Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Special youth waterfowl hunting day set for Oct. 17
DOVER (Oct. 14, 2015) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Oct. 17 as the first of two waterfowl hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 on both public and private lands statewide.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older, and 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 hunter education certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. No state or federal stamps are required for youth hunters. Youth hunters age 10 through 12 must possess a license exempt number and may take a hunter education course.
Standard daily waterfowl bag limits and hunting regulations apply. Youth hunters also are 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 at Augustine, Cedar Swamp, Woodland Beach, Ted Harvey and Assawoman, and two hours before legal shooting time at Little Creek Wildlife Area. Hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up for the drawing. All other state wildlife areas that do not have lotteries but that allow waterfowl hunting are also open on the youth day. 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.
Three additional youth hunting days scheduled for the 2015/16 season are:
- Saturday, Nov. 7 – Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
- Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 – Second waterfowl hunting day for youth
- Saturday, April 2, 2016 – Wild turkey hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving lottery waterfowl blind and deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. These daily blind and stand fees apply at all other times.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. 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. For information on specific wildlife areas, click Delaware Hunting Maps. Printed maps also are available at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk.
The Division of Fish & 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, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Information and forms are available on the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website or may be requested by calling Lynne Pusey at 302-735-3600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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