deer are harvested in such a short time period," Rogerson said.

This also marked the second year of the recently implemented January handgun season. A similar number of deer were harvested in both seasons: 114 in 2005-2006 and 135 in 2006-2007.

For a more detailed summary of the overall harvest, visit the "White-tailed Deer Information" section on the Division's website at

Mr. Rogerson will give a presentation regarding the harvest at the Wildlife Advisory Council Meeting to be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 in the auditorium of DNREC's Richardson and Robbins Building in Dover. Topics for discussion will include the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan the Division recently completed, as well as the outline for developing the State’s Deer Management Plan.

For more information on the deer harvest or other deer issues, please contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-653-2883.