Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC designates Dec. 8 as special waterfowl hunting day for youth, disabled hunters
DOVER (Dec. 3, 2012) – Youth hunters ages 10 through 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters are encouraged to come out for a special waterfowl hunting day designated by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Saturday, Dec. 8 on public and private lands statewide.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older, and must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm. 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 Licenses. To promote youth hunting, DNREC is waiving waterfowl blind fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days.
Normal limits and duck hunting regulations apply. Standard daily duck bag limits apply, with hunters also permitted to harvest snow geese and Canada geese. No state or federal waterfowl/duck stamps are required. 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 two hours before legal shooting time to sign up for the lottery. Hunters should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting.
For more information, including daily limits and possession limits, check the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw, and the 2012-2013 Delaware Migratory Bird Season Summary at Waterfowl summary .
Specialized blinds 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 young Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Information and entry forms are available on the Division’s website at FW photo_contest, the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife) or requested by calling Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project 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.
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