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.
2016/17 Waterfowl Stamp
Artwork by Deanne Murry of Centralia, Wash.
2016 Delaware Trout Stamp
Artwork by Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn.
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
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
Hunter / 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: Click here
for new Fish Consumption Advisory for fish caught in the tidal Delaware River.
ADVISORY: Recreational hand or rake harvest of conch is prohibited. The 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 www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain a FIN number.
ADVISORY: Records Pond drawdown and restocking, click here for more information.
MORE NEWS from the Division of Fish & Wildlife:
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.