Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Feb. 8 designated waterfowl hunting day for youth, disabled hunters
DOVER (Jan. 29, 2014) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Feb. 8 as the second of two special waterfowl hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 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. Youth hunters age 13 through 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. No state or federal stamps are required for youth hunters.
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 waterfowl blind fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days.
“These special days are an excellent opportunity for seasoned 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.”
All state and federal regulations apply, as do standard daily duck bag limits, 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.
Specialized blinds and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, consult the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide at Hunting guide online, or call the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912. Hard copies of the guide are available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or from license dealers statewide. For wildlife area-specific regulations, click Delaware Hunting Maps.
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. 44, No. 25