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About the Division of Fish & Wildlife

We Bring You Delaware’s Great Outdoors through Science and Service   What We Do Manage the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Enforce laws and regulations designed to protect and conserve these resources. Provide hunter and boater safety education programs. Provide environmental education
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Fish & Wildlife Advisory Councils

Delaware state law establishes several councils to advise the Director of Fish & Wildlife on matters relating to fisheries, recreational fishing, wildlife and hunting, and shell fisheries.
Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish Council on Recreational Fishing Funding
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Contact Information

David Saveikis, Director 89 Kings Highway Dover, DE 19901 302.739.9910 david.saveikis@delaware.gov

Delaware Bayshore Initiative

Anthony Gonzon, Coordinator 302.735.8673 anthony.gonzon@delaware.gov
Frequently-Called Phone Numbers Boat Registration:
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Fish & Wildlife License Agents

Hunting and fishing licenses, and conservation access passes (CAP), can be purchased at the following authorized licensing agents. Some agents only sell fishing licenses while others sell only hunting licenses and conservation access passes. Licenses also can be purchased online or at the licensing desk inside DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, at 89 Kings Highway SW, in Dover.  
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Lost Your License?

You can print a duplicate of your license, permit, pass, and/or stamp, if needed. Duplicates can be printed online, or using printers at the main DNREC offices in Dover.

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Danielle Davis Licensing Coordinator 302.739.9918
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Low Number License Lottery

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will not hold a low-number hunting license lottery for the 2020/21 hunting season. Please check back for lottery information about the 2021/22 licensing season. For more information, Delaware residents can contact Danielle Davis, Division of Fish & Wildlife License Program Coordinator, at 302.739.9918, between the
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Fish & Wildlife License Fees

Information on fees for licenses, registrations, permits, and passes from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Delaware Resident Non-Resident Agent Fee Resident Hunting License (Ages 16 to 64) $39.50 N/A $2.50
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Exemptions and Exceptions

Delaware state law and Delaware’s fishing and hunting regulations provide several exemptions and exceptions to the state’s fishing and hunting licensing requirements.
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Automated Licensing System

Welcome to the DNREC “Egov” online licensing system. This is an online application built to provide you with an option to purchase Recreational Licenses, Passes, Permits, and/or Stamps. There are some changes and warnings to share with you. So please read carefully. Know the Rules [column md=”4″ xclass=”col-xs-12
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Recreational Licensing

The Division of Fish & Wildlife offers licenses, permits, stamps, and passes for recreational fishing and hunting, and for the use of Delaware Wildlife Areas. Licenses, permits, stamps, and passes are available in-person at an authorized license agent or at the licensing desk inside DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, and, in most cases, online.
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Natural Resources Police Youth Academy

The Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Youth Academies are free one-week programs designed to teach youth about protecting Delaware’s natural resources and nurturing the relationship between law enforcement officers and the community.

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Capt. Brian Pollock 302.365.8703

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Operation Game Theft

The Operation Game Theft Fund was established by the Delaware General Assembly to assist in the apprehension and conviction of game law violators. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators. The Operation Game Theft Fund consists of all game law violation fines paid in
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Natural Resources Police

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers protect wildlife and fisheries resources, promote boating education and safety, promote hunting and fishing, respond to boating emergencies and are a partner in Delaware’s Homeland Security maritime mission. The Natural Resources Police oversee boating safety education in Delaware and offer free annual Natural Resources Police Youth Academies for youth between
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Winning Waterfowl Stamp Contest Entries

The winning entries for the 2020/21 edition of the Delaware State Waterfowl Stamp Contest were chosen by a panel of judges at an event held on April 4, 2019 at the Dover Public Library.  A painting of an American Wigeon and a Chocolate Labrador Retriever by Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Virginia, will grace the 2020/21
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Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest Rules

The contest to select the design for the 2021/22 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest is open November 1, 2019, through March 6, 2020.  All entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, March 6, 2020. Contest Rules, in Summary
Each entry should be
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Request a No-Spray Zone

The Delaware Mosquito Control Section accepts applications for No-Spray Zones in which mosquito control adulticides will not be applied in the immediate or close vicinity of your residence.
Glasgow Office (New Castle County & northern
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Wetland Management and Restoration

The Mosquito Control Section helps to control mosquito populations by improving and managing wetlands in oreder to increase fish and wildlife populations and restore previously altered wetland habitats to a healthier condition. These wetland systems, when properly functioning, help to create a natural check on mosquito populations. Successful wetland management can help reduce the need
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Mosquito-Borne Diseases

There are several mosquito-borne diseases of concern in Delaware: Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Canine Heartworm Disease, and a possible newcomer, Zika, for which the state’s awareness is growing.
You Can Help Learn how you can control
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Mosquito Spraying in Delaware

