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2014 Delaware Turkey Check Stations Announced

Delaware's Spring 2014 Wild Turkey Season begins with a special hunt day for youth and disabled hunters on April 5th, follwed by the regular hunting season which runs from April 12 through May 10. Hunters are reminded to register their bird at any of these participating check station locations.



 New Wildlife Regulation Changes
Also, New Secretary's Order on Coyote Depredation

Effective January 11, 2014, new regulation changes have been implemented by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife. These changes relate to furbearer trapping and the management of coyotes, nutria, feral swine, red fox, and deer. In conjunction with these regulation changes, DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara also issued a Secretary's Order authorizing landowners to harvest coyotes in the unlikely event that they pose a threat to human safety, livestock or domestic animals.

To view the new regulation changes, visit the 
Wildlife Regulation Changes webpage, and also see the Secretary's Order on Coyote Depredation.

To learn more about coyotes and how to minimize problems with these animals, visit the Coyotes in Delaware webpage. 

Coyote, Nutria, Wild Pig


Delmarva Fox Squirrel Draft Conservation PlanDelmarva Fox Squirrel

The Delmarva Fox Squirrel is unique to the Delmarva Peninsula and was among the first species listed as federally endangered in 1967 under the Endangered Species Act. The species has since rebounded, but is still rare in Delaware. In an effort to put the Delaware population back on its feet, the Division of Fish & Wildlife has drafted a conservation plan.

View the Draft Conservation Plan.



Congratulations to the 2014 Fish & Wildlife
Hunting Photo Contest Winner! 2014 Photo Contest Winners

The 2014 hunting photo contest winning photo will appear in or on the 2014 hunting guide. To view the winning photos and contest details, visit the Fish & Wildlife Hunting Photo Contest webpage.



 2013-'14 Delaware Hunting/Trapping Guide

2013-14 Hunting/Trapping Guide


The 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide is available and can be found online or at your local licensing agent. To view the guide online, you may also click here.





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.

2014 Delaware Fishing Guide  


The 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide is available and can be found online or at your local licensing agent.



Related fishing news:

  • NOTICE: New black sea bass regulations in effect.
    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.
  • NOTICE: 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

  • NEW: 2013-2014 Artifical Reef Guide, click here.

  • NEW: Shark Identification Guide, click here 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.

Conservation & instructional info for all ages – Aquatic Resources Education Center, Hunting/Fishing Boating education, Becoming An Outdoors-Woman Program, Eco Explorers, Adopt-a-Wetland and more.

Delaware Shorebird Project, Delaware Amphibian Monitoring Program, Citizen Osprey Monitoring and more.

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

DNREC Public Meetings on the Statewide Calendar


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