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Wildlife Regulation Changes

 

Coyote - photo by Steve Thompson, USFWSNew wildlife regulations by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife went into effect January 11, 2014. These changes relate to furbearer trapping and the management of coyotes, red fox, nutria, feral swine, and deer.

Summary of the new changes:
For a complete list of new changes view the New Wildlife Regulations

Trapping

  • Numerous changes made concerning the use of cable restraints/snares
  • All traps must be tagged except those used to trap muskrats
  • Trappers must acquire written permission from landowners before trapping
  • Foot-encapsulating traps may be used
  • Foothold traps with a jaw spread of 6-1/2 inches or less may be set above the waterline. Foothold traps set above the waterline
    must have padded, offset, or laminated jaws.
  • Foothold traps set beneath the waterline may not have a jaw spread that exceeds 7-3/4 inches
  • The use of toothed or serrated jawed foothold traps is prohibitedNutria - photo by the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project
  • It shall be unlawful to disturb or tend someone else's traps without their permission
  • It shall be unlawful to set traps (except box or cage traps) within 10 feet of exposed meat used as bait
  • Definitions for: cable restraints, foothold traps, jaw spread, relaxing locks, and waterline

Coyotes

  • Hunting season: September 1 - February 28
  • Trapping season: December 1 - March 10
  • Anyone that harvests or traps a coyote must report the take to the Division of Fish & Wildlife by the close of business the following day. Harvest reports may be made by calling (302) 735-3600.
  • Secretary's Order on Coyote Depredation

Red Fox

  • Trapping season: December 1 - March 10

Nutria

  • Trapping season: December 1 - March 10
  • All nutria captured must be euthanized
  • Anyone that traps a nutria must report the take to the Division of Fish & Wildlife by the close of business the following day.
    Harvest reports may be made by calling (302) 735-3600.Wild Pig - photo by NASA

Feral Swine

  • It shall be unlawful to release swine into the wild
  • Farmers with captive swine are required to notify the State if swine escape and can't be captured within 72 hours
  • It shall be illegal to kill feral swine unless authorized by the Division
  • It shall be illegal to recreationally hunt feral swine or charge a fee for the purpose of hunting feral swine

Deer

  • Hunters will now receive four antlerless deer tags when they purchase a hunting license rather than two antlerless deer tags and two doe tags
  • A future method for hunters to validate harvested deer (Deer Harvest Report Card) has been established but this change will not be immediately implemented
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