From the Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife
Hunting and trapping provides countless opportunities to connect people to the outdoors while supporting thousands of related jobs vital to our economy. Your Division of Fish and Wildlife manages wildlife populations and their habitats and provides hunting access to ensure quality hunting and trapping into the future.
There is however a silent and growing threat to our valued wildlife — invasive species such as the nutria which are introduced to or colonize Delaware and cause damage to our native wildlife and habitats. You can help battle invasive species by reporting any that you observe and by not releasing non-native wildlife into the wild. To learn more about Delaware’s invasive wildlife, check out our “Aliens in Our Midst” article in DNREC’s Outdoor Delaware magazine by visiting www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/Pages/OutdoorDelaware.aspx.
New hunters and trappers are needed to carry our traditions and conservation ethic into the future. The Division promotes youth hunting as part of Delaware’s Children in Nature initiative through special youth waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting days and by waiving waterfowl blind and deer stand fees on our public wildlife areas. The rewards of introducing a child to hunting are evident on this year’s cover showing three generations of hunters enjoying a family day afield, a memory that can lead to a lifelong hunting passion and tradition. Check page 10 for other photographs of young hunters in action. The future of hunting, conservation and the outdoors depends on you Taking a Kid Hunting.
I hope to see you outdoors and wish you a memorable, safe and productive hunting and trapping season…
David E. Saveikis
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.