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CONSERVATION ACCESS PASS

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 dfwreclic@state.de.us.

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.

State Wildlife Areas exempt from the Conservation Access Pass include 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 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

C&D Canal Conservation Area

  • Except Michael N. Castle Trail and associated parking lots and access roads

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

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.

GENERAL

  1. 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.
  2. Entry is permitted between sunrise and sunset unless lawfully hunting, fishing or boating.
  3. All lands administered by the Division are Carry-In / Carry-Out. Littering or dumping trash including yard waste is prohibited.
  4. 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
    • Camping
    • Open fires of any type
    • Swimming
    • 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
  5. Licensed fishing is permitted according to area specific rules established on current area maps.
  6. Horses and bicycles may only be ridden on maintained roads or trails that have been designated by the Division on current area maps.

    HUNTING/TRAPPING

  7. Hunting is permitted in season and in accordance with state laws, regulations, and rules as specified on current wildlife area maps.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Possessing firearms while on any dike is prohibited unless crossing or traversing the dike to access a Division authorized deer stand or waterfowl blind.
  11. Entering tidal and/or impounded waters managed by the Division is prohibited during the waterfowl season unless lawfully hunting or trapping.
  12. Persons who possess, consume, or are under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages are prohibited from hunting or possessing firearms.
  13. 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.
  14. The discharge of any firearm including paintball guns, air rifles, bows, and crossbows is prohibited unless lawfully hunting.
  15. Trapping is prohibited except by valid contract or permit holders.
  16. 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

Conservation Access Pass Costs*

Price

Resident Annual Conservation Access Pass

$32.50

Resident 3 Day Conservation Access Pass

$10.00

Non-Resident Annual Conservation Access Pass

$65.00

Non-Resident 3 Day Conservation Access Pass

$20.00

Transfer to Vehicle of Same Ownership (Dover Office Only)

$10.00

LICENSES, PERMITS, AND TAGS

RESIDENT LICENSES, PERMITS AND TAGS

Price

Persons 16 years or over and under 65 (16-64 years) must purchase a license to hunt in Delaware.

$39.50

Persons 13 through 15 years must purchase a junior license to hunt.

$5.00

Persons operating a hunting guide service must purchase a guide license.

$159.50

All persons under 65 years must purchase a license to trap in Delaware after first taking an approved trapping education course if born after January 1, 1978.

$10.00

Persons 16 years or over and under 65 (16-64 years) must purchase a state waterfowl (duck) stamp to hunt waterfowl in Delaware.

$15.00

Hunters that use a State Wildlife Area waterfowl blind or deer stand for hunting that was assigned through a daily lottery must purchase an annual Wildlife Area Deer Stand/Waterfowl Blind Lottery Permit.

$20.00

Hunter’s Choice and Quality Buck Tag combination

$20.00

Each additional Antlerless Deer Tag

$20.00

Residents over the age of 65, youth under the age of 13, who have resided a year or more within this state, and certain military personnel may hunt or trap without a license in this state. Additionally, landowners and their immediate family members that own or reside on at least 20 acres of land but only plan to hunt or trap on their own property may hunt or trap without a license in this state. ALL exempt hunters or trappers must obtain a free License Exempt Number (LEN). Youth must be accompanied by a person who is the lawful holder of a hunting license or has a lawful right to hunt.
*See License Exempt Hunters section for more LEN information.

Must Obtain a New LEN Each Year

NON-RESIDENT LICENSES, PERMITS AND TAGS

Price

Persons 16 years or over to hunt in this State
(No exemptions are made for nonresidents over the age of 65 for licenses or stamps.)

$199.50

Persons 13 through 15 years must purchase a junior license to hunt.

$50.00

Persons operating a hunting guide service must purchase a guide license.

$475.00

All persons must purchase a license to trap in Delaware after first taking an approved trapping education course if born after January 1, 1978.

$75.00

Persons 16 years or over must purchase a state waterfowl (duck) stamp to hunt waterfowl in Delaware.

$15.00

Three (3) consecutive day small game license (not valid for deer or turkey).

$75.00

Hunters that use a State Wildlife Area waterfowl blind or deer stand for hunting that was assigned through a daily lottery must purchase an annual Wildlife Area Deer Stand/Waterfowl Blind Lottery Permit.

