DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces Delaware hunting seasons opening in November

Shotgun deer, duck, Canada goose, and cottontail rabbit among numerous hunting seasons opening statewide

Pictuere of the DNREC Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife DivisionDOVER – Numerous Delaware hunting seasons open in November, including the shotgun deer season from Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 24, Sundays included, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Other popular hunting seasons opening in November include the second season split for ducks and the first season split for Canada goose, with many other hunting seasons also opening. Complete information is available online by visiting the 2019-2020 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

The November shotgun deer season is the most popular deer season. During Delaware’s five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest typically occurs during the 10 days of the November shotgun season. Harvest of does by hunters is encouraged to help manage and better balance the state’s deer population.

A doe in the field. USFWS photo

Successful hunters who wish to donate venison to help feed those in need are encouraged to participate in Delaware’s 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.

Hunting seasons opening in November:
• Red fox (hunt only): Nov. 1 – Feb. 29, 2020
• Raccoon and opossum (hunt only): Nov. 1 – Feb. 29, 2020*
• Youth/Non-ambulatory disabled hunt for deer: Nov. 2 and 3
• Shotgun deer: Nov. 15-24, including Sundays
• Sea ducks in special sea duck area: Nov. 23 – Jan. 31, 2020 (See page 30 of the guide for more information about the special sea duck area.)
• Ducks, coots, and mergansers second season split: Nov. 25 – 30
• Woodcock first season split: Nov. 25 – 30
• Bobwhite quail: Nov. 25 – Jan. 4, 2020
• Mourning dove second season split: Nov. 25 – Jan. 31, 2020
• Ring-necked pheasant (male only): Nov. 25 – Feb. 1, 2020
• Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 25 – Feb. 29, 2020
• Canada goose first season split: Nov. 28 – 30

* Raccoon and opossum hunting season is closed during the November youth/non-ambulatory disabled hunt and November shotgun deer seasons, with the exception of the special zone where raccoon season is open all year, as described on page 36 of the guide. Special raccoon and opossum hunting hours during the December antlerless, and January handgun, shotgun, and muzzleloader seasons are 7 p.m. until midnight.

First Canada goose split Nov. 28-30. DNREC photo

Continuing hunting seasons include:
• Moorhen, gallinule, sora, Virginia rail, king rail, and clapper rail: through Nov. 21
• Common snipe: through Nov. 30
• Snow goose: through Jan. 31, 2020, and Feb. 8, 2020
• Tundra swan: through Jan. 31, 2020, by permit only, issued via pre-season lottery
• Gray squirrel: through Feb. 1, 2020 (closed during November shotgun deer season)
• Archery and crossbow deer: through Feb. 2, 2020, including all Sundays
• Coyote (hunt only): through Feb. 29, 2020
• Crow: through Mar. 31, 2020 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only)
• Groundhog: through June 30, 2020

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife offers many hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas. Wildlife area maps and rules are available at Wildlife Area Hunting Maps.

A Delaware hunting license or License Exempt Number (LEN) is required to hunt, and most waterfowl hunters require a Delaware waterfowl (duck) stamp. More information on hunting license and Delaware waterfowl stamp requirements is available at Delaware Licenses. Waterfowl and other migratory game bird (except crow) hunters will need a Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. To register for a LEN or HIP number, hunters can go to Delaware Hunter and Trapper Registration or call toll free 1-855-335-4868. For hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird stamp is also required to hunt waterfowl.

To purchase a hunting license, either in person or online, hunters born after Jan. 1, 1967, must have a basic hunter education safety course card/number. Hunters who took a Delaware hunter safety course starting in 2008 can print their hunter safety card by going to http://de.gov/huntersafety. Hunters who took their Delaware hunter safety course before 2008 should call the Hunter Education Office at 302-735-3600, ext. 1 to obtain a hunter safety card.

Registered motor vehicles used to access designated wildlife areas owned or managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife are required to display a Conservation Access Pass (CAP). Hunters can opt to receive one free annual CAP with the purchase of any Delaware hunting license. To obtain a CAP, hunters will need the registration card for the vehicle to which the pass will be assigned.

Delaware hunting licenses, Delaware waterfowl stamps, and Conservation Access Passes can be purchased online at Delaware Licenses, at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and from hunting license agents statewide. Federal migratory bird stamps are available at U.S. Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges, and online at Federal duck stamps.

For more information on hunting, click 22019-2020 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide and Wildlife Area Hunting Maps. Hard copies of the guide and newly-updated hunting maps are also available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office. More information on hunting licenses, season details, and the Conservation Access Pass is also available by calling the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.

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

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DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces expanded deer hunting opportunities for state’s 2018/2019 season

Additional Sundays are open for deer hunting; certain rifles now allowed for some deer hunting seasons

The logo for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental ControlDOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today expanded deer hunting opportunities for the 2018/2019 hunting season. Recent changes in state law substantially increase the number of Sundays when deer can be hunted, and also allow the use of certain straight-wall, pistol-caliber rifles for some deer hunting seasons.

