Conservation Access Passes
Effective July 1, 2017, a Conservation Access Pass is required for any registered motor vehicle used to access designated Delaware State Wildlife Areas for any allowable activity, including hunting, birdwatching, hiking and photography.
The Conservation Access Pass will help the Division of Fish & Wildlife maintain and improve these areas for hunting, wildlife viewing and wildlife photography. These funds will also help support habitat improvements on State Wildlife Areas.
A FREE annual Conservation Access Pass will be provided with the purchase of a hunting license. In order to receive a free Conservation Access Pass the hunter must present a vehicle registration card at the time of the hunting license purchase. The Conservation Access Pass is assigned to a single specified registered motor vehicle and may be transferred to another registered motor vehicle of the same ownership for a fee of $10.00 only through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Recreational Licensing Office 302-739-9918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a free Conservation Access Pass is not selected during the purchase of the hunting license, one may be obtained by contacting the Division of Fish & Wildlife Recreational Licensing Office and providing the hunter’s driver’s license, hunting license and a vehicle registration card. Requests are processed in the order they are received and may take up to four weeks.
The Conservation Access Pass must be displayed in the assigned vehicle as described on the Pass.
The Pass is available annually July 1 – June 30 and is valid from the date of the hunting license purchase until June 30. The non-resident 3 day hunting license receives a free annual Pass.
License exempt hunters not purchasing a hunting license who use a motor vehicle to access State Wildlife Areas must purchase the Pass.
Hunters who are issued a free Pass may purchase additional Passes if they use multiple vehicles throughout the year to access State Wildlife Areas where the Pass is required. The Conservation Access Pass may be purchased online, at authorized license agents throughout the state or at the Division’s licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE. Remember to have your vehicle registration card available at the time of purchase. Please visit www.de.gov/fw to purchase the Pass online or to find a complete list of authorized license agents. If you have questions about purchasing the Pass, please call the Division’s Recreational Licensing Office at (302)739-9918.
Hunters using a motor vehicle to access a State Wildlife Area to hunt from a waterfowl blind or deer stand must also have the Pass displayed in the vehicle. See Public Lands for more information.
State Wildlife Areas exempt from the Conservation Access Pass include the C & D Canal Conservation Area, including the Michael N. Castle Trail, designated fishing and boating access areas, educational facilities and shooting ranges. Additional areas may also be exempt. For a complete list of areas where the Pass is required or areas where the Pass is exempt, please visit our website www.de.gov/fw or call the Division’s Wildlife Section at (302)739-9912.
A Conservation Access Pass shall not be required to access applicable lands leased from the Department, provided access is for the purpose for which such lands are leased. For more information on furbearer trapping leases see Furbearer Trapping for State Wildlife Areas.
State Wildlife Areas Requiring a Vehicle Conservation Access Pass
Assawoman Wildlife Area (including the Okie Preserve)
- Except to launch a boat, fish or crab at Sassafras and Mulberry Landing boating access areas, Strawberry Landing dock and pavilion, and Memorial Pond
Augustine Wildlife Area
- Except Augustine Beach boating access area
Blackiston Wildlife Area
Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area
- Except Collins Beach boating access area
Eagles Nest Wildlife Area
Industrial Forest Land Wildlife Area – Barr and Laurel Complexes
Little Creek Wildlife Area
- Except Port Mahon boating access area, DNREC Offices
Marshy Hope Wildlife Area
McGinnis Pond Wildlife Area
- Except McGinnis Pond boating access area
Midlands Wildlife Area
Milford Neck Wildlife Area
- Except DuPont Nature Center and Cedar Creek boating access area
Nanticoke Wildlife Area
- Except Phillips Landing boating access area
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area (including the C&R Center)
Old Furnace Wildlife Area
- Except Concord Pond boating access area
Prime Hook Wildlife Area
Tappahanna Wildlife Area
Ted Harvey Conservation Area
- Except Scottons Landing boating access area and the Logan Lane Fishing Pond
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area
- Except Woodland Beach boating access area, fishing pier, Aquatic Resources Education Center and associated fishing ponds
A Conservation Access Pass is not required to access the C&D Canal Conservation Area including the Michael N. Castle Trail.
Fishing access areas listed in the Delaware Fishing Guide do not require a Conservation Access Pass, except for certain non-fishing/boating uses at Assawoman Wildlife Area as indicated above.
Please refer to area specific maps available online at www.de.gov/fw , the DNREC building in Dover, or call the Wildlife section at 302-739-9912 for allowable activities on each Wildlife Area.
The following rules and regulations apply to all wildlife areas owned or managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife unless otherwise authorized by written permit from the Director or regional office. For additional area specific rules please see the respective State Wildlife Area map.
- Effective July 1, 2017, a Conservation Access Pass is required for any registered motor vehicle used to access designated Delaware State Wildlife Areas for any allowable activities, including hunting, birdwatching, hiking and photography.
- Entry is permitted between sunrise and sunset unless lawfully hunting, fishing or boating.
- All lands administered by the Division are Carry-In / Carry-Out. Littering or dumping trash including yard waste is prohibited.
- The following activities are prohibited on State Wildlife Areas:
- Damaging or defacing buildings, equipment, structures, signs or land features
- Operating radio controlled devices, including drones, or the launching of model rockets
- Allowing dogs to run off leash. See #16 below for dog training and hunting information
- Open fires of any type
- Posting signs, banners or notices of any type
- Vending or soliciting of any type
- Cutting or removing firewood
- Placing caches or letterboxes
- Cutting, injuring or removing trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, mosses or other plants
- Collecting and/or removing any wildlife species unless lawfully hunting, trapping or fishing
- Operating unlicensed vehicles, motor vehicles off of established roadways or driving in excess of 20 MPH
- Parking in a manner that blocks access to a road, trail, or boat ramp. Violators will be towed at owner’s expense
- Leaving a vehicle or trailer unattended for more than 24 hours
- Licensed fishing is permitted according to area specific rules established on current area maps.
- Horses and bicycles may only be ridden on maintained roads or trails that have been designated by the Division on current area maps.
- Hunting is permitted in season and in accordance with state laws, regulations, and rules as specified on current wildlife area maps.
- Placement of temporary deer stands that involve placing nails or screws into trees is prohibited. See respective area maps for which areas allow use of temporary stands.
- Non-residents are prohibited from participating in deer drives. No more than six (6) resident hunters may participate in driving deer at any one time.
- Possessing firearms while on any dike is prohibited unless crossing or traversing the dike to access a Division authorized deer stand or waterfowl blind.
- Entering tidal and/or impounded waters managed by the Division is prohibited during the waterfowl season unless lawfully hunting or trapping.
- Persons who possess, consume, or are under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages are prohibited from hunting or possessing firearms.
- Firearms are prohibited on lands and waters administered by the Division between March 1 and August 31 unless lawfully hunting or dog training within a designated dog training area.
- The discharge of any firearm including paintball guns, air rifles, bows, and crossbows is prohibited unless lawfully hunting.
- Trapping is prohibited except by valid contract or permit holders.
- Dog training is prohibited except within established dog training areas, during the open hunting season for the game that the dog is being trained to hunt, or in accordance with rules established on current area maps.
Conservation Access Pass
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