The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that the afternoon managed deer hunt scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brandywine Creek State Park has been canceled. The park office will open at noon Wednesday.
The Dec. 16 morning managed shotgun hunt will proceed as scheduled with an on-site lottery for pin and stand sites at the Hawk Watch pavilion at 5 a.m. Those interested in entering the lottery must arrive by 4:30 a.m. to register.
Managed hunting is a highly organized effort to reduce the local deer population in urban areas. Currently, managed hunts are coordinated by both the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Recreation on county owned and State Park lands, respectively.
These hunts are strictly controlled and remain a safe, effective method of reducing the local deer herd. As with all lethal deer management techniques, emphasis is placed on removing antlerless deer. For more information about hunting in Delaware State Parks, visit https://destateparks.com/Adventures/Hunting.
Annual Passes and Surf-Fishing Permits, which go on sale Wednesday, will be available for purchase at the park office after noon. They may also be purchased online at www.destateparks.com/Know/PassesTagsFees.