To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated three upcoming Saturdays as special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.
Mark your calendars for these dates:
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
Saturday, Nov. 2 – Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 – Second waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older. Youth hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and may also hunt on regular season days, accompanied by an adult. Youth hunters age 13 to 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license.
Licenses can be purchased from the Fish and Wildlife licensing desk at DNREC’s main office in Dover, from license dealers throughout the state, or online at Delaware Licenses. No state or federal stamps are required for youth hunters. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving waterfowl blind and deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days.
“These special days are an excellent opportunity for experienced adult hunters to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation, thereby continuing one of Delaware’s great conservation and outdoor recreation traditions,” said David Saveikis, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Director. “Hunting is an exciting outdoor activity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”
For waterfowl hunting, normal limits and duck hunting regulations apply. Standard daily duck bag limits apply, with hunters also permitted to harvest snow geese and two Canada geese. On state wildlife areas, a lottery drawing for waterfowl blinds will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time, except for Little Creek Wildlife Management Area which holds its drawing two hours before legal shooting time. Hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up for the drawing. Hunters should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting.
For deer hunting, normal 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, the drawing will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time. To sign up for the lottery, participating hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time. The drawing for Woodland Beach Wildlife Area deer stands will be held at the Woodland Beach checking station; Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will hold its own separate lottery for its deer stands. Hunters also should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting.
For more information, check the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at 2013 Hunting Guide.
Specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife also would like to remind hunters to take their cameras, as youth hunting days are a great opportunity for taking photos to be entered in the Division’s annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The contest is seeking photos of Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at Photo contest information, or www.facebook.com/delawarefishwildlife. Information also may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.