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Hunting in Delaware



The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages 19 public wildlife areas; over 62,000 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 unable to measure deer until further notice. The division’s scorer has retired. The division will accept submissions for deer scored by an official measurer of Pope & Young, Longhunter Society or Boone & Crocket. If the deer meets the minimums, 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

Proposed 2020-2021 Migratory Gamebird Hunting Season Dates (PDF) — Pending publication by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Federal register.



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