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Licensing and Permits

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Note: In addition to the licensing requirements listed herein, ALL hunters under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) to carry a firearm/bow.

2014-2015

Resident & Non-Resident Licenses

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

$25.00

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.

$100.00

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.

$3.50

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

$9.00

Residents over the age of 65, youth under the age of 13, and certain military personnel may hunt or trap without a license in this state. Additionally, landowners and their immediate family members that own and 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.

Must Obtain a LEN

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.)

Reciprocal

(Min. $130.00)

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.

$300.00

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

$25.00

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

$9.00

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

$50.00

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.

Must Obtain a LEN

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND HUNTING LICENSES

The Delaware Division of Child Support Enforcement 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.fw.delaware.gov. Select Licenses, Permits and Registrations and then Lost Your Recreational License? If you need more information please call the Recreational Licensing Office at (302) 739-9918.

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.fw.delaware.gov 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
  • Possess skunks or raccoons
  • 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)

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.fw.delaware.gov, by submitting the trapping application 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.

License Exempt Hunters

Hunters and trappers that are license exempt are required to obtain an annual License Exempt Number (LEN) at no cost. If a license exempt hunter chooses to purchase a license anyway, then they do not have to obtain the 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. 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.

SPECIAL PERMITS FOR DISABLED HUNTERS

A variety of hunting opportunities exist for disabled hunters in Delaware. See the list of deer stand and waterfowl blind facilities for disabled hunters.

Disabled Hunter Certification Card

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

  • Disabled hunters will be grouped in two categories. Category 1 hunters are those whose disabilities confine them to a wheelchair for movement. Hunters in this group will be given priority for use of disabled facilities on state wildlife areas. Category 2 hunters are those with other disabilities that don’t allow them to use traditional hunting facilities and equipment. These hunters may be eligible for specialized state stands/blinds and other special permits.

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.

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