The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced that additional Delaware hunting seasons are opening in October, including expanded Sunday deer hunting opportunities.
Sunday deer hunting is allowed on Sundays through the end of the deer season Feb. 3, 2019, using only those hunting methods legal for the respective established deer hunting seasons. Refer to bit.ly/2emyE7f for Sunday deer hunting information, including hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas.
Hunting seasons opening in October:
— Snow goose: Oct. 3 through Feb. 2, 2019, and Feb. 9, 2019.
— Muzzleloader deer: Oct. 5-14, including Sundays.
— Antlerless deer: Oct. 15, 19-22 and 26-29, including Sundays.
— Youth waterfowl hunt: Saturday, Oct. 20.
— Ducks, coots and mergansers: first season split Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.
Continuing hunting seasons include:
— Moorhen, gallinule, sora, Virginia rail, king rail, and clapper rail: through Nov. 21.
— Common snipe: through Nov. 24 and Dec. 15 through Jan. 26, 2019.
— Archery and crossbow deer: through Jan. 31, 2019, including Sundays. Archery and crossbow can also be used Feb. 1-3 during the late muzzleloader deer season.
— Gray squirrel: through Feb. 2, 2019. Closed during November shotgun deer season.
— Coyote hunting season: through Feb. 28, 2019.
— Crows: through March 31, 2019, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
— Groundhog: through June 30, 2019.
A Delaware hunting license or license exempt number is required to hunt, and most waterfowl hunters are required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp. More information on hunting license and Delaware waterfowl stamp requirements is available at bit.ly/20myTRi. Waterfowl and other migratory game bird, except crow, hunters will need a federal Harvest Information Program number. To register for a HIP number or LEN number, visit egov.delaware.gov/htr or call 855-335-4868. For hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird stamp is also required to hunt waterfowl.
To purchase a hunting license, either in person or online, hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, must have a basic hunter education safety course card/number. Hunters who took a Delaware hunter safety course starting in 2008 can print their hunter safety card by going to de.gov/huntersafety. Hunters who took their Delaware hunter safety course before 2008 should call the Hunter Education Office at 735-3600, ext. 1, to obtain a hunter safety card.
Registered motor vehicles used to access designated wildlife areas owned or managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife are required to display a Conservation Access Pass. Hunters can opt to receive one free annual CAP with the purchase of any Delaware hunting license. To obtain a free CAP, or to purchase an additional pass, hunters will need the registration card for the vehicle to which the pass will be assigned.
Delaware hunting licenses, Delaware waterfowl stamps, and Conservation Access Passes can be purchased online; at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office, 89 Kings Highway, Dover; or from hunting license agents statewide. Federal migratory bird stamps are available at U.S. Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges and at bit.ly/1qoNpHF.
For more, visit eregulations.com/delaware/hunting.