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Migratory Bird Seasons & Limits

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Delaware Migratory Game Bird Season Summary

DUCKS

SEASON DATES

DAILY BAG LIMIT

POSSESSION LIMIT

Ducks (Regular Season)

Oct 26 – Nov 6

6

18

Nov 19 – Nov. 24

Dec 7 – Jan 26

September Teal

Sep 12 – Sep 29

6

18

Limited to the designated teal zone south of the C & D Canal to Lewes, and east of Routes 13, 113/113A, and 1. Bag limit may include any combination of blue-winged and/or green-winged teal
Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Youth must be age 10-15.

Oct 20 & Feb 9

Daily bag limits as listed below apply for ducks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, Canada geese, snow geese and brant.
Daily Bag Limits and Possession Limits
The daily limit of 6 ducks (excluding mergansers and coots) may include, in any combination, up to: 4 mallards, including no more than 2 hen mallards; 2 black duck; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback, 3 wood ducks; 2 redheads; 2 scaup, 6 teal; 6 shovelers; 6 gadwall; 6 wigeon; 6 goldeneye; 6 ring-necked ducks; 6 bufflehead; 6 ruddy ducks; 1 mottled duck; 1 fulvous whistling-duck; 4 scoters; 4 eiders; 4 long-tailed ducks. The possession limit is 3 times the daily limit. The season on harlequin ducks remains closed.
Sea Ducks

Scoters, Eiders, and Long-tailed ducks

Nov 19 – Jan 26*

5**

15**

* Season dates apply to Special Sea Duck Area where ducks may be taken not less than 800 yards (1/2) mile seaward from the Delaware Bay shore or the Atlantic Ocean shore beginning at an east-west line between Port Mahon and the Elbow Cross Navigation Light, south to the Delaware-Maryland line. The shooting of crippled sea ducks from a motorboat under power will be permitted in the designated sea duck hunting area. Sea ducks may only be harvested outside of the Special Sea Duck Area during the regular duck season and are part of the regular duck season bag and possession limits.

** The daily bag limit for sea ducks to include no more than 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks, or 4 eiders. Within the Special Sea Duck Area, during the regular duck season, the sea duck limit may be in addition to limits for other ducks during the regular duck season. The season on harlequin ducks remains closed.

COOTS

Same as Duck Season

15

45

MERGANSERS**

Same as Duck Season

5

15

** Daily bag limit may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers (6 in possession)

GEESE AND BRANT

SEASON DATES

DAILY BAG LIMIT

POSSESSION LIMIT

Canada Geese (Resident)

Sep 1 – Sep 25

15

45

Canada Geese (Migratory)

Including White-fronted geese

Nov 19 – Nov 24

2

6

Dec 14 – Feb 2

Brant

Nov 19 – Nov 24

2

6

Dec 1 – Jan 31

Snow Geese

Including Ross’ geese

Oct 3 – Feb 2 and Feb. 9

25

No limit

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge open Mon., Wed., and Fri. with permission of Refuge Manager.
Snow Goose Conservation Order

Feb 4 – Feb 8

Feb 11 – Apr 12

No bag or possession limits

During the Conservation Order (CO) unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used to harvest snow geese. Shooting hours have been extended to ½ hour after sunset and daily bag & possession limits have been eliminated. Hunters who wish to participate in the CO must register for a free, annual permit, available by visiting www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt (after Jan 1st). Participants are required to re-visit this website after the CO has closed to report their harvest to the Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The Snow Snow Goose Conservation Order will be closed on Saturday, February 9, 2018 which is the second youth waterfowl day and will reopen on Monday, February 11, 2018. Snow geese, including Ross’ geese, may be harvested on Saturday, February 9, 2018 within the regular season framework. No liberal methods allowed during the Conservation Order may be allowed this day and a daily bag limit of 25 applies.

OTHER SPECIES

SEASON DATES

DAILY Bag LIMIT

POSSESSION LIMIT

Mourning Dove

Sep 1 – Oct 1

15

45

Nov 19- Jan 31

During the month of September, all hunters must use non-toxic shot when dove hunting on State Wildlife Areas.
King & Clapper Rails

* Singly or in combination of the two species

Sep 1 – Nov 21

10*

30

Sora & Virginia Rails

* Singly or in combination of the two species

Sep 1 – Nov 21

25*

75

Woodcock

Nov 19 – Nov 24

3

9

Dec 15 – Jan 29

Common Snipe

Sep 7 – Nov 24

8

24

Dec 15 – Jan 26

Moorhens & Gallinules

Sep 1 – Nov 21

15

45

Crows

*Thurs., Fri., & Sat. only

Jun 22 – Mar 31*

No Limit

No Limit