Sunday deer hunting is allowed from Sept. 1, 2018 through Feb. 3, 2019, using only those hunting methods legal for the respective deer hunting seasons established by the Department. Archery and crossbows can be used on all Sundays when deer hunting is allowed. Firearms that are legal for the respective firearm deer hunting seasons can be used on Sundays for those firearm seasons. Sunday deer hunting is allowed during the regular deer hunting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset on privately-owned lands with landowner permission and on designated public lands. More information on Sunday hunting dates and allowable hunting methods is available on the Sunday Hunting Calendar.

All state wildlife areas will be open for archery/crossbow deer hunting every Sunday for all deer hunting seasons, with the majority of state wildlife areas open on Sundays for the respective firearm deer hunting seasons. State wildlife area Sunday hunting maps, information on state wildlife area tracts open for firearm Sunday deer hunting, and other details about Sunday deer hunting opportunities in Delaware are available on the Fish & Wildlife website. To request printed copies of wildlife area maps showing areas open and closed to Sunday firearm deer hunting, please call the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.

Certain straight-wall, pistol-caliber rifles can be used south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal for deer hunting on private and public lands where deer hunting is allowed. Those rifles can only be used in place of a shotgun for the November and January shotgun deer seasons and in place of a handgun for the January handgun deer season. Information on straight-wall, pistol-caliber rifles that can be used for deer hunting is available at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Deer Hunting Rifles webpage.

For more information on the 2018/2019 hunting seasons and Division of Fish & Wildlife-managed wildlife areas, please consult the 2018/2019 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.

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

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January offers late season deer hunting opportunities from DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

Snow Goose Conservation Order opens in February

DOVER – For hunters still looking to harvest a deer or add more venison to their freezers, January offers several opportunities as the 2017/18 hunting season winds down.

Deer hunting seasons opening in January:

  • Handgun Deer: Jan. 6-13
  • Shotgun Deer: Jan. 13-20, including Sunday Jan. 14
  • Muzzleloader Deer: Jan. 22-27

Note: Deer archery and crossbow seasons will remain open until Jan. 31, 2018.

In other hunting news, hunters planning on participating in the 2018 Snow Goose Conservation Order are reminded to register for a free Snow Goose Conservation Order number on the Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) website on or after Jan. 1, 2018 as the Snow Goose Conservation Order opens Feb. 12, 2018. Hunters participating in the Conservation Order must register through the HTR website prior to hunting and report their hunting activities after they have finished pursuing snow geese for the season. Hunters who do not have access to the internet may call 302-735-3600 and will need their hunting license or license exempt number to complete the registration. Snow goose hunters will also need to obtain a (H.I.P.) number if they have not already done so.

Also, new this year, registered motor vehicles used to access designated public lands owned or managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife are required to display a Delaware Conservation Access Pass (CAP). Hunters can opt to receive one free annual vehicle pass with the purchase of any Delaware hunting license. To obtain a free CAP, or to purchase an additional pass, hunters will need to have the registration card for the vehicle to which the pass will be assigned.

Delaware hunting licenses, state waterfowl stamps, and conservation access passes can be purchased online at Delaware Licenses, at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or from hunting license dealers statewide.

For more information on hunting, click 2017-2018 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide, Wildlife Area Hunting Maps, and Sunday deer hunting. Hard copies of the guide and hunting maps are available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. More information also is available by calling the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.

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


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

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today five upcoming Sunday deer hunting opportunities for the 2016/2017 hunting season, based on a recent change in state law that allows Sunday deer hunting in Delaware. The new law allows only for hunting deer on Sunday, no other game, with deer hunting to be allowed on selected public lands on the following Sunday dates:

• Oct. 9
• Nov. 13
• Nov. 20
• Dec. 11
• Jan. 15, 2017

Sunday deer hunting is also allowed on private lands in Delaware on the same dates, with landowner permission required.

After consideration of public input and recommendations of the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, the Division Fish & Wildlife announced that selected tracts on 80 percent of Delaware’s state wildlife areas will be open for deer hunting on the dates above. To learn which wildlife area tracts are open for Sunday deer hunting, and for more details about Sunday deer hunting opportunities in Delaware, including county overview maps of the wildlife areas, please visit the Fish & Wildlife website.

State wildlife areas and public lands that have selected tracts OPEN to Sunday deer hunting, but that also have other tracts CLOSED to Sunday deer hunting on the dates listed above are:

New Castle County
• Augustine Wildlife Area, near Port Penn
• C&D Canal Conservation Area, near St. Georges
• DNERR – Blackbird Creek Reserve, near Townsend

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

Deer can be hunted on selected public lands open to Sunday deer hunting during Delaware’s regular hunting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. All DNREC’s Delaware State Parks lands are CLOSED to Sunday deer hunting. Hunting on private property always requires landowner permission.

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.

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.

Follow the Division of Fish & Wildlife on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DelawareFishWildlife.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, 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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