Statewide December antlerless deer season opens Dec. 10

Eight-day antlerless deer season includes Sunday hunting Dec. 11

DOVER – Delaware deer hunters will have another opportunity to harvest antlerless deer during the state’s December antlerless deer season – which runs from Saturday, Dec. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 17, including Sunday, Dec. 11. Hunters are reminded that only antlerless deer may be taken during the December antlerless season, including hunters who choose to use archery/crossbow equipment.

“The December antlerless season provides additional deer hunting and harvest opportunities, with more than 600 antlerless deer typically harvested annually during this season,” said Emily Boyd, deer and furbearer biologist with the Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Antlerless deer include female (doe) deer, as well as male deer with both antlers measuring less than three inches in length. Only shotgun, muzzleloader or archery/crossbow equipment can be used during the December antlerless deer season.

This year, hunters will have the opportunity to hunt on Sunday, Dec. 11 during the December antlerless season on private land with landowner permission and in public areas open to Sunday hunting. To find out which public areas are open for Sunday hunting, please visit Sunday deer hunting.

In order to hunt, Delaware residents age 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages 13 through 15. Some license requirements differ for non-resident hunters. Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, click Delaware Licenses. For more information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.

Other upcoming Delaware deer season dates include:
• Handgun – Saturday, Jan. 7-Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 (no Sunday deer hunting allowed during handgun season)
• Shotgun – Saturday, Jan. 14-Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, including Sunday, Jan. 15
• Muzzleloader – Monday, Jan. 23-Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 (no Sunday deer hunting allowed during January muzzleloader season)
• Archery and crossbow deer season, ongoing thru Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 (except for designated Sundays during certain firearms seasons, no Sunday deer hunting allowed during archery and crossbow season)

Deer must be tagged immediately after harvest, and tags must remain attached until the deer is processed. Delaware hunting licenses come with four antlerless deer tags, but additional antlerless deer tags may be purchased online or from license agents for $10, which can be used to harvest antlerless deer and, in season, antlered deer. Resident hunters may purchase a combination resident hunter’s choice/quality buck tag for $10.

Hunters are reminded that they must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest. A registration number is required before taking any deer to a butcher or taxidermist. Likewise, hunters who butcher their own deer must register the deer within 24 hours of harvest or before processing.

Hunters may register deer by visiting the Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt using their smartphone, tablet or computer. Those who prefer to register their deer through a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-DEL-HUNT (855-335-4868). However, using the website instead of the live customer service phone number is less costly to the Division of Fish & Wildlife, with the savings better used to fund wildlife and habitat conservation programs and management of public wildlife areas.

Successful hunters who harvest a deer and already have enough venison for themselves are encouraged to donate their deer to the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. All donated deer will be processed free of charge to the hunter and the meat will be distributed to participating charitable groups.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife maintains walk-in coolers where hunters may donate field-dressed, tagged deer at the following locations:

Sussex County
Assawoman Wildlife Area, near Frankford
Gumboro Community Center, Gumboro
Redden State Forest Headquarters, near Georgetown
Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel

Kent County
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, near Smyrna
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, near Viola
Mosquito Control Office, Milford

New Castle County
Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn

Donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program, or to participating private butcher shops, where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish & Wildlife requests that the hunter please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner. Any deer dropped off at a cooler must be field-dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal.

Successful hunters may also take their deer to any of the Sportsmen Against Hunger participating private butcher shops found throughout the state:

Sussex County
Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
6854 Delmar Road
Delmar, DE 19940
302-381-7257

Ole McDonald’s
Farm Fresh Meats & Produce
8977 DuPont Boulevard
Lincoln, DE 19960
302-265-2321

Kent County
Miller’s Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934
302-697-8278

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Myers Drive
Hartly, DE 19953
302-492-0323

New Castle County
Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734
302-378-3268

Mark’s Butcher Shop
River Road Industrial Park
729 Grantham Lane
New Castle, DE 19720
302-229-0897

For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and from license agents throughout the state. State wildlife area hunting maps are available in hard copy at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and online at Delaware Wildlife Area Maps. For more information, call the licensing desk at 302-739-9918 or the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrest two Maryland men for multiple nighttime deer poaching violations

WESTERN KENT COUNTY – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested two Maryland men on multiple nighttime deer poaching-related violations Nov. 13 near Farmington during the opening weekend of Delaware’s 2016 shotgun deer season, which runs through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Steven R. Faulkner Jr.
Steven R. Faulkner Jr.

