DNREC PRESS RELEASE
DOVER DELAWARE(Oct. 29, 2014) – To promote the sport and provide additional opportunities for hunting in Delaware, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Nov. 1 as a special deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.
“Our youth hunting days are an excellent opportunity for experienced adult hunters to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation, thereby continuing one of Delaware’s great conservation and outdoor recreation traditions,” said David Saveikis, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Director. “Hunting is an exciting outdoor activity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”
Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult hunter age 21 or older; the adult companions must be licensed to hunt in Delaware or license exempt and may not possess a firearm during the hunt. Youth hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm. Youth hunters age 13 through 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a hunter education certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. To promote youth hunting, the Division of Fish & Wildlife is waiving deer stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. Daily fees apply at all other times. Youth hunters may also hunt on regular season days, accompanied by an adult.
On state wildlife areas that require a lottery drawing for available deer stands, the drawing will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time. To sign up for the lottery, participating hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time. Additional information about deer stand lotteries and availability at individual state wildlife areas as well as rules specific to each wildlife area can be found online at Delaware Hunting Maps. Hard copies of these wildlife area maps are also available at DNREC’s Dover license desk, or by calling the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will hold its own lottery for its deer stands.
Normal bag limits and regulations apply, and all deer taken must be registered. Deer can be conveniently registered online using DNREC’s HTR system at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. If you prefer to talk to a live customer service representative, please call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868).
Specialized stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912, or check the 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available in printed form at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and at hunting license dealers statewide, or online at 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the Dover licensing office, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
The Division of Fish & Wildlife also reminds hunters and anyone accompanying them to take along their cameras, as youth hunting days are a great opportunity for photos that can be entered in the Division’s annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The contest is seeking photos of Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published on the cover or inside of next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at Photo contest information, or www.facebook.com/delawarefishwildlife. Information also may be requested by calling 302-739-9911, or emailing Rachel.Weissenfluh@state.de.us.
This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.