DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife announced Delaware hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer during the season, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous season.

DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife announced Delaware hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer during the season, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous season.

Since the first year of Delaware’s five-month-long crossbow season in 2010-‘11, when hunters harvested more than 398 deer, harvest numbers have nearly tripled. This season, 1,058 deer were taken during the crossbow season. Combined with the harvest from vertical bows – compound, recurve and longbows – the total archery season harvest for 2013-2014 was 2,446 deer, ranking as the all-time highest archery season harvest for Delaware which had recently been set last year (1,941 deer).

While the statewide harvest ranked third all-time, there were several harvest records set by hunters this past season: crossbow season harvest, 1,058 deer; combined archery season harvest (vertical and crossbows), 2,446 deer; January muzzleloader season total harvest, 734 deer.

For more information: dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/DeerInfo.aspx.