House Bill 401 has been adopted into law to increase fees for most hunting and trapping licenses and establish a motor vehicle Conservation Access Pass to be purchased to access state wildlife areas for non-hunting activities such as bird-watching, wildlife photography and horseback riding. The new fees, effective July 1, 2017, can be viewed at Wildlife Program Fees.
The Wildlife Program Services and Funding Fact Sheet provides an overview of how funding is used and why a fee increase for additional funding was needed for statewide wildlife conservation and to maintain quality state wildlife areas.
The Division’s Report to the General Assembly summarizes the Division of Fish & Wildlife's public outreach process and Council on Game and Fish approval. You may also view the video Delaware’s Wildlife & Wild Places Need Your Support to learn more.
More information on why additional funding for wildlife program services was needed and on the public workshops that sought public input on fee increases can be found at the links below. Note that some of the information in these documents regarding possible fees and other information has changed since first presented in January 2016.