The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recently reminded waterfowl hunters of Delaware’s next seasonal segment.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recently reminded waterfowl hunters that Delaware’s next seasonal segment for hunting migratory ducks and Canada geese runs Nov. 21-26.
The daily limit of six ducks may include, in any combination, up to: four mallards, with no more than two females; one American black duck; two northern pintails; two canvasbacks; three wood ducks; two redheads; two scaup; six teal; six northern shovelers; six gadwall; six American wigeon; six common goldeneye; six ring-necked ducks; six buffleheads; six ruddy ducks; one mottled duck; one fulvous whistling-duck; four scoters; four eiders; four long-tailed ducks. The possession limit is three times the daily limit. The season on harlequin ducks remains closed.
Season dates for coots and mergansers are the same as for ducks. For coots, the daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 45. For mergansers, the daily bag limit is five with a possession limit of 15 in any combination of common, red-breasted or hooded, of which two may be hooded with six in possession.
Hunters harvesting Canada geese also may take white-fronted geese, which count against the daily bag limit of two for Canada geese, allowing hunters to take up to two Canada geese, two white-fronted geese or one of each daily.
Other current or upcoming migratory waterfowl seasons are:
— Snow goose: continues through Feb. 4, 2017; daily bag limit 25, no possession limit; includes Ross’ geese. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with permission of refuge manager.
— Sea duck: Nov. 21-Jan. 28, 2017 within the designated Special Sea Duck Hunt Area, located not less than 800 yards from shore between Port Mahon/Elbow Cross Navigation Light and the Delaware-Maryland line. For sea ducks harvested during the special season in the designated area, a daily bag limit of five and possession limit of 18 applies; the daily bag limit is to include no more than four scoters, four long-tailed ducks or four eiders. Sea ducks may only be harvested outside the designated area during the regular duck season dates and count as part of the regular duck season bag and possession limits; those harvested within the special area during the special sea duck season may be in addition to limits for other ducks during regular duck season.
— Brant: Dec. 3-Jan. 28, 2017; daily bag limit two and possession limit six.
— Duck: Final seasonal segment runs Dec. 9-Jan. 28, 2017; daily bag limit six and possession limit 18.
— Canada goose: Final seasonal segment runs Dec. 16-Feb. 4, 2017; daily bag limit two and possession limit six.
The 2017 Snow Goose Conservation Order dates are Feb. 6-Feb. 10, 2017, closing Feb. 11 for Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day and reopening Feb. 13 through April 7, 2017. For more information, visit eregulations.com/delaware/hunting.