The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds waterfowlers that the next split-season dates for hunting migratory ducks, Canada geese, and white-fronted geese are Dec. 13-Jan. 26.
The daily limit of six ducks (excluding mergansers and coots) for the third and final split season dates may include, in any combination, up to: four mallards, including no more than two hen mallards; one black duck; two pintail; one canvasback, three wood ducks; two redheads; two scaup, six teal; six shovelers; six gadwall; six wigeon; six goldeneye; six ring-necked ducks; six bufflehead; six ruddy ducks; one mottled duck; one fulvous whistling-duck; four scoters; six eiders; six long-tailed ducks. The possession limit is two times the daily limit. For Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant, each has a daily bag limit of two, with a possession limit of four birds. The season on harlequin ducks remains closed.
The Snow Goose Conservation Order runs Jan. 28 through April 13, with no bag or possession limits. During the Conservation Order (CO) unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used to harvest snow geese. In addition, shooting hours have been extended to a half hour after sunset. Hunters who wish to participate in the CO must register for a free annual permit after Jan. 1.
For more information, rules, or to register, call (302) 739-9918 or visit dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt.