Delaware Hunting News

Dec. 16 Deadline Approaching for Delaware NREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Photo Contest

There’s still time before the Dec. 16 deadline to enter the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Hunting Photo Contest, which is being held as part of the Division’s celebration of 100 years of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware. The winning photo of a young Delaware hunter in action will be featured on the cover or inside the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Second Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day Set for Dec. 3 in Delaware

This Saturday, Dec. 3, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced the season’s second statewide waterfowl hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands. To encourage youth hunting, the Division also is waiving blind fees for youth using Division-owned waterfowl blinds.

Special Deer Hunt Day for Youth, Disabled Hunters Set for Nov. 5 in Delaware

This Saturday, Nov. 5, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a statewide deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving blind fees for youth using Division deer stands or blinds on youth hunting days.

Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Cautions Migratory Bird Hunters About Hunting on Crop-damaged Fields

This fall, migratory bird hunters will need to be aware that many farm fields where hunting usually takes place have suffered heavy crop damage that could have an impact on their use for hunting, according to DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

Delaware NREC Fish and Wildlife Biologists, MERR Institute Volunteers Partner to Rescue Sea Turtle Eggs

A clutch of nearly 190 eggs laid by an endangered green sea turtle on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park in late August was successfully moved on Oct. 5 to a climate-controlled room at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. The move marks the latest in a series of actions to help the nesting – the first of its kind recorded in Delaware – and ensure the safety of the eggs.

Volunteers Collect More than 350 Pounds of Acorns to Restore Wildlife Habitat in Delaware

At DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Annual Acorn Collection Day, 163 volunteers joined with agency biologists to collect 231 pounds of acorns that will be scattered in reforestation areas to establish new wildlife habitat. In addition, 122 pounds were collected by landowners on their properties and donated to the Division.

Deer Hunters Reminded to Register Their Deer With Delaware's NREC’s New Toll-free Number and Website

With the upcoming 2011 October muzzleloader (Oct. 7-15 ) and November shotgun (Nov. 11-19) deer seasons fast approaching, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to remind hunters that there is a new toll-free phone number and website address to access the deer registration system. This phone and internet system is also required to obtain a Harvest Information Program (HIP) Number, a License Exempt Number (LEN) and a Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit Number.

Correction to the 2011 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide Posted

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife would like to alert hunters that there is a deer season date error in the printed version of the 2011 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

The table of deer seasons on page 18 lists Oct. 2 as an antlerless deer season day. Oct. 2 is a Sunday, and Delaware has no Sunday hunting. The remaining dates are correct.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Announces New Program for Hunters With Permanent Disabilities

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains specially constructed duck blinds and deer stands on many wildlife areas for hunters with disabilities, as well as providing other accommodations. To ensure that hunters with permanent disabilities have preference for use of facilities intended for them, the Division is now requiring hunters to provide documentation of permanent disability. When documentation is received, the Division will issue a Certified Hunter with Disabilities Card for use at hunting check stations.

Delaware Asking for Reports of Turkey Sightings

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteer birdwatchers to assist the Division with its 2nd annual productivity survey on the location and number of wild turkeys in Delaware. This data will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state's wild turkeys with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured game species.