DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is alerting hunters that some hunting sites will be closed due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government.
Hunting access provided through DNREC to Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges will be suspended until the shutdown is over and those refuges reopen to the public.
"Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges are closed to the public, which means that hunters will not be able to access these federal lands until the federal shutdown is resolved, and this includes access normally managed by the Division in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis.
Hunters using the state area at Prime Hook should know that blinds will not be issued through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge system check-in process. Prime Hook state area blinds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with access to federal lands prohibited.
During the shutdown, access also will be closed to a portion of the Little Creek Wildlife Area's Davey Crockett Tract that is owned by Bombay Hook.
DNREC says the federal shutdown does not affect Delaware's state-owned wildlife areas, which will be open for all traditional activities, including Saturday's waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters.
For specific details regarding hunting regulations for a particular state wildlife area, check state wildlife area maps and wildlife area-specific regulations at Delaware Hunting Maps. Hard copies of the maps are also available at the license desk in DNREC's Dover office at 89 Kings Highway.
For additional information, please contact the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.