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T Deer Continued from page 1 plicate an already complex dynamic. Anti-hunting sentiment is grow- ing and hunters are often por- trayed as Neanderthals, said Ken Reynolds, a wildlife biologist with the state of Delaware. There are approximately 16,000 deer hunters in Delaware and the shotgun season is when most take to the field. Acting Delaware Director of Fish and Wildlife Lloyd Alexander said that "Now you see new residents, mostly from other areas, showing up in the country on what they consider their little piece of heaven." The population of Sussex County rose by 38 percent between 1990 and 2000 and the trend is not letting up. Hunters must maintain mini- mum distances from homes while hunting. However, the sound of a shotgun blast can be disconcerting to former urban dwellers. Some also worry about safety. Alexander said that hunting accidents in which nonhunters are shot are so rare that they "are almost a historic event." That, however, does not mean that it can't happen and precautions are advisable. He suggests that nonhunters use reasonable precautions and avoid areas which attract heavy popula- tions of hunters during the shot- gun season. Hunters are required to wear blaze orange to make them more visible to avoid acci- dents. Brown and white clothing is inconspicuous and could more easily be mistaken for a deer by a hunter. Reynolds said that most resi- dents don't have particularly strong feelings about hunting one way or the other and Alexander notes that deer hunting is far more difficult than imagined with only Estates Wanted CONSIGNMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR STUART KINGSTON SERIES OF AUCTIONS ANTIQUE FURNITURE, ART, RUGS, JEWELRY, CRYSTAL, SILVER, TOYS, AUTOMO- BILES AND COLLECTIBLES NO ITEM TOO SMALL. NO ESTATE TOO LARGE CALL FOR DATES & APPRAISALS gNGS0000 One Grenoble Place Rehoboth, DE 19971 WWW.STUARTVd NGSTOPI. COH 302-227-2524 * 888-407-0433 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 -17 It's the best of all possible worlds if your tail is white and you have antlers. While most hunters are law abiding, they often do not help themselves, especially by tres- passing, Alexander said. That is considered the most common complaint by the general public about the sport. While the amount of land avail- able to hunt is shrinking, deer hunters aren't finding it difficult to continue hunting. Kelly Racz of R&R Sports Center said that declining open space has caused many farmers to lease their land for hunting in order to make $6 or $7 an acre from hunting fights, creating a new side business in the rural landscape. "Deer hunting has become a business," Racz said. Dan Cook photo Two young deer froliek through the fields of Cape Henlopen State Park where hunters will be allowed limited hunting this season. deer do not like the deep forests of pioneer days, preferring instead to munch on crops or similar plants. That has meant that deer are often at home virtually in many neighbors' front lawns - munching on vegetables and landscaping. Reynolds notes that can quickly make an antihunter want very badly to see deer killed. There axe, in fact, so many deer in Delaware that the state now encourages hunters to shoot does or female deer. That is intended to reduce a huge population. 'hey are just as happy eating azaleas or grass as they are acorns," Reynolds said. Deer also thrive in farming areas and farmers can request that they be included in a program allowing increased hunting to deal with deer damage, particularly to crops. Alexander said that in Delaware there are 240 farms included in the program. While deer axe increasing, they cannot be hunted in suburban areas for obvious safety reasons. 43 percent of hunters bagging a deer. 'here is a lack of understand- ing," he said, between the parties. "Deer hunters get an awful lot of pleasure from just getting out- side," he said. Delaware's deer herd is so large that traffic accidents with deer ave commonplace and becoming more so. Deer populations have thrived in suburban Delaware and agri- cultural areas. The population has increased dramatically because Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom MAKING SURE THINGS GO RIGHT When you buy your first home, you want the best advice you can get. You want to show the house to friends and relatives before you commit. They will probably tell you about all of the things that went wrong during their own transactions so you can avoid the same mistakes. These experts all have good intentions, but so much advice can put you into a state of high anxiety. 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