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

Statewide muzzleloader deer hunting season to open Oct. 10, coyote hunting season remains open
More donated gift card winners selected from hunters who use online registration system

DOVER (Oct. 9, 2014) – The October muzzleloader deer hunting season opens on Friday, Oct. 10 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 18, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

“Of all Delaware’s deer seasons, while the November shotgun season is definitely the most popular, the October muzzleloader season is one of the favorites and most productive for many hunters,” said Wildlife Biologist Joe Rogerson. “Throughout the various deer seasons through January, we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest more than 13,000 deer, with approximately 1,500 deer taken during the upcoming October muzzleloader season.” 

Deer must be tagged immediately after harvest, and tags must remain attached until the deer is processed. Delaware hunting licenses come with four antlerless deer tags but additional antlerless deer tags may be purchased online or from license agents for $10. Hunter’s Choice tags, which may be used on antlered or antlerless deer, also may be purchased by resident hunters for $10. Hunter’s Choice tags come with a Quality Buck tag, which can only be used on an antlered deer with a minimum outside antler spread of 15 inches. Non-residents may purchase an Antlered Deer Tag and a Quality Buck Tag for $25 each. Hunters are permitted to harvest a maximum of two antlered bucks for all seasons combined. All other deer taken must be antlerless.

Hunters are reminded that they must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest. However, if a hunter plans to take their deer to a butcher or taxidermist, they also must register their deer before dropping the animal off, as the registration number will be required before the deer can be accepted. Hunters who butcher their own deer must likewise register the deer within 24 hours of harvest or before processing, whichever comes first.

Hunters may register deer by visiting the Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system online at using their smartphone, tablet, or computer. Along with allowing hunters to register a deer, the HTR system allows hunters to obtain the required Harvest Information Program (HIP) numbers for the purpose of hunting migratory birds, obtain a License Exempt Number (LEN) for those hunters and/or trappers who are exempt from having to purchase a license, register for the snow goose conservation order, and report snow goose harvests. 

Those who prefer to register their deer through a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-DELHUNT (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 of Fish & Wildlife direct more funding to on-the-ground habitat conservation and management, and to public hunting areas.

As an added incentive for hunters to access the HTR system online rather than by phone, the Division of Fish & Wildlife will randomly select 20 hunters or trappers throughout the season to receive a donated $50 gift card to Cabela’s. Only hunters and trappers who access the HTR system online will be entered into these drawings. 

The first drawing for gift card winners took place on Aug. 25, with four lucky hunters randomly selected to receive a donated $50 gift card to Cabela’s. A second drawing was held Oct. 3, and the following individuals who accessed the HTR system online were selected to receive a donated $50 gift card to Cabela’s: Stephen Iverson, Camden; John Morris, Magnolia; Ronald Sams, Millsboro; and Kevin Taylor, Georgetown.

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

Hunters are reminded that Delaware’s coyote hunting season opened on Sept. 1 and will run through Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Coyote trapping season will run from Monday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, March 10, 2015. All coyotes harvested by hunting or trapping must be reported to the Division of Fish & Wildlife within one business day of harvest to provide data on coyote abundance and distribution that will help guide the division’s scientific management of the coyote population. Coyotes may be registered by calling 302-735-3600, ext. 2. 

The coyote is a non-native species that has recently expanded its natural range to Delaware. The state’s new coyote hunting and trapping regulations are based on modern wildlife management science and are designed to manage the coyote population at a biologically and social acceptable level. Coyotes, which are scattered throughout the state, can have impacts on native wildlife species and domestic animals, with both positive and negative impacts on native wildlife possible.

Delaware residents age 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages 13 through 15. Some license requirements differ for non-resident 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. For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.

For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if planning to hunt on wildlife areas. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state. The maps are available in hard copy at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and online at Delaware Hunting Maps.

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

Vol. 44, No. 352
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