$20.00

Antlered Deer Tag

$50.00

Quality Buck Tag

$50.00

Each additional Antlerless Deer Tag

$20.00

Provided they first obtain a free License Exempt Number (LEN):

• Nonresidents or aliens who are occupants of farms in this State containing 20 acres or more who are engaged in the science of husbandry, who actually reside thereon, and the immediate members of the family of such occupants who also reside on said farm, may hunt, fish or trap on said farms without being licensed hereunder.

• A nonresident, who owns but is not an occupant of a farm in this State containing 20 acres or more and where the science of husbandry is practiced, and the immediate members of the family of the nonresident farm owner may hunt, trap, and/or fish on the farm if the farm occupant or resident, if any, gives the owner written permission or if hunting, trapping, and/or fishing is permitted pursuant to a written lease, if any, between the farm owner and the occupant or resident of the farm.

• Nonresidents other than aliens who are under 13 years of age may hunt without a license in this State when accompanied by a person who is the lawful holder of a hunting license or has a lawful right to hunt.

*See License Exempt Hunters section for more LEN information.

Must Obtain a New LEN Each Year

Quick Reference: License and Permit Requirements

Resident

License Exempt Number

Junior Hunting License

Adult Hunting License

Federal Waterfowl Stamp

State Waterfowl Stamp

HIP #

Deer Stand
and Waterfowl Blind Permit

12 and Under

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

13 thru 15

No

Yes

No (unless turning 16 during season)

No

No

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

16 thru 64

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

65 and over

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

Non-Resident

License Exempt Number

Junior Hunting License

Adult Hunting License

Federal Waterfowl Stamp

State Waterfowl Stamp

HIP #

Deer Stand
and Waterfowl Blind Permit

12 and Under

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

13 thru 15

No

Yes

No (unless turning 16 during the season)

No

No

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

16 thru 64

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

65 and over

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (except Youth day)

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND
HUNTING LICENSES

The Delaware Division of Child Support Services has the authority, under Federal Welfare Reform Legislation (Title 42 of the US Code, Section 666 (a) (13) ), to collect Social Security Numbers for individuals who purchase
recreational hunting and fishing licenses. For more information go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Lic-Perm-Reg.aspx

OBTAINING A DUPLICATE HUNTING LICENSE

Duplicate licenses may be printed TWO times free of charge by going to www.de.gov/fw. Select Licenses, Registrations, Permits & CAP, then Recreational Licenses, Permits, Stamps & Passes and then Lost Your Recreational License? If you need more information please call the Recreational Licensing Office at (302) 739-9918 or email dfwreclic@state.de.us.

ONLINE LICENSING

Delaware maintains a fully automated recreational licensing system. Sportsmen can purchase and print licenses from our website 24 hours a day 7 days a week by visiting
www.de.gov/fw with a compatible computer and printer. We also partner with over 85 Licensing Agents where licenses can be purchased including our Dover Fish & Wildlife office at 89 Kings Highway. A complete listing of Licensing Agents can be found on our website or by calling (302) 739-9918.

Special License and Permits Required to:

(These permits are only issued at DNREC’s Dover office located at 89 Kings Highway)

  • Deal in raw furs commercially
  • Hold a field trial for dogs
  • Ship game out of state
  • Breed game commercially
  • Operate a shooting preserve
  • Possess or collect wildlife for
    scientific purposes
  • Possess live wild animals or any
    protected animals
  • Train dogs out of season
    (available only for retrievers)

SPECIAL PERMITS FOR
HUNTERS WITH A DISABILITY

A variety of hunting opportunities exist for hunters with a disability in Delaware. For a list of deer stand and waterfowl blind facilities for hunters with a disability.

STATE OF DELAWARE CERTIFIED HUNTER WITH DISABILITIES CARD

Hunters with a disability must obtain a certification card to use all facilities and opportunities made available to hunters with a disability on State Wildlife Areas and State Parks. For information on obtaining this card, call the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (302) 739-9912.

Hunt from a Vehicle Permit

Approved non-ambulatory hunters may be permitted to hunt specified game animals from their vehicle with a permit issued by the Division.

HIP NUMBERS

Hearing impaired hunters can obtain their Harvest Information Program (HIP) numbers online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt.

