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Delaware’s 10-year white-tailed Deer Management Plan finalized

From the Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control

-- After nearly two years of work, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has completed the Delaware Deer Management Plan: A Guide to How and Why Deer Are Managed in the First State.

“Deer are arguably the most important wildlife species the Division is responsible for managing because they affect so many people. This plan will enable the Division to manage the Delaware deer population in a manner that meets the expectations of the public while taking into account what the environment can support,” said Joe Rogerson, deer and furbearer biologist.  Plan development included stakeholder meetings, public meetings, surveys and extensive field research.

Delaware Fish and Wildlife has never had a formal deer management plan. The new plan documents the history of white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer management in Delaware, and describes the current status of white-tailed deer in the state as well as the positive and negative impacts of the state’s herd. The plan also documents the Division’s responsibilities related to deer management, and outlines objectives for deer management through 2019.

The plan is both a strategic and operational plan, using hunting as the primary tool for deer management as well as outlining how hunting seasons are established and amended to keep Delaware’s deer population in check.

“Whether you are a farmer, hunter, outdoor recreationalist or someone who has experience with deer in roadways, you probably have an interest in how deer are managed in Delaware,” Rogerson said. “Though it is difficult to ensure everyone is 100 percent satisfied, we feel the plan will meet the needs and address the concerns of most residents, farmers, wildlife watchers and hunters.”

Printed copies of the plan will be available soon. Currently, the 102-page plan can be found online at http://www.fw.delaware.gov/Hunting/Pages/Delaware_Deer_Management_Plan.aspx.

“We recognize that this plan is rather technical and quite long, so we will be working on a summarized version that’s more user-friendly for the public. Those who want more specifics will be able to refer the longer version,” Rogerson added.

For questions concerning the Delaware Deer Management Plan or any other deer related issue, please contact Rogerson, Wildlife Section, at (302)735-3600.

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