Delaware waterfowl hunters are gearing up for the state’s third and final waterfowl split season, which runs from Dec. 8 though Jan. 27, 2018.

Hunting seasons opening in December include:

— Brant: Dec. 2 to Jan. 31, 2018.

— Waterfowl: Coots, mergansers: Dec. 8 to Jan. 27, 2018.

— Antlerless deer: Dec. 9-16, including Dec. 10.

— Canada geese, migratory: Dec. 15 to Feb. 3, 2018.

Trapping seasons opening in December include:

— Muskrat, mink, otter, raccoon, opossum, nutria: Dec. 1 to Mar. 10, 2018, New Castle County; Dec. 15 to Mar. 15, 2018, Kent and Sussex counties.

— Beaver trapping: Dec. 1 to Mar. 20, 2018.

— Red fox, coyote trapping: Dec. 1 to Mar. 10, 2018.

DNREC reminded hunters that, new this year, registered motor vehicles used to access designated public lands owned or managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife are required to display a Delaware Conservation Access Pass. Hunters can opt to receive one free annual vehicle pass with the purchase of any Delaware hunting license. To obtain a free CAP, or to purchase an additional pass, hunters will need to have the registration card for the vehicle to which the pass will be assigned.

Delaware hunting licenses, state waterfowl stamps and conservation access passes can be purchased at; at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office, 89 Kings Highway, Dover; or from hunting license dealers statewide. For hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird hunting stamp also is required to hunt waterfowl; federal stamps are available at U.S. Post Offices and at

For more, visit or call 739-9912.