The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recently reminded hunters who have placed portable deer stands on state wildlife areas that all stands must be removed no later than 48 hours after the 2016-17 season ends Jan. 31.

Any stands that remain on wildlife areas after Feb. 2 will become the property of the DNREC’s Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Wildlife area rules were changed for the hunting season to provide hunters with additional opportunities by allowing temporary placement of portable deer stands on certain wildlife areas throughout the season. Portable deer stands previously had to be carried in and out of wildlife areas daily.

Under the revised rules for use of temporary, portable deer stands on state wildlife areas, no parts of these stands can be nailed or bolted to a tree. Hunters also are prohibited from cutting any vegetation or branches in order to hang a stand or to clear shooting paths. Hunters may set up their stands any time after Aug. 25. Placement of a stand on a wildlife area does not give the stand owner any exclusive rights to hunting a particular location.

For information, call 739-9912.