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Delaware

Division of Fish and Wildlife Asks Hunter Help with Deer Reproductive
Study; Donations to Sportsmen Against Hunger Also Will Be Accepted


To get a fix on the number, health and range of Delaware’s whitetail deer
herd, the state Division of Fish and Wildlife will be partnering with
hunters on a deer reproduction study that will run from Saturday, Jan. 14,
the opening day of shotgun season, through Saturday, Jan 28, the end of
the muzzleloader season.

Hunters are asked to help with data collection by bringing does that have
not been field-dressed to Redden State Forest Headquarters in Sussex
County, Norman G. Wildlife Management Area in Kent County or Augustine
Wildlife Management Area in New Castle.

The check stations will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Hunters
will field-dress their deer while Division personnel collect age and
reproductive data from each animal.

“We understand that this is a bit of a sacrifice of time and energy on the
part of the hunters, but the information will be invaluable to the
long-range deer management planning effort the Division has undertaken,”
said deer biologist Ken Reynolds. “Most hunters know that habitat is the
key to the survival of any species. But many are unaware that knowledge of
populations and what affects populations is the key to successful wildlife
management.”

A sample of 600 does is required for a scientifically-valid study. If
that number is not reached with hunter participation, the Division will
seek the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture deer management
team to collect the additional animals.

Hunters can also drop off un-field dressed deer that they want to donate
to the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program at those locations, participating
butcher shops or at new walk-in coolers located at Assawoman Wildlife Area
Headquarters, Trap Pond State Park, the Aquatic Resources Education Center
at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, and the Augustine Wildlife Area
Headquarters.

“We hope these additional drop-off sites will encourage more hunters to
help feed the less fortunate people in our state,” said State Wildlife
Administrator Greg Moore. “It’s a very worthy cause.”

For more information about these programs, contact Ken Reynolds at 302-
653-2883 or the Division of Fish and Wildlife main office at 302-739-9912.