From the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife - Annual wild turkey hunt for youth
and non-ambulatory disabled hunters set for April 4
Dover, Delaware – Prior to the start of Delaware’s 2015 spring wild turkey season, youths aged 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day turkey hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 4. Youth and disabled hunters will be able to hunt wild turkeys on private property, state wildlife areas and state forest lands.
Hunters ages 13 to 15 must have a valid Delaware junior hunting license and must have completed a hunter education course, as well as a Division of Fish and Wildlife-approved turkey hunter safety class. Hunters age 10 to 12 are exempt from these requirements. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who is licensed to hunt in Delaware, and who has taken a DNREC-approved turkey hunter safety class. Adult companions may not possess a firearm during the hunt. For more information on safety classes, click Delaware Hunter Education.
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From the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife - DNREC Fish & Wildlife encourages successful deer hunters
to donate venison to Sportsmen Against Hunger
Dover, Delaware – With Delaware’s archery deer season continuing until Jan. 31 plus three more weeks of various firearm deer seasons coming up in January, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program gratefully accepts donated venison for processing and distribution to participating charitable groups who provide meals for hungry Delawareans.
“So far, our donations to Sportsmen Against Hunger are down for this season,” said Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager Bill Jones. “We would like to encourage successful hunters who have more venison than they can use to support this program and help those in need. With the January deer seasons still ahead, we have hopes of Delaware hunters matching – or maybe even surpassing – last year’s total of more than 21,000 pounds of donated venison.”
The 2014-2015 Delaware deer hunting seasons will conclude with seasons open on the following dates in January:
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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Shotgun deer season opens clear and cold,
and with success for many hunters
Dover, Delaware – After a night of rain and snow to the north, Friday’s opening day of Delaware’s shotgun deer season dawned cold and dry under clearing skies, drawing hopeful deer hunters from all over the state and from neighboring states as well. >By mid-morning, hunters were returning to their trucks, many of them hauling their harvest, while others strapped portable tree stands to their backs and toted their shotguns out of the field with a spring in their step, anticipating another day when they too would bring home a trophy buck or venison to the table.
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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Coyote hunting season remains open through Feb. 28
Harvest reporting required and encouraged
Dover, Delaware – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that Delaware’s coyote hunting season is in progress and remains open through Saturday, Feb. 28. Coyote trapping season runs Monday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, March 10.
Coyote hunting regulations include:
From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Duck hunting season to open Friday, Oct. 24
Volunteers turn out to help prepare public blinds for season opening; ducks abundant in Little Creek impoundments
Dover, Delaware – With Delaware’s regular duck season opening Friday, Oct. 24, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds migratory game bird hunters of the rules and dates for this year’s waterfowl season segments and of public wildlife area hunting opportunities. The Division also acknowledges the volunteer actions of public-minded hunters in helping prepare wildlife areas for the season opening.
This year’s season segment dates for hunting migratory ducks are:
- Friday, Oct. 24-Tuesday, Nov. 11
- Monday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Nov. 29
- Friday, Dec. 12-Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Special waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced
Dover, Delaware – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Non-ambulatory disabled hunters can also take advantage of these additional hunting opportunities on the deer and turkey dates, but not waterfowl, per federal requirements.
Mark your calendars for these dates:
- Saturday, Oct. 4 – Waterfowl hunting day for youth
- Saturday, Nov. 1 – Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
- Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 – Second waterfowl hunting day for youth
- Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Wild turkey hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
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From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife - Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center
dedicated as downstate state-owned facility
Greenwood, Delaware - This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.
Developed over a period of about 30 years by former owner Bill Wolter, the 104-acre property was purchased by the state late last year and is operated under a public-private partnership between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and two commercial businesses... more on Delaware's Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center
From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s
2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide available online and in print
Hunters, trappers reminded to buy a 2014-2015 license
Dover, Delaware – The 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide is available online and in print, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. This year’s cover features the winning photograph in the Division’s 2013 Hunting Photography Contest, “Patiently Waiting” by Jason Gary of Hartly. The guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s licensing desk in the Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, and online at 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Features include: details on the newly-established coyote hunting and trapping seasons; changes to trapping regulations and deer tagging information; a summary of the 2013-2014 deer harvest; a request for volunteers to participate in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual turkey brood survey; and a new youth hunting section to help parents and young hunters prepare for the upcoming hunting season.
Hunters and trappers are encouraged to review the guide before heading afield this fall.... Find out more about Delaware's 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Guide
From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife - Delaware’s 2013-‘14 deer harvest ranks third all-time
Dover, Delaware – Delaware hunters harvested 14,263 deer during the 2013-‘14 season, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous season’s 13,302, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The 2013-‘14 deer harvest ranks as the third all-time highest deer harvest for Delaware.
“We anticipated that hunters would have a successful season this year due to favorable habitat conditions experienced this past spring and summer resulting from the cool and wet spring and summer, coupled with the exceptional hard mast (acorns and other tree nuts) crop last year, which meant Delaware’s deer herd was likely going to be in excellent condition heading into this past hunting season,” said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe Rogerson, Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Delaware’s highest deer harvest occurred during the 2004-'05 season, with 14,669 deer. This season, we were only a few hundred deer from setting an all-time record.”
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