Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Feb. 11 as the second of two special youth waterfowl hunting days for ages 10-15 to be held on public and private lands during the 2016-17 hunting season.
Normal daily waterfowl bag limits and hunting regulations apply on youth waterfowl hunting days for the harvest of ducks, snow geese and Canada geese. On state wildlife areas, a lottery drawing for waterfowl blinds will be held 90 minutes before legal shooting time at Augustine, Cedar Swamp, Woodland Beach, Ted Harvey and Assawoman wildlife areas. The lottery will be held two hours before legal shooting time at the Little Creek Wildlife Area. Hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up for the drawing. Other state wildlife areas that do not have lotteries but allow waterfowl hunting are open on youth waterfowl hunting day. Hunters also should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting. To promote youth hunting, the division is waiving blind fees for youth hunters on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days. Blind fees apply at all other times.
Youth hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm and must be accompanied by a licensed or license-exempt adult hunter age 21 or older who cannot possess a firearm during the youth waterfowl hunt. Youth hunters ages 13-15 must have completed a hunter education course, obtained a hunter education certification card and purchased a Delaware junior hunting license, which costs $5. Youth hunters ages 10-12 must possess a license exempt number and may take a hunter education course. Youth waterfowl hunters younger than age 16 must also have a federally-required Delaware harvest information program number. No state or federal waterfowl stamps are required for youth hunters.
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide.
To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, visit goo.gl/k076JL.
LEN and HIP numbers can be obtained through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration System at dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt or call 855-335-4868.