Despite a steady drizzle, hunters bagged 26 deer Wednesday, closing out a two-day hunt in Ridley Creek State Park in which a total of 97 deer were killed.
Park Superintendent John Graham said 200 hunters participated on Tuesday and 179 on Wednesday, but some left early. . The maximum number of hunters allowed per day, selected by lottery, was 200.
"Hunters just don't have the enthusiasm when it's this wet," Graham said.
Despite the weather, "we've made a pretty good reduction," he said. Before the shotgun-only hunt, the deer herd was estimated at 220. The ideal range for the park is 80 to 100 deer, he said.