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Hunting Regulations Icon Delaware Hunting

2016/2017

Small Game Seasons and Bag Limits

Gray Squirrel

Sept. 15 – Feb. 4
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. 21 – Feb. 28

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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. 21 – Feb. 4

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. 21 – Jan. 7

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.

2016/2017

Bullfrog and Snapping Turtle Seasons

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