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

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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.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older, but the companion may not possess a firearm. Young hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and may also hunt on regular season days, accompanied by an adult. Youth hunters age 13 to 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. 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. Participating hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up before the drawing. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge also will hold a lottery for any unfilled stands at the refuge and nearby Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time to sign up for the lottery.   

For more information, check the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw

Specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife also would like to remind hunters headed out on Saturday to take their cameras, as the youth deer hunting day is a great opportunity for taking photos to be entered in the Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. Sponsored by the Division as part of the celebration of 100 years of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware, the contest is seeking photos of young Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 16. Information and entry forms are available on the Division’s website at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw , the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife) or requested by calling Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911, or email amanda.belford@state.de.us.

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Retired2hunt's picture

I truly enjoy reading these

I truly enjoy reading these youth hunt articles as it definitely is a very strong means of getting our youth out of the bedroon and from out of in front of the video games and provide a great opportunity to build stronger relationships, education on the outdoors and the wildlife, and to create memories to last a lifetime.  It is great that Delaware also includes the disabled hunters as well in this early hunt season.  The camera idea is a great one along with the requirement that the licensed adult be without a firearm.