Delaware Shotgun Deer Season Opens Nov 14th

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The Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters and all other outdoor enthusiasts that this year's November shotgun deer season will be Friday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 22.

Of all the deer seasons Delaware has, the shotgun season draws the most interest from hunters. "It's remarkable to believe that of 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 Game Mammal Biologist Joe Rogerson. "This year we anticipate the total deer season harvest will be approximately 13,500 deer, with nearly 6,000 of them harvested during the November shotgun deer season."

Hunters who are fortunate enough to harvest a deer and already have enough venison 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 maintains five walk-in coolers where hunters may donate field-dressed, tagged deer at the following locations:

  • * New Castle County
    Augustine Wildlife Area
  • * Kent County
    Woodland Beach Wildlife Area
  • * Sussex County
    Redden State Forest
    Assawoman Wildlife Area
    Trap Pond State Park

Successful hunters may also take their deer to any of the participating private butcher shops found throughout the state.


New Castle County

Bill's Deer Butchering
1210 Dutch Neck Road
Middletown DE 19709

Marks Butcher Shop
7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)
New Castle, DE 19720

Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734

Kent County

Custom Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Meyers Drive
Hartley, DE 19953

Sussex County

Double "K" Deer Cutters
2841 Windsong Lane
Georgetown, DE 19947

Johnson's Custom Cutting
21404 Burton Road
Milton, DE 19968

Mark's Deer Cutting
24910 Hollyville Road
Millsboro, DE 19966

New this year, hunters may use a handgun in lieu of a shotgun during any deer season in which a shotgun may be used.

For more information on deer hunting in Delaware, please visit