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Small Game Hunting in Delaware

Hunting Regulations Icon Delaware Hunting

Small Game Seasons and Bag Limits

SEASONS

DATES

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Gray Squirrel

Sept. 15 – Feb. 3
Closed during
Nov. Shotgun
Deer Season

6

Gray squirrels may be hunted with shotguns statewide, .17 through .22 cal. rimfire and pellet rifles and muzzleloading rifles up to .36 cal. south of the C&D Canal. Only shotguns may be used north of the C&D Canal. When a squirrel season overlaps with a deer firearms season, squirrel hunters must wear 400 square inches of hunter orange displayed on the head, chest and back.

Cottontail Rabbit

Nov. 20 – Feb. 28

4

Rabbit hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material displayed on head, chest, and back when hunting during any deer firearms season.

Groundhogs

July 1 – June 30

No limit

Groundhogs are an unprotected species and may be hunted with longbows, crossbows, shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, and rimfire or centerfire rifles.

Ring-necked Pheasant
(Male Only)

Nov. 20 – Feb. 3

2

Pheasant hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material displayed on head, chest, and back when hunting during any deer firearms season.

Bobwhite Quail

Nov. 20 – Jan. 6

6

Quail hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material displayed on head, chest, and back when hunting during any deer firearms season.

Bullfrog and
Snapping Turtle Seasons

SEASONS

DATES

LIMIT*

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Bullfrog

May 1 – Sept. 30

24 Daily

May be taken with a valid hunting or fishing license.

Snapping Turtle*

June 15 – May 15

No limit

Snapping turtle minimum length is 11 inches on the curvature of the top shell. Traps must be tagged with trapper’s name and address or current year’s license number. Baited fish hooks are unlawful. A free snapping turtle permit number must be obtained and will be issued at the time of the trapping license purchase. Those wishing to trap on Division of Fish & Wildlife lands will need to contact the Regional Manager for an additional permit for those lands.

Diamondback
Terrapin*

Sept. 1 – Nov. 15

4 Daily

Hunter and Trapper Mail Surveys

Each year, the Division sends out hunter and trapper mail surveys to estimate the total harvest and hunting effort for game species in Delaware. Aside from deer, turkeys and coyotes, hunters and trappers are not required to report the animals they harvest. These surveys allow biologists to determine harvest information for all of the other wildlife species that are hunted and/or trapped.

Around 5,500 hunters and trappers are surveyed annually. The average age of those surveyed in 2016/17 was 52 years old, with the youngest age of 8 and oldest 90.

Thank you to all the hunters and trappers who participate in these surveys each year!

Estimated Mammal Harvest from the 2016/17 Hunter Mail Survey:

Category

Squirrel

Rabbit

Raccoon

Opposum

Red Fox

Groundhog

Skunk

Coyote

# of Hunters

1,857

1,406

243

35

382

625

0

35

# of Days Hunted

12,028

8,210

2,829

87

3,402

7,377

0

156

# of Days per Hunter

6.5

5.8

11.6

2.5

8.9

11.8

0

4.5

Total # Harvested

13,209

7,481

1,979

69

1,389

3,801

0

0

Harvest
per Day

1.1

0.91

0.7

0.8

0.41

0.52

0

0

Estimated Game Bird Harvest from 2016/17 Hunter Mail Survey:

Category

Mourning Dove

Crow

Snipe

Woodcock

Wild Quail

Pen-raised Quail

Wild pheasant

Pen-raised Pheasant

Turkey

Canada Goose

Snow Goose

Brant

Ducks

Seaducks

Rails

# of
Hunters

2,170

87

0

312

87

139

52

208

2,968

4,183

1,527

52

3,211

121

0

# of Days Hunted

6,092

139

0

1,302

607

920

52

538

13,608

27,163

7,741

243

26,000

330

0

# of Days per Hunter

2.8

1.6

4.2

7

6.6

1

2.6

4.6

6.5

5.1

4.7

8.1

2.7

Total # Harvested

31,416

312

0

781

312

1,927

243

781

955

19,353

9,859

139

36,033

295

0

Harvest Per Day

5.16

2.25

0.6

0.51

2.09

4.67

1.45

0.07

0.71

1.27

0.57

1.39

0.89