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Delaware's Deer Management Plan


A white-tail deer buck

The Division of Fish & Wildlife's Deer Management Plan documents the history of white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer management in Delaware. It describes the current status of white-tailed deer in Delaware, and the positive and negative impacts the state’s white-tailed herd represent. Finally, the plan documents the responsibilities of the Division of Fish & Wildlife as they relate to deer management, while and outlining the goals and objectives for Delaware deer management through 2019.

Delaware Deer Management Plan

“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 also taking into account what the environment can support,” said Joe Rogerson, deer and furbearer Biologist.

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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, which is why we created this document,” 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 Delawareans, including farmers, wildlife watchers and hunters.” 

Before finalizing the plan, the Division of Fish & Wildlife solicited feedback for several months from hunters, farmers, homeowners, wildlife watchers, and anyone living in the state with interest in or concerns about deer management. Those comments and suggestions were valuable to biologists who prepared the plan and figure into the finalized Delaware deer management plan.

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