Delaware Deer News

... deer hunting is now allowed on five specified Sundays beginning with the 2016/2017 hunting season... on private and public designated lands ...

DNREC seeks public comment on state wildlife Sunday deer hunting locations, times August 11, 2016 Delaware, WMDT
... Sunday deer hunting ...on private lands ... at the discretion of the landowner ... at location ... on the Fish & Wildlife website... comment can be ...  emailed to DNREC_Sunday_Hunting_Comments@state.de.us ... by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016...

Delaware Sunday deer hunting law needs to clear last hurdle June 1, 2016 Delaware, The News Journal
...  HB 289 now must pass the Senate before going to the governor for his signature ...  Delaware is one of the last five states that still outlaws Sunday hunting and that Maryland and New Jersey hunting regulations include Sunday deer hunting...

... it is illegal in the state of Delaware to possess or attempt to rehabilitate a live white tailed deer. The offense is punishable of up to a $250 fine...

Springtime means birthing time for female deer May 23, 2016 Delaware, Worcester Telegram
... Justin Dion, a University of Maine graduate, is working on his master's thesis at the University of Delaware, studying the mortality of whitetails on the Delaware Peninsula...With a mild winter and excellent food supplies, we have very healthy does, which should be very productive this spring ...

Sunday Deer Hunting Bill Passes House, Senate Committee May 19, 2016 Delaware, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
... B 289 will allow deer hunting on five specified Sundays on private and public lands, with approval of the landowner or responsible government agency. Deer hunting would be allowed on one Sunday in each of the months of October, December and January and on two Sundays in the month of November...

Saturday event opens Townsend Property May 6, 2016 Delaware, The News Journal
... Delaware Wild Lands bought the farm with private funding, ... The hunting and trapping guidelines include deer management, which means that invasive deer herds are culled by hunters to reduce damage to agricultural products and forests...

... The substitute language for HB 289 will allow for the hunting of deer on Sundays during each deer season, on both private and public lands... the Delaware House Committee on Agriculture approved House Substitute 1  ...

... The bill was introduced by Rep. Williams Carson (D-Smyrna) and amends the existing law to add deer hunting on private land to the list of hunting exemptions for Sundays...

... Delaware hunters harvested 14,681 deer during the 2015/16 season – the highest number since the state’s first modern-day deer season was held in 1954 ... 54.3 percent does (7,975) and 45.7 percent bucks (6,706) ...

Man charged with more than 70 weapon, hunting violations February 12, 2016 Delaware, Delaware Online 
... illegal take of at least 14 deer during Delaware’s 2015-16 deer season ... Wildlife violations may be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.

Workshop on access pass, increased fees well attended January 16, 2016 Delaware, Cape Gazette
...  how the wildlife areas are funded and why additional funding is required. Approximately 70 percent of the funds come from hunting license sales with the rest coming from the general fund ... esident hunting license would increase from $25 to $39.50...

State proposing fees to enter Delaware wildlife areas January 11, 2016 Delaware, Delaware State News
...  proposed fee increases related to hunting and trapping, including the creation of a new fee to visit designated wildlife areas.  Currently, anyone can access the state’s 20 wildlife areas — also known as conservation areas — for free, although hunters must pay to use a blind or deer stand. To address declining revenues, the division is seeking to institute new customer costs ...

Another chance to legalize Sunday hunting in Delaware January 6, 2016 Delaware, The News Journal
... It looks like 2016 may finally be the year in which Sunday hunting legislation is presented to Delaware lawmakers. Various forms of draft Sunday hunting legislation exist ...

Wildlife research project encounters defective technology January 4, 2016 Delaware, Village Soup
...  male deer after animals were found with severe neck injuries.  Two years ago, Hopkins opened his land to researchers, who began tagging juvenile male deer in efforts to learn more about white-tailed bucks' travel patterns and mortality rates through a $395,000 Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife grant ...

DNREC announces deer hunting arrests December 18, 2015 Delaware, Delaware State News
...  fined $652 including court costs, for dumping solid waste in the form of three deer carcasses along a roadway in Midlands Wildlife Area near Millsboro....

Controlled deer hunt Dec. 15-16 in Brandywine Creek State Park to be managed by DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife  December 9, 2015 Delaware, DNREC News
... The hunt has been held each year since 1994 to reduce the number of white-tailed deer on the 1,000-acre park to a manageable level and to curb serious habitat damage caused by the foraging animals...

Two New Jersey men arrested on multiple deer poaching violations November 24, 2015 Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control 
... charged with hunting without a license, failure to display hunter orange, possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, two counts of possession of unlawfully taken antlerless deer, transporting unlawfully taken antlered deer, two counts of transporting unlawfully taken antlerless deer, harvesting antlered deer without purchasing an antlered deer tag ... If found guilty on all charges, he faces up to $63,000 in fines ...

