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Furbearer Seasons & Bag Limits

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Furbearer Trapping Seasons

Species

Season

Muskrat, Mink, Otter

Raccoon,* Opossum, Nutria

New Castle County** Dec. 1- Mar. 10

Kent & Sussex Counties Dec.15 – Mar. 15

Beaver

Dec. 1 – Mar. 20***

Red Fox, Coyote

Dec. 1 – Mar. 10

Groundhog

July 1 – June 30

A trapping license is not required to trap groundhogs.

Furbearer Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits

Species

Season

Daily Limit

Note

Raccoon and
Opossum

Chase only season (no harvest allowed):

Sept. 2 – Oct. 31*

Mar. 2- Mar. 31

Hunting season:

Nov. 1-Feb. 29**

No Limit

* Chase Only Season: Season closed during the Oct. muzzleloader and Oct. antlerless deer seasons. See Deer Seasons for deer season dates.

** Hunting Season: Season closed during the Nov. Youth/Non-ambulatory Disabled Hunt and Nov. Shotgun deer seasons. Special hunting hours during the Dec. antlerless, Jan. handgun, Jan. shotgun, and Jan. muzzleloader seasons are 7:00 PM until midnight.

See Deer Seasons for deer season dates.

See Raccoons section on Furbearer Trapping & Hunting for special zone where season is open all year, except Sundays, including during the deer seasons listed above.

Raccoons and opossums may be hunted with compound, recurve, longbow, shotgun, or .22 caliber rimfire pistol.

Red Fox

Chase only season (no harvest allowed): Oct. 1 – Apr. 30*except season closed during deer shotgun, muzzleloader and antlerless seasons occuring Oct.
thru Dec.

Hunt:
Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 **

No Limit

*Season closed during the Oct. muzzleloader, Oct. antlerless, Nov. Youth/Non-ambulatory Disabled Hunt, Nov. Shotgun, and Dec. antlerless seasons. Season open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on private land only during the Jan. handgun, Jan. shotgun, and Jan, muzzlelaoder deer seasons provided the owner of the private land has authorized such fox chasing to occur thereon. See Deer Seasons for deer season dates.

** Red fox may be harvested with a compound, recurve, longbow, crossbow, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, rimfire or centerfire rifle up to .25 caliber.

Red fox may not be harvested with handguns or straight-walled pistol-caliber rifles.

See Furbearer Trapping & Hunting for firearm restrictions during firearms deer seasons.

Coyote

Sept. 2 – Feb. 28

No Limit

Coyotes may be harvested with compound, recurve, longbow, crossbow, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, rimfire, or centerfire rifle up to .25 caliber.

Coyotes may not be harvested with handguns or straight-walled pistol-caliber rifles.

See Furbearer Trapping & Hunting for firearm restrictions during firearms deer seasons.

Beaver

Dec. 2 – Mar. 20
Private Land Only
(see pg. 35)

8 per Season

Beavers may be hunted with shotguns, compound, recurve, or longbows.