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Essential NEWS AND REMINDERS FOR THE HUNTING/Trapping SEASON

DIGITAL DNREC

A new licensing, harvest reporting, and hunter education is available to hunters and anglers. For more information, see Digital DNREC.

CONSERVATION ACCESS PASS

All registered motor vehicles used to access State Wildlife Areas must have a Conservation Access Pass. A Pass will be issued free to hunters, if requested, with the purchase of a hunting license. See Licensing & Permits for more information.

Feral Swine Regulations

  • It shall be unlawful to release swine (pigs) into the wild, charge a fee for the purpose of killing swine, or shoot swine without first obtaining a permit from the Division.

FALCONRY SEASONS (HUNTING WITH THE AID OF A FALCON)

  • For falconry season dates and bag limits, please contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at (302) 735-3600.

License Exempt Hunters

  • Hunters and trappers that are license exempt are required to obtain an annual License Exempt Number (LEN) at no cost. Hunters can obtain a LEN by visiting a license agent or by visiting https://de.gov/DigitalDNREC. LENs will no longer be issued through the toll-free Hunter and Trapper Registration phone system.

See Licensing & Permits for more information.

Hunter Registration
System

  • Hunters and trappers that need to register a harvested deer or obtain a HIP Number, or Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit Number may do so by visiting https://de.gov/DigitalDNREC or by calling the toll free number 1-855-DEL-HUNT (1-855-335-4868). Note that License Exempt Numbers are no longer available through the phone potion of the Hunter Registration System and are only available online and can now be obtained where hunting licenses are sold. If you have problems with these systems, call (302) 735-3600 or (302) 739-9918 during normal business hours (8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.) Monday – Friday.

SUNDAY DEER HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES

See the Deer Hunting Section for more information.

POTENTIAL REGULATION CHANGES

At the time of printing, the Division of Fish & Wildlife was considering changes to regulations that would change statewide hunting and trapping regulations as well as rules concerning the use of State Wildlife Areas. Please check the Division’s website prior to the hunting and trapping seasons to determine the outcome of these proposed changes. www.de.gov/fw