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Public Deer Hunting

DEER HUNTING on Public Lands

Shotgun hunting is available by permit only for:

  • White Clay Creek State Park
  • Blackbird State Forest
  • Woodland Beach
  • Cedar Swamp
  • Ted Harvey
  • Augustine
  • Assawoman

The above areas will utilize a daily lottery. Elevated stands are provided for each permittee. The Brandywine Creek State Park hunt will be conducted by lottery (see page 38 for application). Deer hunting at Lums Pond, Trap Pond, Cape Henlopen, Fort DuPont, and Delaware Seashore State Parks is by permit only and hunters should contact the Park Office where they intend to hunt for specific site information. For more information call (302) 739-9220 or visit

Deer hunting is also available at many other state wildlife areas without a permit. Check area maps for details of specific rules regarding types of hunting available.

Quality Buck Management Areas on Public Lands

The Woodland Beach and Cedar Swamp State Wildlife Areas (except the Rocks and Bell tracts) as well as the Dulany Manor tract of Blackbird State Forest and the Chesapeake, Ellendale, Headquarters, and Jester tracts of Redden State Forest are Quality Buck Areas. All hunters (except hunters under 17 years of age and non-ambulatory hunters hunting on either the Cedar Swamp or Woodland Beach State Wildlife Areas) hunting these areas shall not take an antlered deer with a minimum outside antler spread of less than 15 inches at any time. Only bucks that qualify for the existing Quality Buck Tag are legal in these areas. Antlerless deer can still be legally harvested.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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