... the first introduction of sika deer, was actually in Maryland. Sika deer were first introduced to the United States as an additional game species when our native white-tailed deer population numbers were at an all-time low... sika deer numbers have the potential to expand more rapidly than the current rate. Despite the complicated introduction history and depleted level of genetic diversity, sika deer have proven to be healthy and highly successful deer on the Delmarva Peninsula currently in addition to native white-tailed deer...

Neighbors Upset Over Deer Carcasses On Side of Roads November 18, 2015 Delaware, WBOC 
... Along Pear Tree Road in Millsboro, there are some gruesome images lining the roadway. Deer carcasses are spread throughout... In 2013, WBOC did a story on the situation, and as a result, the carcasses ceased for awhile...

... A 54-year-old hunter in a tree stand shot an arrow from his compound bow that struck the 24-year-old victim on the ground about 30 yards away. The injured man was airlifted to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit. After he was stabilized, he was airlifted to a Maryland hospital, where he underwent surgery today...

video of a deer on Creek Road, just south of the Pomeroy Trail bridge.


Illegal deer hunting leads to police chase November 10, 2015 Delaware, Washington Post
... Resources Police are searching for one person and have arrested another following a pursuit ... Harbeson on Saturday ...

... Of all Delaware’s deer seasons, the early shotgun season draws by far the most interest from hunters. “It’s remarkable that during Delaware’s five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest will occur during these eight days in mid-November,” said Joe Rogerson, deer biologist and program manager for Species Conservation and Research with the Division of Fish & Wildlife. “This year we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest about 14,000 deer, with nearly half of them taken during the November shotgun deer season.” ...

Be prepared for shotgun deer season November 7, 2015 Delaware, capegazette.com
... With the shotgun deer season opening Friday, Nov. 13, and continuing until Nov. 21, our public lands will see maximum pressure, as this is the most popular time to hunt whitetails... Some public land has tree stands that are awarded by lottery on the day of the hunt or, in some cases, prior to the hunt...

... During the five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest will occur during these eight days ...

Deer collisions a danger on Delaware roads November 5, 2015 Delaware, Delaware Online
...“Through management actions to balance deer numbers with available natural habitat and public acceptance, Delaware’s deer population has stabilized and has even started to decrease, said DNREC Wildlife Section Administrator Rob Hossler. “However, there are still numerous areas in the state that have excessive deer populations...
... the average white-tailed deer in Delaware weighs about 130 pounds, with larger bucks tipping the scales at 180 pounds or more... a statewide total of 1,273 deer-vehicle crashes [2014] ... 1,172 in 2013...

Special deer hunting day for youth and disabled hunters set for Nov 7 October 28, 2015 Delaware, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
... a special deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide...For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide...

Man, with dead deer on porch, charged with illegal hunt October 13, 2015 Delaware, DelawareOnline
... Police received an anonymous tip Saturday about a dead white-tailed deer on a front porch in New Castle County that prompted them to visit the home ...

DNREC announces youth hunting days schedule October 6, 2015 Delaware, Delaware State News
... To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving waterfowl blind and deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. These daily blind and stand fees apply at all other times...

... Michael T. Hyson Jr., 30, was charged July 15 with one count of possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer and six counts of deer tagging violations – failure to attach tag to antlered deer, failure to retain tag on antlered deer, failure to retain tag on antlerless deer and three counts of failure to attach tag on antlerless deer. He pled guilty to one count of possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown. Hyson was fined $1,245, including court costs and had his Delaware hunting privileges revoked for two years....

Georgetown man fined for harvesting deer out-of-season July 2, 2015 Delaware DNREC News
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Georgetown man earlier this week, following an investigation into a report of two white-tailed deer being shot out of season. William Betts, 25, was charged June 29 with two counts each of hunting white-tailed deer during a closed season, possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer and wanton waste of a game animal. He pled guilty to all six charges in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown. Betts was fined $3,442 and had his Delaware hunting privileges revoked for two years...

Man fined, banned from hunting for illegal deer kills July 2, 2015 Delaware, The News Journal
... A report of two white-tailed deer being shot out of season ... fined $3,442 ...

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge sets May events May 9, 2015 Delaware, Cape Gazette
... Thursday, May 14 - An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series - Tracking White-tailed Deer Movement for Research and Management - An introduction to the ongoing University of Delaware buck survival project in Sussex County,  7 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Jacob Haus, a PhD student in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware ...

