Deer Forecast-East

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Wildlife Area

Kevin Reynolds, the state's deer project leader, thinks the best spots for targeting mature bucks are in the outskirts of northern municipalities and southern farming regions. Good public access in the north can be found on the 5,700-acre Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Wildlife Area. In southern Delaware good choices are Redden and Ellendale state forests, which together encompass 4,500 acres near Georgetown in Sussex County. "Older bucks can turn up just about anywhere," Reynolds says. "But you can get them out of the small woodlots in many of the suburban areas in northern Delaware because a lot of those areas have very restricted hunting. There are some really big bucks there and in the agricultural areas in the southern part of the state." Delaware's whitetail herd is in excellent shape, with about 27,500 deer statewide. Last year's harvest of antlered deer is estimated at 4,400.