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Licensing & Permits

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2013- 2014 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), non-residents 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.

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)

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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 – 4:00pm) Monday – Friday. For questions on LEN eligibility requirements please contact the recreational licensing section 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 to 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.

OPPORTUNITIES AND SPECIAL PERMITS FOR DISABLED HUNTERS

  • A variety of hunting opportunities exists for disabled hunters in Delaware. State wildlife areas offer specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations to meet the needs of people with varying degrees of physical disabilities. Special permits such as hunting from a vehicle permits are also available in certain situations. For more information about the Division’s disabled hunter opportunities, contact the Wildlife Section at 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 people with other disabilities that don’t allow them to use traditional hunting facilities and equipment. These hunters may be eligible for state stands/blinds and other special permits.

Hunting Permits

Contact the Regional Wildlife Offices for information on the stands and blinds in the table below. See Fish & Wildlife Directory for phone numbers of Regional Office in each County.

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 (see Deer Hunting) 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.

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 via the World Wide Web @ www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt.

Deer Stand & Waterfowl Blind Facilities For Disabled Hunters

Cedar Swamp

2

1

1

Woodland Beach

8

3

2

Little Creek

2

1

2

Ted Harvey

5

3

1

Assawoman

4

5

1

Augustine

1

1

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 Section 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.

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