Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Feb. 7 designated waterfowl hunting day for youth hunters
DOVER (Feb. 3, 2015) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities for youth hunters, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Feb. 7 as the second of two special waterfowl hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 to be held on both public and private lands statewide.
“These special youth waterfowl hunting 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “Hunting is an exciting outdoor activity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”
Youth hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and must be accompanied by a licensed or license-exempt adult hunter age 21 or older. Youth hunters age 13 through 15 must have completed a hunter education course, obtained a certification card and purchased a Delaware junior hunting license. No state or federal stamps are required for youth hunters.
Hunting licenses can be purchased from the Fish & Wildlife licensing desk at DNREC’s main office in Dover, from license agents throughout the state, or online at Delaware Licenses. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving waterfowl blind lottery permit fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth waterfowl hunting days.
On state wildlife areas with lotteries, 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. All other state wildlife areas are open on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the regulations printed on each area’s hunting map. Hunters should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting.
On youth waterfowl hunting days, standard daily bag limits apply, with youth hunters also permitted to harvest snow geese and two Canada geese.
For more information on waterfowl hunting in Delaware, click on 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the 2014-2015 Migratory Game Bird Seasons, or call the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912. The guide and the migratory bird season summary also are available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk at 89 Kings Highway, or from license agents 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.
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