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Migratory Bird Hunting



The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife provides opportunities for migratory bird hunting on state wildlife areas. The following is a summary of those opportunities and the procedures and rules that apply.

Delaware hunting license or License Exempt Number (LEN) is required to hunt. Most waterfowl hunters require a Delaware waterfowl (duck) stamp and a federal migratory bird (duck) stamp.

All migratory game bird hunters except crow hunters, including duck and goose hunters, also need a Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, which can be obtained through the DNREC ePermitting system or by calling toll free 1-855-335-4868.

Hunters using the ePermitting system should either create a profile or use the “Quick Hunting Registration” option.

Anyone born after January 1, 1967, must satisfactorily complete a basic hunter education course before obtaining a Delaware Hunting license.

Registered motor vehicles used to access designated wildlife areas owned or managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife are required to display a Conservation Access Pass.

For full hunting rules and regulations, please refer to the posted Wildlife area maps and rules.

A Hunter and His Dog

New Castle County

Dove

Sunflower fields have been planted on the Rocks Tract of the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area and at the Burrows Tract of the Eagles Nest Wildlife Area. Permits to hunt these fields are issued through a noon lottery at the Cedar Swamp lottery station located on Collins Beach Road. These areas are open to hunting on Opening Day, Labor Day, and all Saturdays in September. Hunting hours are 1 to 5 p.m. All other areas of the Cedar Swamp and Eagles Nest Wildlife Areas are open daily to dove hunting in accordance with all state and federal regulations from half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

Augustine Wildlife Area does not have any sunflower fields this year; however, the area is open throughout dove season with no special permits required

Dove hunting is also permitted on the C&D Canal Conservation Area throughout the September season with no special permits required. Hunting at the Augustine Wildlife Area and the C&D Canal Conservation Area is permitted from half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

Resident Canada Geese

Resident Canada goose hunting will be available on the C&D Canal Conservation Area, on and around Reedy Island in the Delaware River and on the Eagles Nest Wildlife Area, no special permits are required. Hunting hours are half an hour before sunrise to sunset. Resident Canada geese may be harvested on the Port Penn and Ashton Tracts of the Augustine Wildlife Area while hunting teal by obtaining a permit as described below for September Teal.

September Teal

Blinds will be available on the Port Penn and Ashton Tracts of the Augustine Wildlife Area for the early teal season. These blinds are available by permit only through lottery drawings held at the Augustine lottery station at the end of North Congress Street in Port Penn. Lotteries are held on opening day, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with drawings taking place one and a half hours before legal shooting time throughout the season.

Kent County

Dove

Sunflowers have been planted in fields on the Main tract of the Little Creek Wildlife Area, the Logan Lane and Buckaloo/Morris Tracts of the Ted Harvey Conservation Area and the Penuel Tract of the Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Permits to hunt these fields are issued through a noon lottery at the Little Creek check station on Route 9/Bayside Drive just south of the town of Little Creek. These areas will be open to hunting on Opening Day, Labor Day, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in September. Hunting hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Dove hunting is restricted to these fields only on these four tracts. Sunflower fields that are open without a lottery have been planted on the Blackiston Wildlife Area off Underwoods Corner Road and Sewell Branch Road. There are also sunflowers planted on the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area off Ironmine Road and no special permit is required.

Resident Canada Geese

Resident goose hunting will be available on the Blackiston, Norman G. Wilder, Little Creek-Davey Crockett Tract, Ted Harvey-Morris and Buckaloo Tracts and Milford Neck-Penuel, Main and Rawley’s Island Tracts with no special permits required. Hours are half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

Resident Canada geese may be harvested on portions of Woodland Beach Wildlife Area and the Ted Harvey Conservation Area while hunting teal by obtaining a permit as described below for September Teal.

September Teal

Select blinds will be open at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area for the early teal season. These blinds will be available through a lottery at the Woodland Beach check station on Route 9. Lotteries will be held one and a half hours before legal shooting time on a daily basis. Ted Harvey Conservation Area river blinds and Roberts and Island Farm Tract blinds will be issued through the Little Creek lottery station beginning two hours before legal shooting time on a daily basis. Blinds will not be grassed for the early teal season. The Little Creek-Davey Crockett Tract and Milford Neck-Penuel, Main, Rawley’s Island and Cedar Creek Tracts are open without special permits.

Sussex County

Dove

Two fields of sunflowers and one field of corn were planted at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area for dove hunting this year. They are located on either side of the Main Road running between Old Sharptown and Phillips Landing Roads (called the George Adams and Dirt Pit Fields). Electric fencing kept deer damage to a minimum and the sunflower crop was a success. No permits or check-in are required and Nanticoke is open daily to dove hunting in accordance with all state and federal regulations from half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

At the Assawoman Wildlife Area two fields of sunflowers were planted on the Muddy Neck Tract on both sides of Double Bridges Road. The sizes of both fields are larger than last year and electric fencing, scare crows, perfumes, and deer repellant sprayings were successful in minimizing losses to deer. Permits to hunt these fields are issued through a noon lottery at the Assawoman lottery station located on the Assawoman Headquarters. These areas are open to hunting on Opening Day, Labor Day, and all Saturdays in September. Hunting hours are 1 to 6 p.m.

All other wildlife areas in Sussex County are open for dove hunting with no permits required in accordance with all state and federal regulations from half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

Resident Canada Geese

Resident Canada geese may be harvested on portions of Prime Hook State Wildlife Area while hunting teal by obtaining a permit as described below for September Teal.

A resident goose hunt is possible at Assawoman Wildlife Area, but it will depend on whether any resident goose flocks are present on areas accessible for hunting. Check the Assawoman Checking Station for information or call 302-539-3160 in advance.

September Teal

Prime Hook State Wildlife Area is open to teal hunting this year. Hunting days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. State blinds one through seven will be open. Permits are free and will be issued on a first come-first served basis from the check station located on the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. All federal blinds are closed, and no drawings or check-in will occur. Hunting hours are half an hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunters should plan to use the Foord’s Landing boat ramp within the federal refuge to access the state waterfowl blinds as the new water levels have made the state boat ramp inaccessible at most times.

No other Sussex County state wildlife areas fall within the September teal season zones.




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