Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Nov. 3 designated as special deer hunting day for youth, disabled hunters
DOVER (Nov. 1, 2012) – Youth hunters ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters are encouraged to come out for a special deer hunting day designated by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife on Saturday, Nov. 3 on public and private lands statewide. Division crews have worked clearing debris from Hurricane Sandy to ensure that wildlife areas are ready for weekend hunting.
To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, the Division has also designated a second waterfowl hunting day for youth and disabled hunters on Saturday, Dec. 8.
“These special days are an excellent opportunity for experienced 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.”
Youth deer hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older. Young hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and may also hunt on regular season days, accompanied by an adult. Youth hunters age 13 to 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license.
Hunting 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 http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Licenses.aspx.
For deer hunting, normal bag limits and regulations apply, and all deer taken must be registered. On state wildlife areas that require a lottery drawing for available deer stands, the drawing will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time. Participating hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up before the drawing. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge also will hold a lottery for any unfilled stands at the refuge and nearby Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. 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 waterfowl hunting, normal limits and duck hunting regulations apply. Standard daily duck bag limits apply, with hunters also permitted to harvest snow geese and two Canada geese. No state or federal waterfowl stamps are required for youth hunters. 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.
To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving waterfowl and deer blind or stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. Specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912.
For more information, check the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw.
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.
Vol. 42, No. 434