DELAWARE

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

The relative uniformity of the First State's habitat keeps the current deer herd of about 35,000 animals scattered throughout its borders, says Wildlife Program Manager Ken Reynolds. Despite minor incidents of hemorrhagic disease, the animals' health is good, due in part to the plentiful corn and soy crops available. For the best opportunities and access, try the southern section (Redden State Forest gets special mention), with the central Kent County next, followed by New Castle County in the north. Contact: Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife (302-653-2883; www.dnrec. state.de.us/fw).

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