Delaware is the second smallest state in the country, but offers excellent hunting for a number of species. The northern most part is part of the Appalachian Piedmont with hills and rolling surfaces. The southern 2/3 of the state is the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Forests. Delaware has the lowest mean elevation of any of the states. Delaware offers excellent whitetail deer hunting, turkey hunting, bird hunting, and more!
The Delaware Whitetail deer population is 35,000+. In the 2011 season, 13,559 Delaware whitetails were bagged by hunters. The number of trophy buck taken in Delaware is on par with the Midwest states. Deer may be hunted by archery/crossbow, handgun, muzzleloader and shotgun. After harvesting, your deer kill must be reported via phone or Internet. Please check for antler restrictions and if a permit is needed where you are hunting. Sika deer are also found in Delaware but are not native. Their population is very small. They are mostly seen in marshes, swamps, and associated woodlands. You may hunt these when hunting whitetail and just tag it with your whitetail deer tag. Hunter Education Course is required for those born after 1/1/1967.
The Delaware Turkey population is roughly 4,000. The turkey population is healthy and continues to increase. Turkeys were harvested in 16 of the 17 management areas with zone 4, 6, and 11 with the highest yields. Check stations are posted prior to the season. You may hunt bearded birds only. You are required to have a permit if hunting public lands. Private land hunters may hunt the entire season. Limit is 1 bird. You must take a “Turkey Hunting Course” to get your license.
The Delaware Migratory birds you may hunt are: ducks, geese, woodcocks, coots, rails, doves, and snipe. You will need a Federal Duck Stamp as well as a Delaware Duck Stamp. You also need a HIP (harvest information program) permit number. Small game you may hunt is squirrel, rabbit, groundhog, pheasant, quail, and crow. Bullfrogs may also be hunted with a valid hunting or fishing license. Trapping may be done for: muskrat, mink, otter, raccoon, opossum, red fox (need permit), and beaver (need permit). Trappers born after 1/1/1978 must take a six-hour course to obtain a trapping license.
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