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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Hunters and trappers encouraged
to use online registration system

Those who register online will be entered in drawing for donated Cabela’s gift cards 

DOVER (Aug. 26, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s upgraded and improved Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system has hit bull’s eye with its targeted users since it was introduced last year – and the Division has been pleased with how swiftly it operates, too. “We’ve heard very positive feedback from hunters about how easy and convenient it is to use the updated HTR system. From an agency perspective, we’ve definitely noticed fewer calls from individuals having problems trying to register a deer or obtain a permit since we started using the new system. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Matt DiBona, Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Last season, the HTR system processed more than 25,000 registrations for hunters and trappers, expediting it for hunters and trappers to register harvested deer, obtain required Harvest Information Program (HIP) numbers to hunt migratory birds, obtain a License Exempt Number (LEN) for those hunters and trappers exempt from needing a license, register for the snow goose conservation order, and report snow goose conservation order harvests. 

Hunters and trappers can access the system at The system was designed with a mobile-first approach, enabling its use on smartphones and tablets, as well as laptops and desktop computers. DNREC’s goal of offering services both online and on mobile devices makes HTR relevant and convenient to those who love the outdoors and need access in the field.

Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative have the option to call 1-855-DELHUNT (1-855-335-4868). However, using the website instead of the live customer service phone number to access the HTR system is a cost-savings measure that helps the Division direct more funding to on-the-ground habitat conservation and management, and to public hunting areas.

“As an added incentive to entice hunters to access the system online rather than making a phone call, we will be randomly selecting 20 hunters or trappers throughout the season to receive a donated  $50 gift card to Cabela’s,” said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe Rogerson with the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Only hunters and trappers who access the HTR system online will be entered into the drawings.”

With Delaware’s hunting season set to open on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1, the first drawing for gift cards took place on Aug. 25. The winners accessed the HTR system online using their smartphone, tablet, or computer, and each will receive a donated $50 Cabela’s gift card. 

The first four winners are: Ronald Huff, Smyrna; Martin Manship Jr., Milton; Harry Moore, Lewes; and Ray Welk, New Holland, Pa.

“Congratulations to our first winners. We thank them and all hunters and trappers who choose to access our system online,” said DNREC Wildlife Section Administrator Rob Hossler. “We will continue to conduct drawings throughout the season, so just remember if you want to be eligible for future gift card drawings, you must access our HTR system using the internet rather than using the telephone option.”  

For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. For information about the HTR system and gift card lottery, see page 20. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.

Delaware’s Hunter and Trapper Registration system is a collaborative effort between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Government Information Center, and Delaware Interactive, LLC.

Vol. 44, No. 25
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