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Shotgun Deer Season Starts Friday in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. – Shotgun deer season starts Friday, Nov. 15 and will run through Saturday, Nov. 23 in Delaware.

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife says the season will resume Saturday, Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, 2014. The DNREC says muzzleloaders can also be used during those times and can be equipped with scopes.

The DNREC says of all of Delaware's deer seasons, the shotgun dates draw 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 eight days in mid-November," said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe Rogerson. "This year we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest more than 13,000 deer, with nearly half of them taken during the November shotgun deer season." 

To join the hunt, Delaware residents between the ages 16 and 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license, and a Delaware junior license is required for teenagers between 13 and 15. The DNREC says some requirements differ for non-resident hunters.

The DNREC says those looking to get a hunting license can get one online, at the DNREC's licensing office, and by license agents statewide. For more information on hunting licenses you can call (302) 739-9918.  

The DNREC says deer needs to be tagged after harvest, and must remain until the deer is processed. Hunters are reminded to register their deer within 24 hours of harvest and can do so by calling 1-855-335-4868.

The DNREC says they also want to remind hunters that during any firearm deer season, any person hunting any wildlife except migratory game birds is required to wear no less than a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange material on their heads, chests and backs. Deer hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.

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