Hunters: What You Need to Know

By Brooke Mitchell

Buck in a fieldDo you have all the information you need to go afield? Find out all you need to know about hunting and trapping seasons, bag limits, licenses and permits, and much more on our eRegulation pages. Information is also available in the 2020/2021 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide or you can call our wildlife section at 302-739-9912.

New this year, Delaware hunting licenses, Conservation Access Passes and more can be bought online at our ePermitting portal or from hunting license agents statewide.

Federal migratory bird (duck) stamps are available at U.S. post offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges, and online at 2020-2021 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.

Hunter Education Course

If you were born after Jan. 1, 1967, you must take the Hunter Education Program course. You have to be at least 10 years old to take the training.

Hunter with waterfowlAfter completing the online course, you must attend a two-hour, in-person field day, where COVID-19 safety requirements will be in place. All students will participate in a live firearm firing session with a trained instructor.

The program teaches safety, ethics, firearm types, safe gun handling, marksmanship techniques, specialty hunting techniques, wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and Delaware hunting laws and regulations, as well as other hunter safety topics.

Since 1967, more than 35,000 hunters have completed hunter safety courses and received hunter safety cards in Delaware, with a substantial decrease in hunting-related accidents.

For more information, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife hunter education office at 302-735-3600 x1.

Operation Game Theft

If you see something, say something! You can report violations of Delaware’s hunting and wildlife regulations through the Operation Game Theft hotline. The fund provides cash rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of game law violators. Report any suspicious or illegal activity that you see as soon as possible by calling 800-292-3030. Your identity and information are kept confidential.

You can also report fish, wildlife, and boating violations to our Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580 or through the DENRP Tip411 app on a smartphone. The app can be downloaded free by searching “DENRP Tip” via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.

Be Safe Out There

Except for waterfowl hunters, wearing hunter orange is required during all firearms deer seasons. Firearm deer hunters, as well as bow hunters and small game hunters, are required to wear no less than 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests, and backs combined. Deer hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least three feet off the ground during firearms deer seasons.

Sergeant Brooke Mitchell is the public information officer with the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Resources Police.