Development forcing out more wildlife April 16, 2015 Delaware, Cape Gazette
... Everybody likes to see deer and fox in the wild - two of probably the most-photographed animals. Now, they’re being forced out, fields being dug up, woods being destroyed and both sides of the road for development... You build in their home and take away their food supply and a place to roam. They have to move around and then the home owners complain: “Oh, they ate my flowers and shrubs.” ...

Nature Conservancy, Dogfish work to restore local forest April 15, 2015 Delaware, Cape Gazette
... Thanks to generous funding from partners and members, and to time donated by volunteers, the five-year-old Ponders Tract Trail System provides people an opportunity to view birds, deer, amphibians, snakes and an array of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies...

... Naumann pled guilty to six of the charges in Justice of the Peace Court in Georgetown. He was fined $1,113 and lost his hunting license for two years...

NCCo cancels controversial deer hunt April 3, 2015 Delaware, The News Journal
... The goal of the state's deer management plan is to see 40 deer per square mile ... A 2009 survey pegged the population at 46 deer per square mile of habitat above the canal, noting variability in the exact number due to the survey technique, according to the state deer management plan published in 2010...

New Castle County cancels controversial deer hunt April 3, 2015 Delaware, Delaware Online 
... Certified master hunters were to sweep the park targeting female deer with arrows... "It had the prospects of turning into a circus. It is an issue of public health and public safety. We are getting suggestions that there were going to be protests and that would be a public safety issue," ...
     New Castle County cancels deer hunt in public park April 3, 2015 Delaware, MyFox Philadelphia
... Executive Tom Gordon says officials will look at nonlethal ways to thin the deer population around Woodley Park...

Small Numbers of Coyotes Taken During DE Hunt, Trap Seasons April 1, 2015 Delaware, Delaware 105.9
... Recently-completed coyote hunting and trapping seasons in Delaware resulted in a total of two coyotes harvested... With proper management, coyotes are not expected to have an unacceptable impact on Delaware's deer population ...

New Castle County to conduct managed deer hunt in North Wilmington March 31, 2015 Delaware, Delaware's source for NPR News
... This particular hunt will be archery only ... In 2005, the State Division of Wildlife showed that a deer management zone in New Castle County, north of the C&D canal, had the highest deer density in the state: 145.4 deer per square mile...

Delaware’s 2014-15 deer harvest ranks fourth all-time March 18, 2015 Delaware, capegazette.com
... hunters harvested 14,239 deer during the 2014-15 season ...  hunters harvested more does than bucks, with 54 percent does (7,683) and 46 percent bucks (6,556). Antlerless deer - does, juvenile bucks without antlers, known as button bucks, and bucks with antlers measuring less than three inches - represented 71.4 percent of the total harvest...

Frankford man faces deer hunting charges March 17, 2015 Delaware, capegazette.com
... one count each of unlicensed hunting, possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours ...

... druing the 2014-2015 deer hunting season hunters took 14,239 deer...  the fourth highest deer harvest of all-time for the state... highest deer harvest occurred during the 2004-05 season, with 14,669 deer ... 

Delaware Data:  About 45,000 deer in 2015.   Estimated population of 45,000 whitetails in 2013, 25,730 in 2009, 37,563 in 2005. The population likely increased somewhat during 2014, to around 50,000, but declining into 2015.  DNREC reports good habitat conditions resulting from the cool and wet spring and summer, coupled with an exceptional hard mast crop (acorns and other tree nuts). In 2013 the herd recovered from an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a viral infection that can be lethal to deer. Sussex County was particularly hard hit by EHD.  DNREC has a target population of 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat areas. In the 2014-'15 season hunters took 54 percent does (7,683).  During the 2013-'14 season, 53 percent females (7,558) and 47 percent males (6,705).  Delaware’s highest deer harvest occurred during the 2004-'05 season, with 14,669 deer. The state targets 40 deer per square mile of habitat statewide ...
    Although deer were abundant in Delaware at the time of first settlement in the 1600's, over hunting and habitat destruction nearly exterminated deer.  To restore herds, hunting was banned from 1841 to 1954  Deer rebounded. By the late 1980's, deer management was focused on reducing the herd.  In 2007 the ratio of deer harvested to licenses issues was about 0.73.  "Unlike most states, when Delaware held its first hunting season hunters were allowed to harvest both bucks and does."  History  About half the deer are taken during the shotgun season.
    Sitka deer, an Asian Elk species, were introduced onto private land in 1916 and they have generally occupied the marshy, swampy and woodsy realm of the Eastern Shore. In the last few years they have been spotted in Sussex county.  Smaller than white-tails at about 50 to 100 pounds, darker coats, smaller antlers.
     About 100 coyotes in 2013.  Delaware opened a coyote season in 2013, in part to protect the deer population.  One coyote was killed in 2013.

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