The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife designated a deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10-15 and for nonambulatory disabled hunters.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife designated Nov. 5 as Delaware’s annual deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10-15 and for nonambulatory disabled hunters on public and private lands statewide.
Youth hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm and must be accompanied by an adult companion age 21 or older who possesses a valid Delaware hunting license or is legally exempt from purchasing a license. Youth hunters may also hunt during the regular seasons for all game if accompanied afield by an adult. Youth hunters ages 13-15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. Youth hunters ages 10-12 must possess a license exempt number and may take hunter education.
In addition to youth hunters, nonambulatory disabled hunters of any age who use a wheelchair for mobility may hunt deer Nov. 5.
Standard 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 during the Nov. 5 hunt, the drawing will be held two hours before sunrise. To sign up for the lottery, participating hunters should arrive at least 30 minutes before the drawing. Hunters also should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting. Adult companions accompanying participating youth must be licensed or license-exempt to hunt in Delaware and may not possess a firearm during the hunt.
Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges, under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Delaware State Forests, managed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture, are also open to youth and nonambulatory disabled hunters for the annual deer hunt. For specific rules and regulations on these areas, interested hunters should check with the appropriate managing agency.
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online; at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover; and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent or to purchase a license online visit bit.ly/20myTRi. Hunters not required to purchase a hunting license may obtain their license exempt number by visiting egov.delaware.gov/htr or by calling 855-335-4868.
To promote youth hunting, deer stand fees are waived for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. These daily stand fees apply at all other times. Specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations, as well as special hunting permits, also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 739-9912.