Hunting in Delaware

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife manages 19 public wildlife areas; approximately 68,000 acres of land. In addition to providing habitat for a variety of wildlife, these lands provide hunting and other outdoor recreational opportunities.  Much of this land, and many acres of private land, provide hunting during a number of seasons.  More information is found in the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Information for Hunters

State Deer Records

The division maintains records of the top hunter-taken whitetail deer in Delaware, based on net Boone & Crockett scores. Records for whitetails taken in any year are included.

Eligibility is based on minimum scores for typical and non-typical whitetail deer. They are Pope & Young minimums for bow kills (125 typical, 155 non-typical), Longhunter Society minimums for muzzleloader kills (130 typical, 160 non-typical), handgun (130 typical, 160 non-typical) and shotgun and straight-walled pistol-caliber rifles kills of 140 typical and better and 160 non-typical and better.

The division is interested in Delaware whitetails taken in any year. To have your deer scored, please call 302-735-3600 to schedule an appointment. The division will also accept submissions for deer scored by an official measurer of Pope & Young, the Longhunter Society, or Boone & Crocket. If the deer meets the minimums described above, hunters can submit a copy of their score sheet for inclusion in the records.

Antlers cannot be scored until at least 60 days have passed since the deer was harvested.

For more information, please call 302-735-3600.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Migratory Bird Hunting Information

National Wildlife Refuges
– Bombay Hook
– Prime Hook

Related Wildlife Information

Coyotes in Delaware

Deer Damage Assistance