The Mosquito Control Section uses a Spray Zone Notification System to let residents know when and where they plan to apply pesticides to control mosquito populations.
Delaware Mosquito Control Spray Policy Mosquito Control Pesticide Management Discharge Plan (PMDP)
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Questions and Answers

Many adult mosquitoes around the home come from mosquito production sites within or near the neighborhood. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes by finding and eliminating standing or stagnant water on your property. Look
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Mosquito Control

DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section provides mosquito control services throughout Delaware to maintain quality of life and protect public health by reducing the possibility of mosquito-borne illnesses.
Dr. William Meredith Administrator 302.739.9917
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Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

The Asian Tiger Mosquito is Delaware’s newest and toughest nuisance mosquito. Tiger mosquitoes get their name from their distinct stripe pattern and their aggressive behavior. If you suspect you may have an Asian Tiger Mosquito problem, there are things you can do to get rid of the problem. Check Your Property The
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Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests

Join the Division of Fish & Wildlife in celebrating Delaware’s fishing and hunting traditions by submitting your own fishing and hunting photographs for these annual contests. The contests are open to all Delaware residents of any age.

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Jennifer Childears 302.739.9910
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Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp Program

The Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Program helps raise funds for waterfowl conservation. Hunters and stamp collectors buy stamps and prints. The money raised is used to restore and improve wetland habitat vital for migratory waterfowl. The Division of Fish & Wildlife began the program in 1980, in partnership with Delaware Ducks Unlimited. The program has generated
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Bass Tournament Reporting Form

Thank you for reporting on the results of your tournament. Please answer all of the questions below. If a question doesn’t apply to your bass tournament, please enter “N/A” in that field. Please make sure you include your contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail. If you have any questions, please
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Education & Outreach

The Division of Fish & Wildlife offers a variety of educational and outreach programs.

Education Facilities

DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve DuPont Nature Center Events Aquatic Resource Education Center and Mallard Lodge Facility
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Delaware Native Species Commission

The Delaware Native Species Commission was formed by the Delaware General Assembly to continue the work started by the Statewide Ecological Extinction Task Force and to implement recommendations made in the final report of the Task Force.

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Small Pond Angling

In addition to Delaware’s many state-owned freshwater fishing ponds, there are nine small ponds, most geared toward bank fishing and most managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife. They are ideal for beginners and youth angling.
Find a Small Pond 
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Delaware’s Public Freshwater Fishing Ponds

More than 30 Delaware freshwater lakes and ponds are open for fishing and other recreation. These impoundments, most of them managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, range in size from five to 189 acres. They support a variety of gamefish. Find full information about each of these ponds using the Delaware Ponds
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Share Your Views: Natural Resources Police

This page contains an embedded SurveyMonkey survey from the Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police. The survey may not be visible to screen readers. To give your feedback, please feel free to contact the Natural Resources Police at
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Fish Monitoring via Electrofisher

The Division of Fish & Wilfdlife uses electrofishing to safely sample fish populations in a variety of water bodies. Electrofishing is one of the most efficient sampling methods available to fisheries biologists. It uses an electric current to temporarily stun fish. This lets biologists sample and survey fish populations with minimal disturbance and risk to
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Conservation Access Pass

Delaware’s Conservation Access Pass provides needed funding to help the Division of Fish & Wildlife maintain and improve public access, facilities, and wildlife habitat on State Wildlife Areas. A Conservation Access Pass is required for any registered motor vehicle that’s used to access State Wildlife Areas for hunting, bird-watching, photography and similar recreational activities.
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Photo Contest Information and Entry Form

Photo Contest Themes All entries will be judged against the contest themes. For fishing photos: Get Out and Fish DE For hunting photos: Get Out and Hunt DE

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Delaware Fishing Report

The weekly Delaware Fishing Report offers information on when to fish, where to fish, which species are biting, and how to catch them. It is written by veteran Delaware angler Eric Burnley, Sr.
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Division of Fish & Wildlife

We Bring You Delaware’s Great Outdoors through Science and Service
The Division of Fish & Wildlife conserves and manages Delaware’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, and provides fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and boating access on nearly
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Outdoor Delaware Magazine

Outdoor Delaware, Delaware’s award-winning conservation magazine, is published four times each year and presents stunning photography, detailed feature articles, regular columnists, and more.
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Topic: Wetlands

A wetland is simply an area of land that is wet during the growing season. All true wetlands have three characteristics: typical wetland plants, wetland soils, and evidence that water is or can be at or near the surface. Our wetlands provide valuable service to Delaware. Wetlands purify our water. They provide habitat for rare and commercially important plants, fish and animals. And they protect us from flooding.
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Topic: Wildlife and Fish

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife manages nearly 50,000 acres of land that provides habitat for a multitude of wild plants, animals, fish, insects and rare species of all kinds. And it spearheads several important wildlife and habitat conservation and education initiatives, including the Wildlife Species Conservation and Research Program and the Delaware Shorebird Project.
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