From Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
-- Delaware hunters are reminded they are now required to register all harvested deer by calling the toll free number (866)511-3337 or going online at www.dehip.com within 24 hours of harvest and before butcher shop processing. The old registration system using paper forms at check stations and butcher shops was discontinued in 2009.
When registering a deer, hunters need their hunting license numbers as well as the deer management zone in which the deer was harvested. Zone information can be found on pages 19 to 22 in the 2010-11 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide.
After registering, hunters will be given a 12-digit registration number to record and keep as proof of registration. Hunters having deer processed by a butcher need to give this number when dropping off the animal.
Although the DNR is sensitive to the tradition associated with hunters taking their deer to check stations, a change was needed with both Delaware's deer population and harvest numbers increasing.
Nearly 14,000 deer are harvested annually, and nearly half of those were being registered at check stations. The time required to enter the paper forms used at check stations had become overwhelming in both staff time and expense. The old system was inefficient in that harvest numbers could not be totaled until May because of the time it took to enter the information into the computer.
"The new electronic system proved its efficiency last season. After the season ended in January, we had harvest estimates the first week of February instead of four months later," said wildlife biologist Joe Rogerson. "Plus, the Division had additional cost savings by not having to print thousands of harvest record forms, possession tags and hide tags each year."
Delaware continues to collect data on chronic wasting disease and biological harvest data, including antler measurements, weights and ages. During the peak deer seasons, Division personnel will be stationed at deer processors statewide collecting this information.
For more information about deer registration or any other deer related issue, contact Rogerson at (302)735-3600.