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Special Dates for Waterfowl and Deer Hunting Announced

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced that three upcoming Saturdays are designated as special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth hunters aged 10-15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.

The dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 5- Waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2- Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters. 
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014- Second waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or former adult hunter 21 years of age or older. Hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm. Hunters may also hunt on regular season days if an adult accompanies them. Youth hunters 13 to 15 years of age must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license.

Licenses can be purchased from the Fish and Wildlife licensing desk at DNREC's main office in Dover, from license dealers throughout the state or online at Delaware Licenses. State or federal stamps are not required for youth hunters. The Division is not requiring waterfowl blind and deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days in an effort to promote youth hunting.

Information provided by the DRNEC:

For waterfowl hunting, normal limits and duck hunting regulations apply. Standard daily duck bag limits apply, with hunters also permitted to harvest snow geese and two Canada geese. On state wildlife areas, a lottery drawing for waterfowl blinds will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time, except for Little Creek Wildlife Management Area that holds its drawing two hours before legal shooting time. Hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up for the drawing. Hunters should check each wildlife area's rules before hunting.

For deer hunting, normal bag limits and regulations apply, and all deer taken must be registered. On state wildlife areas that require a lottery drawing for available deer stands, the drawing will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time. To sign up for the lottery, participating hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time. The drawing for Woodland Beach Wildlife Area deer stands will be held at the Woodland Beach checking station; Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will hold its own separate lottery for its deer stands. Hunters also should check each wildlife area's rules before hunting.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters to take their cameras for taking photos to be entered in the Division's annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The contest is seeking photos of Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year's Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Information and forms are available on the Division's website at Photo contest information, or www.facebook.com/delawarefishwildlife. Information also may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or emailing crystal.beck@state.de.us.

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