From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
-- Joe Rogerson, deer and furbearer biologist with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, has reported on the 2009/2010 deer harvest Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling and the Division’s Deer Management Plan.
Comparing the total deer harvest through the November shotgun season between the 2008/09 and current season, there have been 1,383 fewer deer harvested this year compared to the same time last year.
The total harvest during the October muzzleloader and November shotgun seasons is 1,439 and 5,101 deer, respectively. Comparing this season to last year, there have been 211 and 841 fewer deer harvested during the October muzzleloader and November shotgun seasons, respectively.
The two main factors that have likely attributed to a decline in the harvest this year are poor weather during the October muzzleloader and November shotgun seasons and an overall decline in the deer population, which is what the Division has been trying to achieve. The lower deer harvest thus far should mean that there are more deer available to hunters during upcoming seasons.
At the close of the November Shotgun season, the Division had collected 547 CWD samples. CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects deer, moose and elk. Delaware has been collecting samples since 2003, and all have been negative thus far. West Virginia is the closest state known to have CWD.