License Exempt
Hunters/Trappers

Hunters and trappers that are license exempt are required to obtain an annual License Exempt Number (LEN) at no cost. Hunters shall obtain no more than one LEN annually. If a license exempt hunter chooses to purchase a license anyway, then they shall not obtain an exempt number. The LEN system was created so that game harvest and opinions of license exempt hunters and trappers could be evaluated and considered when establishing new statutes, regulations and policies. If you obtain this LEN, use it whenever you are asked for your license number such as for registering a deer, obtaining a HIP number or purchasing additional deer tags or permits. License exempt hunters receive five deer tags at no cost. For more information about deer tags. License exempt hunters not purchasing a hunting license who use a motor vehicle to access State Wildlife Areas must purchase a Conservation Access Pass. You can obtain your annual LEN at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt or by calling the toll free number 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT). If you have problems with these systems, call (302) 735-3600 during normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm) Monday – Friday. For questions on LEN eligibility requirements please contact the recreational licensing office at (302) 739-9918 or www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Rec-Lic.aspx.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO
MILITARY PERSONNEL

Delaware laws contain several exceptions pertaining to Recreational Licensing for the Military.

Military applications are available at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Rec-Lic.aspx or by calling (302) 739-9918. Military licenses are not available through State Licensing Agents with the exception of the DAFB for active duty military stationed in Delaware purchasing a license. License exempt Military exceptions are only processed through the Dover office. Please call (302) 739-9918 for assistance.

Any member of the armed forces of the United States of America while actually stationed within this State shall be deemed a resident of this State for the purpose of obtaining a license to hunt, trap and fish in this State. Each such application shall be supported by a written statement signed by the applicant’s commanding officer certifying the applicant’s place of station within this State.

Any resident who has served honorably for 90 or more consecutive days on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, including service as a member of the Delaware National Guard, in military actions in Southwest Asia associated with Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom may, for the first 12 months following the date the resident was honorably discharged or removed from active status, be issued a card to hunt and/or fish in this State without charge.

A member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is a patient in a military hospital may be issued a card to hunt, trap and fish in this State without charge, upon receipt by the Department of a written statement signed by the applicant’s commanding officer certifying the nature of the applicant’s disability and place of station.

Residents living in this State for at least 1 year immediately prior to the date of application for a license who have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States and certified by the Veterans Administration as having at least a 60% service-connected disability may be issued a card to hunt, trap and fish in this State without charge.

Delaware Guide/hunt License

The Delaware Guide License is a relatively recent addition to the licensing requirements. As such, the Division of Fish and Wildlife gets questions related to the specifics. Here are the requirements related to this license. For those still having questions, please call the Division’s Recreational Licensing Office at (302) 739-9918.

All individuals receiving monetary or in-kind compensation for providing personal guide services to hunters are required to have a Delaware Guide License. License holders must be 18 years of age or older.

Persons acquiring a guide license must not have been convicted for violations of any wildlife or fisheries statutes or regulations within the last three years prior to applying for a Delaware Guide License.

All persons possessing a Delaware Guide License are required to complete and submit an annual report to the Division within seven days after the close of the season to include the following information which must be readily available for inspection by enforcement officers: full name of each hunter, address of each hunter in the party, hunting license number for each hunter, date, number and species of each animal harvested, location of hunts and the name and license number of the guide.

The guide shall retain all hunting field records for a period of three years.

A resident or non-resident Guide/Hunt license is valid as a Guide and a Hunting license. A separate hunting license is not required.

A non-resident shall be exempt from the guide licensing requirement only while guiding hunters for snow geese (light geese), provided:

  • The non-resident is properly licensed to guide in another state or Canadian province which extends the same exemption to Delaware residents;
  • The non-resident guide purchases a Delaware migratory waterfowl (duck) stamp and obtains a Delaware H.I.P. permit;
  • The non-resident resides in another state or Canadian province which extends the same exemption to Delaware residents.

Trapping Licenses

Trappers must purchase their trapping license through the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Trapping licenses are not available electronically from licensing agents or online. Applications are available online at www.de.gov/fw, by submitting the trapping application (see below) in this guide or by calling (302) 739-9918 for an application. Trappers will be issued a license number that can be renewed annually and 25 metal trapping tags that are supplied during the first purchase. Additional metal trapping tags are available for purchase at the Division’s Dover office. Once a trapping license has been issued, the Division of Fish & Wildlife will automatically enroll the trapper in the annual trapping license mail renewal program.