Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife designates
Nov. 2 as special deer hunting day for youth, disabled hunters
DOVER (Oct. 25, 2013) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Nov. 2 as a special deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 years of age and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.
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 through 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. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days.
“Our youth hunting days are an excellent opportunity for experienced adult hunters to share their knowledge and skills 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.”
Normal bag limits and regulations apply, and all deer taken must be registered; for more information, please visit Hunting Registration. 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. New this year: 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.
Specialized stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912, or check the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at 2013 Hunting Guide. For wildlife area-specific regulations, click Delaware Hunting Maps.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds 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.Vol. 43, No. 416