Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Government shutdown to impact
hunting access to federal lands in Delaware
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife notes national wildlife refuge closures
DOVER (Oct. 3, 2013) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is alerting hunters that due to the temporary shutdown of the Federal Government, hunting access provided through DNREC to Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges will be suspended until Congress reconvenes and passes a federal budget or another continuing resolution to fund government programs.
“Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges are closed to the public, which means that hunters will not be able to access these federal lands until the federal shutdown is resolved, and this includes access normally managed by the Division in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis.
The federal shutdown does not affect Delaware’s state-owned wildlife areas, which will be open for all traditional activities, including Saturday’s waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters. Waterfowl hunting opportunities for youth and disabled hunters will be available at all state wildlife areas that normally provide waterfowl hunting. For more information on the Oct. 5 waterfowl hunting day for youth and disabled hunters, click on this recent press release: Special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced.
Hunters using the state area at Prime Hook are cautioned that blinds will not be issued through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge system check-in process. Prime Hook state area blinds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with access to federal lands prohibited.
During the federal shutdown period, access also will be prohibited to a portion of the Little Creek Wildlife Area’s Davey Crockett Tract that is owned by Bombay Hook. Although the property is managed by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife through a cooperative agreement, these lands belong to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are closed as result of the shutdown.
For specific details regarding hunting regulations for a particular state wildlife area, check state wildlife area maps and wildlife area-specific regulations at Delaware Hunting Maps. Hard copies of the maps are also available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway.
For additional information, please contact the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.
Vol. 43, No. 387