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Hunting and trapping are enjoyed for their excitement, relaxation and time with family and friends. Your Division of Fish and Wildlife is committed to bringing you quality hunting in Delaware’s great outdoors by scientifically managing sustainable wildlife populations and their habitats and by providing hunting access at our public wildlife areas.

As a hunter or trapper, you are a key partner in helping us achieve sustainable wildlife populations and quality hunting through your conservation ethic and financial investment in wildlife conservation and public wildlife areas. Hunters, through hunting license revenues used to match federal funding derived from hunting equipment purchases, fund most of our wildlife management and research and the management of your public wildlife areas. Delaware’s 16,860 licensed hunters currently generate $2.7 million each year in combined state and federal funds. On behalf of the Division, THANK YOU for financially supporting wildlife conservation and hunting.

Delaware’s economy also benefits from hunter spending at sporting goods stores, restaurants, motels, gas stations, convenience stores and other businesses. Hunting contributes $61.7 million to Delaware’s economy and supports 549 jobs, serving an important role in Delaware’s “Conservation Economy.”

In the spirit of our guiding slogan, We Bring You Delaware’s Great Outdoors through Science and Service, I hope to see you in the outdoors and wish you a memorable, safe and productive hunting and trapping season…

David E. Saveikis


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