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Fishing photo contest now open: Submit your entries!

The Division of Fish & Wildlife's fishing photo contest is accepting entries May 15 through October 31, 2015. The winning photo will appear in or on the cover of the 2016 fishing guide. This year's theme is "Anglers in Action".

For past winners and contest details visit the Fish & Wildlife Photo Contest webpage.


Winners of 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl
and 2016 Trout Stamp contests announced 

The 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl and 2016 Trout Stamp winning artwork was chosen on April 23 in a competition held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. Congratulations to Deanne Murry of Centralia, Wash., whose painting of green-winged teal with a yellow Labrador retriever was chosen for the 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp, and to Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn., whose brown trout painting was chosen for the 2016 Delaware Trout Stamp. 

To learn more about the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and to view the other winning waterfowl artwork, click here.

To learn more about the Delaware Trout Stamp and to view the other winning trout artwork, click here.

 Artwork by Deanne Murry of Centralia, Wash.

Artwork by Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn. 

2016/17 Waterfowl Stamp
Artwork by Deanne Murry of Centralia, Wash.

 2016 Delaware Trout Stamp
Artwork by Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn


Thank you Delaware hunters and anglers!
Did you know? 
How wildlife and fisheries conservation is funded, and how hunting, fishing and boating support Delaware's economy

The Division of Fish & Wildlife's wildlife and fisheries programs receive most of their funding from hunting and fishing license funds combined with Federal Pittman-Robertson and Wallop-Breaux trust funds generated from hunter and angler equipment purchases, respectively.  

To learn more about the role that hunters and anglers play in supporting conservation and Delaware's economy, check out The Economics of Hunting, Fishing and Boating.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife thanks Delaware hunters and anglers for supporting conservation and the First State's economy!  


Division of Fish & Wildlife hunting and
trapping proposed license fee increases

The Division of Fish & Wildlife hosted workshops last December to review revenue shortfalls and proposed license fee increases to Delaware hunting and trapping licenses. While the proposed fee increases were not approved, the Division continues to investigate other options. We thank all of the individuals who attended the workshops and provided input on the fee proposal.   

Information from the fee workshops:



 2015-'16 Delaware Hunting/Trapping Guide

2015-16 Hunting/Trapping Guide


The 2015-'16 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide is available and can be found online or at your local licensing agent. 




You're just one click away from an easy way to register your deer, obtain a Hunter Information Program Number (HIP) or a License Exempt Hunter/Trapper Number (LEN), or get a Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit. Click here to begin! 


Hunter Education

Delaware Safe and Ethical Hunter LogoHunter / Trapper Education Access, where you can:
• Find a hunter education course;
• Sign up for hunter education courses;
• Enter or update your personal contact information, and
• Print your Hunter Education Certification Card.

Upcoming Hunter/Trapper Courses

Take a Course Online!
Hunter Education Internet course options can be found on the Hunter Education Website.

ADVISORY: Delaware law now requires live firing of a shotgun as part of basic hunter education. If you are about to sign up for a basic hunter ed. course, please download, complete and mail in the new liability release. Please note the release requires the signature of students 18 years old or older, or of parents / guardians of hunter ed. students under the age of 18.

2015 Delaware Fishing Guide  


The 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide is available and can be found online or at your local licensing agent.



Related fishing news:

  • ADVISORY: NMFS emergency action for blueline tilefish. Click here for more information.

  • UPDATED: Delaware's artificial reefs receive SMZ designation. Click here for more information.
  • ADVISORY: Recreational striped bass regulation changes. Click here for more information.

  • UPDATED: Black sea bass fishing sesason adjusted. Click here for more information.

  • UPDATED: This week's Delaware Fishing Report.

  • UPDATED: Click here for new Fish Consumption Advisory for fish caught in the tidal Delaware River.

  • ADVISORY: Recreational hand or rake harvest of conch is prohibitedThe Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds recreational fishermen that harvest of “conchs” (channeled whelk Busycotypus canaliculatus and knobbed whelk Busycon carica) by hand or rake methods of take is strictly prohibited. Recreational harvest of conch is permitted with the use of conch pots in accordance with Delaware Code Title 7, Chapter 28 and DNREC Administrative Code 3710. Click here for more information, or call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

  • ADVISORY:The required FIN (Fisherman Information Network) number for Delaware anglers is generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through the state's electronic licensing systems. Exempt anglers, non-resident boat license holders without an individual license and anglers fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license still have to or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain a FIN number.  

Fisheries updates:

ADVISORY: Records Pond drawdown and restocking, click here for more information.

MORE NEWS from the Division of Fish & Wildlife: Early successional plant community
  • Delaware Artifical Reef Guide, click here.
  • NEW: Shark Identification Guide, clickhere for more information.
  • ALERT: New summer flounder regulations in effect, click here for more information.
  • Crop Damage Assistance Program - applications available.
  • Division of Fish & Wildlife photo contest winners announced. Click here to see winning photos.
  • ALERT: DNREC's Fisheries section seeks information on catches of invasive northern snakehead fish. Click here for more information.


Advisory Councils
The Councils are appointed the by the Governor and serve in an advisory capacity to DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife on matters concerning the formation of regulations.

Information for hunters – seasons, guides, maps and more. Conservation and education – Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, the Delaware Shorebird Monitoring Project and more.

Info for anglers – access areas, guides, maps and more. Conservation and education – Artificial Reef program, Aquatic Resources Education Center, Trout Stamp Program, Fish Consumption advisories and more.

Licenses, Permits & Registrations
Hunting and fishing licenses, trapping permits, LEN and HIP numbers, register a deer, boat registrations, commercial fishing information and more.

Fishing and boating access areas, boating safety classes, Operation Game Theft, Canine Program, Vessel Safety Check Stations and more.

Mosquito Control
Mosquito spraying announcements, mosquitoes and homeowners, West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases, Northern Delaware Wetlands Rehabilitation Program and more.

Education, Volunteering & Contests
Information on the DuPont Nature Center, Aquatic Resource Education Center, Hunter Education, Boating Education, Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, Photo Contests, Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Contests, and volunteering.

An alphabetical list of all topics within the Division of Fish & Wildlife.

DNREC Public Meetings on the Statewide Calendar


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