Steven R. Faulkner Jr., 35, of Denton, Md., was charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, third degree conspiracy, hunting from a motor vehicle, shooting on or across a public roadway, shooting within 15 yards of a public roadway, unlicensed hunting, hunting deer during a closed season, failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season, failure to tag antlered deer and harvesting an antlered deer without purchasing a Hunters Choice tag. Faulkner’s 2004 Dodge pickup truck and 20-gauge slug barrel shotgun were seized as evidence. Faulkner was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and released on $10,500 unsecured bond pending an appearance in Kent County Superior Court at a later date.

Shawn A. Tharp
Shawn A. Tharp

Shawn A. Tharp, 51, of Federalsburg, Md., was charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, third degree conspiracy, hunting from a motor vehicle, trespassing to hunt, unlicensed hunting, hunting deer during a closed season and failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season. Tharp was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and released on $3,500 unsecured bond pending an appearance in Kent County Superior Court at a later date.DE F&W Natural Resources Police logo

 

 

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.

Media contact: Sgt. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters of Sunday deer hunting opportunities on private and public lands

First Sunday deer hunting day in Delaware a success

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters of the four remaining Sunday deer hunting opportunities for the 2016/2017 hunting season. The first of this season’s five Sunday deer hunting days – Oct. 9 during the muzzleloader deer season – was a success, according to the Wildlife Section, providing hunters additional hunting opportunities with 116 deer registered that were harvested that day.

Only deer can be hunted on the following Sundays during the respective deer hunting seasons as follows:
• Nov. 13 – shotgun season
• Nov. 20 – shotgun season
• Dec. 11 – special antlerless season
• Jan. 15, 2017 – shotgun season

Deer can be hunted on the above Sundays during the regular deer hunting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset on private lands with landowner permission and on Division of Fish & Wildlife public wildlife areas open to Sunday deer hunting.

Division of Fish & Wildlife public wildlife areas are open for Sunday deer hunting on the above dates and times, with portions of the following wildlife areas closed to Sunday deer hunting, as indicated on the Sunday deer hunting webpage:

New Castle County
• Augustine Wildlife Area, near Port Penn
• C&D Canal Conservation Area, near St. Georges

Kent County
• Little Creek Wildlife Area, east of Dover
• Ted Harvey Conservation Area, southeast of Dover
• Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, near Felton

Sussex County
• Assawoman Wildlife Area, near Millville
• Nanticoke Wildlife Area, Seaford/Bethel area
• Milford Neck Wildlife Area, near Milford

All DNREC’s Delaware State Parks lands are CLOSED to Sunday deer hunting.

For more information on Sunday deer hunting, or to request printed copies of wildlife area maps showing areas open and closed to Sunday deer hunting, please call the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912 or visit the Sunday deer hunting webpage.

For more information on the 2016/2017 hunting seasons and Division of Fish & Wildlife-managed wildlife areas, please consult 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and Delaware Wildlife Area Maps. Printed copies of the guide and maps are available at DNREC’s licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. The guide is also available from license agents throughout the state.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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Much-anticipated statewide shotgun deer hunting season opens Nov. 11

This year’s outlook optimistic for a bountiful
harvest from Delaware’s white-tailed deer herd

DOVER – For thousands of Delaware deer hunters, their favorite time of year afield is squarely in sight, with projections pointing to another bountiful harvest during the state’s early shotgun deer season – which runs from Friday, Nov. 11 thru Sunday, Nov. 20, including Sunday, Nov. 13.

Of all Delaware’s deer seasons, the early shotgun season draws by far the most interest from hunters. “It’s remarkable that during Delaware’s five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest will occur during these 10 days in mid-November,” said Emily Boyd, deer and furbearer biologist with the Division of Fish & Wildlife. “This year we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest about 14,000 deer, with nearly half of them taken during the November shotgun deer season.”

This year, hunters will also have the opportunity to hunt on two Sundays during the November shotgun season in areas that are open to Sunday hunting. To find out which public areas are open for Sunday hunting, please visit Sunday deer hunting.

In order to hunt, Delaware residents age 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages 13 through 15. Some license requirements differ for non-resident hunters. Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, click Delaware Licenses. For more information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.

