Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Special waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced
Youth hunting day for waterfowl set for Oct. 4
DOVER (Oct. 3, 2013) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Non-ambulatory disabled hunters can also take advantage of these additional hunting opportunities on the deer and turkey dates, but not waterfowl, per federal requirements.
Mark your calendars for these dates:
- Saturday, Oct. 4 – Waterfowl hunting day for youth
- Saturday, Nov. 1 – Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
- Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 – Second waterfowl hunting day for youth
- Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Wild turkey hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
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 may also hunt during the regular seasons for all game, and must be accompanied by an adult. 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.
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving waterfowl blind and deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. Daily fees apply at all other times.
“These special youth hunting 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.”
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. 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 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. Adult companions must be licensed to hunt in Delaware or license exempt.
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. To sign up for the lottery, participating hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will hold its own lottery for its deer stands. Hunters also should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting. Adult companions must be licensed to hunt in Delaware or license exempt and may not possess a firearm during the hunt.
For turkey hunting, normal bag limits and regulations apply. All hunters 13 years of age and older must have taken a Delaware approved turkey hunter safety course. Adult companions must be licensed to hunt in Delaware and also must have taken a Delaware approved turkey safety course. Adult companions must be licensed to hunt in Delaware or license exempt and may not possess a firearm during the hunt.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.
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.
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 Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at Photo contest information, or www.facebook.com/delawarefishwildlife. Information also may be requested by calling 302-739-9911, or emailing Rachel.Weissenfluh@state.de.us.
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. 342