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Deer, dove, and resident Canada goose hunting seasons
now open, with special teal season to start Friday, Sept. 9
Early-season hunting opportunities found on state wildlife areas

DOVER – Delaware’s 2016/17 hunting seasons opened Sept. 1 with archery and crossbow deer seasons, and the mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons on private lands and state wildlife areas.An early season Canada goose retrieved near Little Creek. Hunters can start adding teal to their bag on Friday, Sept. 9, when the Special September Teal Season opens in certain areas indicated in the 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide. The daily teal bag limit is six birds, and includes both green-winged and blue-winged teal, with a possession limit of 18 birds.

General Migratory Bird Hunting Information for the 2016/17 season

September season dates and legal hunting hours except for certain wildlife areas are:

  • Doves*: Sept. 1-Oct. 1 (½ hour before sunrise to sunset)
  • Resident Canada Geese: Sept. 1-24 (½ hour before sunrise to sunset)
  • Teal: Sept. 9-27 (½ hour before sunrise to sunset)

For later dove seasons and other migratory game bird seasons, hunters should consult the 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife offers many early-season hunting opportunities on wildlife areas throughout the state. In some locations, hunting hours may be affected by other activities taking place on the wildlife areas.

* REMINDER: Non-toxic shot must be used for all dove hunting on state wildlife areas during the month of September.

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