Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces
arrival of 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide
Hunters, trappers reminded to buy a 2013-2014 license
DOVER (Aug. 6, 2013) The Division of Fish and Wildlife is excited to announce publication of the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. This year’s cover features the winning photograph in the Division’s 2012 Hunting Photography Contest, “Three Generations” by Robin James of Middletown. The guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s licensing desk in the Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, and online at 2013 Hunting Guide.
New features include: a summary of the 2012-2013 deer harvest; a request for volunteers to participate in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual turkey brood survey; and an update on chronic wasting disease (CWD), an illness affecting deer populations in neighboring states and something all Delaware hunters should be aware of if they hunt deer out-of-state.
Hunters and trappers are encouraged to review the guide before heading afield this fall. Season dates for the 2013-2014 hunting and trapping seasons are provided, as well as a summary of Delaware laws and regulations pertaining to legal harvest of game species. Migratory game bird seasons have not been finalized and will be published separately at a later date. Readers can also find information on licensing/permit requirements, hunting opportunities on public lands, and classes on hunting and trapping offered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program.
Licenses and waterfowl stamps for the 2013-2014 hunting and trapping seasons went on sale July 1. “Licenses may be purchased from more than 85 authorized license agents located throughout the state, or online by visiting us at www.fw.delaware.gov,” said Candace Dunning, Recreational License Program coordinator, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Delaware residents age 16 or older and under the age of 65 and non-residents age 16 or older must purchase an adult license to hunt in Delaware. A junior hunting license is available for youths age 13 through 15. Hunters and trappers who are exempt from purchasing a license must obtain an annual, free License Exempt Number (LEN). Hunters who plan to pursue migratory gamebirds such as ducks, geese and doves, must remember to register for an annual, free Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Hunters who are not exempt must purchase a waterfowl stamp to hunt ducks or geese.
Hunters who enjoy hunting on state wildlife areas should note that a $20 State Wildlife Area Deer Stand/Waterfowl Blind Lottery Permit (formally referred to as the Public Land Use Permit) is required for any hunter using a state deer stand and or waterfowl blind acquired through a daily lottery.
“New for the 2013-14 hunting season, this permit will be linked to your hunting license or LEN number at the time of purchase. So if you purchase your permit at a later date, please remember to bring your hunting license or LEN number with you,” Dunning said.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife also has introduced a new and improved version of the Hunter and Trapper Registration System (HTR) that makes obtaining license numbers or registering a deer harvest easier than ever. Developed in partnership with the State’s Government Information Center and Delaware Interactive, the new system offers a choice between using the mobile-friendly website, and a phone system with a live customer service representative available to assist callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, replacing the previously-automated phone registration system. The new HTR system allows users to easily obtain a HIP or LEN number or to register their deer harvest from convenience of their smartphones, tablets or PCs.
“The HTR System was created as part of the statewide e-government efforts aimed at making state government more efficient,” said Greg Hughes, director of the Delaware Government Information Center.
To use the new HTR system, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt, or for a live customer service representative, please call 855-335-4868 (855-DELHUNT).
For more information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9912, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.
Vol. 43, No. 305