From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
-- With the 2009-2010 deer season underway, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters of a new requirement that all harvested deer must be registered via the Division’s toll free phone line at (866) 511-3337 or online at www.dehip.com.
All hunters must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest, and will no longer be able to take deer to a check station or butcher shop to register it. Deer must be registered by phone or online before butcher shop processing.
When registering a deer, hunters will need to provide their hunting license numbers and the deer management zone where the deer was harvested. Zone information appears on pages 19 to 22 in the 2009-2010 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide.
After registering a deer, hunters will be given a 6-digit registration number to record and keep as proof of registration. Hunters having their deer processed by a butcher will need to give this number when dropping off the animal.
For more information on the Automated Deer Checking System hunters can refer to pages 3 and 24 in the hunting guide. The decision to discontinue check stations and move registration online and by phone is related to Delaware’s increasing deer population and harvest numbers. Of the nearly 14,000 deer harvested annually, half were registered at check stations, which had become an expensive and time-consuming process.
The new electronic system also allows the Division to receive its annual harvest information within days of the season ending rather than five or more months later. Although hunters will not be able to take a deer to a check station to be registered, the change in the system will not impact the Division’s harvest data collection efforts.
The Division is continuing to collect chronic wasting disease (CWD) and biological harvest data, including antler measurements, weights and ages. During the peak deer seasons, Division personnel will be stationed at deer processors around the state collecting this information. The Division will collect as many samples, if not more, than it has in the past.
For more information about the deer registration change or any other deer-related issue, hunters can contact Wildlife Biologist Joe Rogerson at (302)735-3600.