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Delaware

Hunting

Migratory Bird Seasons & Bag Limits

Ducks

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Ducks (Regular Season)

Oct 22 - Nov 1

6

18

Nov 22 - Nov. 27

Dec 10 - Jan 31

September Teal

Sep 11 - 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 16 and Feb 5

Daily bag limits as listed below apply for ducks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, Canada geese, snow geese, brant, and swans. Limits are described by each species.

Daily Bag Limits and Possession Limits

The daily limit of 6 ducks (excluding mergansers and coots) may include, in any combination, up to: 2 mallards of which, no more than 1 may be a hen; 2 black ducks; 1 pintail; 2 canvasback, 3 wood ducks; 2 redheads; 1 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 23 - Jan 31*

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 be harvested within the designated Special Sea Duck Area only during the Sea Duck Season. Sea ducks may be taken outside of the Special Sea Duck Area only 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.

Coot

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 Goose (Resident)

Sep 1 - Sep 25

15

45

Canada Goose (Migratory)

Including White-fronted geese

Nov 24 - Nov 27

1

3

Dec 24 - Jan 22

Brant

Nov. 22 - Nov. 27

2

6

Dec. 11 - Jan. 31

Snow Goose

Including Ross’ goose

Oct 1 - Jan 31 and Feb. 5

25

No limit

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

Snow Goose Conservation Order

Feb 1 - Feb 4

Feb 7 - Apr 8

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 and possession limits have been eliminated. Hunters who wish to participate in the CO must register for a free, annual permit, available by visiting https://de.gov/DigitalDNREC (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 and Wildlife.

The Snow Snow Goose Conservation Order will be closed on Saturday, February 5, 2022 which is the second youth waterfowl day and will reopen on Monday, February 7, 2022. Snow geese, including Ross’ geese, may be harvested on Saturday, February 5, 2022 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.

Swans

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Tundra Swan (By special permit ONLY)

Nov. 11 - Jan. 31

1 per season

1 per season

Mute Swan

Legal to take during any open waterfowl season

No limit

No limit

(Closed during the Snow Goose Conservation Order)

Trumpeter Swan

Closed Season

0 - Closed Season

0 - Closed Season

Other Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Mourning Dove

Sep 1 - Oct 4*

15

45

Nov 22 - Jan 31

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

King and Clapper Rails

* Singly or in combination of the two species

Sep 4 - Nov 24

10*

30

Sora and Virginia Rails

* Singly or in combination of the two species

Sep 4 - Nov 24

25*

75

Woodcock

Nov 22 - Nov 27

3

9

Dec 3 - Jan 17

Common Snipe

Sep 10 - Nov 27

8

24

Dec 3 - Jan 17

Moorhens and Gallinules

Sep 4 - Nov 24

15

45

Crow

*Thurs., Fri., and Sat. only

July 1, 2021 - Mar 26, 2022 and Jun 23 - 25 and 30, 2022*

No Limit

No Limit