On Wednesday, August 20 the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) announced that the 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide is available online and in print. The guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s licensing desk in the Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, and online at http://www.eregulations.com/delaware/hunting/.
The Hunting and Trapping Guide includes details on the newly-established coyote hunting and trapping seasons, changes to trapping regulations and deer tagging information, a summary of the 2013-2014 deer harvest, a request for volunteers to participate in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual turkey brood survey and a new youth hunting section to help parents and young hunters prepare for the upcoming hunting season.
Delaware’s 16,860 licensed hunters currently generate $2.7 million each year in combined state and federal funds. According to DNREC, Delaware’s economy also benefits from hunter spending at sporting goods stores, restaurants, motels, gas stations, convenience stores and other businesses. Hunting contributes $61.7 million to Delaware’s economy and supports 549 jobs. Director of DNREC David Saveikis, states that hunters and trapper are serving an important role in Delaware’s “Conservation Economy.”
“As a hunter or trapper, you are a key partner in helping us achieve sustainable wildlife populations and quality hunting through your conservation ethic and financial investment in wildlife conservation and public wildlife areas,” stated Saveikis in this year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. “Hunters, through hunting license revenues used to match federal funding derived from hunting equipment purchases, fund most of our wildlife management and research and the management of your public wildlife areas.”
Hunters and trappers are encouraged by DNREC to review the guide before heading afield this fall. Season dates for the 2014-2015 hunting and trapping seasons are provided, as well as a summary of Delaware laws and regulations pertaining to legal harvest of game species. Readers can also find information on licensing and permit requirements, hunting opportunities on public lands, and hunting and trapping classes offered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program.
Licenses and waterfowl stamps for the 2014-2015 hunting and trapping seasons went on sale July 1. “Licenses may be purchased from more than 85 authorized license agents throughout the state, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, or by visiting us online,” said Candace Dunning, Recreational License Program coordinator with the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Delaware residents age 16 or older and under the age of 65 and non-residents age 16 or older must purchase a hunting license to hunt in Delaware. A junior hunting license is required for youths age 13 through 15. Hunters age 16 and older who are not license-exempt must purchase a state waterfowl stamp to hunt ducks or geese, and all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must purchase a federal duck stamp. Hunters and trappers who are exempt from purchasing a license must obtain an annual, free License Exempt Number (LEN). Hunters who enjoy hunting on state wildlife areas should note that a $20 State Wildlife Area Deer Stand/Waterfowl Blind Lottery Permit is required for any hunter using a state deer stand and or waterfowl blind acquired through a daily lottery.
“This permit will be linked to your hunting license or LEN number at the time of purchase. So if you purchase your permit at a later date, please remember to bring your hunting license or LEN number with you,” Dunning said. For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9912, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.