Shotgun deer season resumes Saturday, Jan. 14 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, including Sunday, Jan. 15. Other Delaware deer season dates include:
• Special antlerless – Saturday, Dec. 10-Saturday, Dec. 17, including Sunday, Dec. 11
• Handgun – Saturday, Jan. 7-Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 (no Sunday deer hunting allowed during handgun season)
• Muzzleloader – Monday, Jan. 23-Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
• Archery and crossbow deer season, ongoing thru Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 (except for designated Sundays during certain firearms seasons, no Sunday deer hunting allowed during archery and crossbow season)

Deer must be tagged immediately after harvest, and tags must remain attached until the deer is processed. Delaware hunting licenses come with four antlerless deer tags, but additional antlerless deer tags may be purchased online or from license agents for $10. Resident hunters may purchase a combination resident hunter’s choice/quality buck tag for $10. The resident hunter’s choice tag can be used on both antlered and antlerless deer. The resident quality buck tag can only be used on an antlered deer with a minimum outside antler spread of 15 inches. For non-residents, one antlered deer tag valid for any deer and/or one quality buck tag for deer with a minimum outside antler spread of 15 inches may be purchased separately for $25 each. Hunters are permitted to harvest a maximum of two antlered bucks for all seasons combined. All other deer taken must be antlerless.

Hunters are reminded that they must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest. A registration number is required before taking any deer to a butcher or taxidermist. Likewise, hunters who butcher their own deer must register the deer within 24 hours of harvest or before processing.

Hunters may register deer by visiting the Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt using their smartphone, tablet or computer. Those who prefer to register their deer through a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-DEL-HUNT (855-335-4868). However, using the website instead of the live customer service phone number is a cost-savings measure that helps the Division of Fish & Wildlife direct more funding to on-the-ground habitat conservation and management, and to public hunting areas.

Successful hunters who harvest a deer and already have enough venison for themselves are encouraged to donate their deer to the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. All donated deer will be processed free of charge to the hunter, and the meat will be distributed to participating charitable groups.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife maintains walk-in coolers where hunters may donate field-dressed, tagged deer at the following locations:

Sussex County
Assawoman Wildlife Area, near Frankford
Gumboro Community Center, Gumboro
Redden State Forest Headquarters, near Georgetown
Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel

Kent County
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, near Smyrna
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, near Viola
Mosquito Control Office, Milford

New Castle County
Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn

Donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program, or to participating private butcher shops, where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish & Wildlife requests that the hunter please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner. Any deer dropped off at a cooler must be field-dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal.

Successful hunters may also take their deer to any of the Sportsmen Against Hunger participating private butcher shops found throughout the state:

Sussex County
Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
6854 Delmar Road
Delmar, DE 19940
302-381-7257

Ole McDonald’s
Farm Fresh Meats & Produce
8977 DuPont Boulevard
Lincoln, DE 19960
302-265-2321

Kent County
Miller’s Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934
302-697-8278

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Myers Drive
Hartly, DE 19953
302-492-0323

New Castle County
Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734
302-378-3268

For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and from license agents throughout the state. State wildlife area hunting maps are available in hard copy at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and online at Delaware Wildlife Area Maps. For more information, call the licensing desk at 302-739-9918 or the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2016/17 Sunday deer hunting dates; now seeks public comment on state wildlife area Sunday deer hunting locations, times

DOVER – With a recent change in Delaware law, deer hunting is allowed on five specified Sundays on private lands and on designated public lands beginning with the 2016/2017 hunting season, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Sunday deer hunting dates for the upcoming season will be Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and 20, Dec. 11 this year, and Jan. 15, 2017.

Under the law, Sunday deer hunting on these dates on private lands is allowed during regular hunting hours at the discretion of the landowner, while government agencies, including the Division of Fish & Wildlife, can designate public lands open for Sunday deer hunting on the dates listed above after seeking public comment.

Sunday deer hunting is proposed on specified state wildlife areas at locations as shown by maps found on the Fish & Wildlife website. Sunday deer hunting is proposed on these wildlife areas during the regular hunting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. Copies of the wildlife area maps where Sunday deer hunting is proposed and additional information can be requested by calling the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.

 The Division of Fish & Wildlife now asks for public comment on Sunday deer hunting locations and times on state wildlife areas. Written public comment can be mailed to Karen Kennedy, Wildlife Section, Division of Fish & Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or emailed to DNREC_Sunday_Hunting_Comments@delaware.gov. All written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. (DNREC close of business) on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Oral comments will be received and written comments reviewed at the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in DNREC’s auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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