- There is a new phone number and web site for registering deer and obtaining a Hip Number, License Exempt Number and Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit Number. The toll free number is 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT). The new web site is www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Note that the Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit is only available through the web site. If you have problems with these systems, call (302) 735-3600 during normal business hours (8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.) Monday – Friday.
- Deer may be hunted with crossbows in accordance with statutes and regulations of the State of Delaware governing the hunting of deer from September 1 (September 2 if September 1 is a Sunday) through the last day of January, provided hunter orange is displayed in accordance with § 718 of Title 7 when it is also lawful to hunt deer with a gun. Crossbows may be equipped with a scope. There is no maximum pull weight for a crossbow and crossbows may not be transported on or within any vehicle with the crossbow in the cocked position.
- No person shall use a longbow for hunting if it has a pull weight of less than 35 pounds.
- Red fox may be killed in accordance with the statutes and regulations of the State of Delaware governing the hunting of red fox from November 1 through the last day of February, excluding Sundays. It is unlawful to kill a red fox that is being pursued by dogs. Red foxes may be killed using a longbow, crossbow, shotgun, rim fire or center fire rifle up to .25 caliber or a muzzle-loading rifle. During any deer firearms season, it will be unlawful to hunt red fox with any firearm that is not also legal for deer hunting.
- Hunters and trappers that are license exempt are required to obtain an annual License Exempt Number (LEN) from the Division at no cost. If a licensed exempt hunter chooses to purchase a license anyway, then they do not have to obtain the exempt Number. The LEN system was created so that game harvest and opinions of license exempt hunters and trappers could be evaluated and considered when establishing new statutes, regulations and policies. If you obtain this identification number, use it whenever you are asked for your license number such as for registering a deer or obtaining a HIP number.
- Gray squirrels may be hunted using a .17 through .22 caliber pellet firearm with a rifled barrel.
- Non-toxic shot is required for hunting rails, snipe and moorhens.
- No person will be allowed to place in the field any set or unset equipment associated with the trapping of game animals until the opening day of any state approved trapping season. All trapping equipment has to be removed by the last day of the trapping season.
- Electronic Agent Online Licensing: As of January 1, 2010, the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Electronic Agent Online Licensing System is operational for the sale of Delaware Hunting and Fishing Licenses. This electronic system replaces the manual handwritten license sales program. There are over 85 Electronic Agents participating across the state along with the Dover Fish and Wildlife office at 89 Kings Highway. A listing of participating Agents can be found on the Divisions web site www.fw.delaware.gov or by calling 302-739-9918. This Electronic Agent System joins the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Automated Online Licensing System that is available on the Division’s web site www.fw.delaware.gov where hunting/fishing licenses can be conveniently purchased and printed from any compatible computer at home or office 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The electronic license number automatically generated for each license consists of 15 or 16 characters specific to each license. Please use the entire license number when purchasing additional deer tags, permits and checking your deer.
- When purchasing your duck stamp on the electronic systems, the stamp image is printed on your license if you purchase your hunting license at the same time. If you purchase the stamp separately you will receive the stamp image. The Division no longer mails original duck stamps automatically at the end of the season (June 30th of each year). If you would like an original stamp sent to you please call (302) 739-9918 and give us your name, address and order ID number after you purchase the electronic stamp.
- For more licensing information contact Candace Dunning at 302-739-9918.For information on ordering Collector Duck Stamp(s) and prints, contact Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911.The collector stamps and prints are not available online.
- Non-toxic shot: Remember that during September, all dove hunting on State Wildlife Areas must be done using non-toxic shot.
- Conservation Order: The snow goose Conservation Order (CO) is expected to reopen during the winter and spring of 2012 after other waterfowl hunting is closed. When the CO is open, snow goose hunters can use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls. In addition, hunting hours are extended to a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset and daily bag and possession limits are removed. Participants hunting during the CO must have a valid Delaware or Maryland hunting license, a 2011 Delaware waterfowl stamp (Federal stamp not required), a Delaware HIP number and the free CO permit issued by the Division. This permit can be obtained by computer registration at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. The need for the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp follows the requirements as related to hunter age.
- Deer Registration: Each person who hunts and kills a deer shall, within 24 hours of killing said deer, register their deer by phone or over the internet through systems authorized by the Division (www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt or 1-855-335-4868). After registering a deer, hunters will be given a deer registration number. This number must be recorded in ink on the approved tag used on the deer and must remain with the head and/or carcass until the mount is picked up from the taxidermist or the meat is processed and stored as food. Hunters may field dress their deer before registering it but only the internal organs may be removed before registration. All other parts, (e.g. antlers, hide, meat, etc…) must remain attached to the animal, until such deer has been registered. Additionally, it shall be unlawful to knowingly enter incorrect information when registering a deer.
- White-tailed Deer Research – Harvesting Tagged Deer: This past year, the University of Delaware in collaboration with the Delaware Division and Fish and Wildlife, captured and tagged deer in Delaware. All deer received numbered ear tags, and some received radio-collars. Both of which allow us to collect data on deer ecology and hunter harvests. Hunters should treat deer with collars and ear tags as any other deer. If a marked deer is legal for harvest, then it may be harvested. If a hunter harvests a marked deer, they are asked to call the phone number listed on the metal ear tag (302) 831-4621, so information concerning the harvested deer can be collected. Somebody will contact them for further information as soon as possible. Since many of these deer are reported during the hectic firearms season, please feel free to contact us again if you have not been contacted within a few days of previously calling.
- Safety Zone: the safety zone for hunting deer by archery or crossbow device during established archery and crossbow seasons has been reduced to 50 yards.