2010/11 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Seasons

 

Shooting Hours: Deer and small game (except migratory birds, wild turkey, raccoon, opossum & frogs) ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Raccoons, opossums, and frogs may be hunted at night. The shooting hours for migratory game birds and waterfowl are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

All content printed in RED are proposed dates and/or regulations. Hunters should continue to monitor this webpage sometime after mid-June to determine if the seasons and/or proposed changes were formally adopted.

2010/11 Deer Seasons

Season
 

 

Season Date(s)  

Bag Limit1   

Archery2   

September 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011  

4  

Crossbow2   

September 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011  

4  

October Antlerless  

October 1, 2, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29 & 30, 2010  

4  

October Muzzleloader  

October 8 – 16, 2010  

4  

Youth Day  

November 6, 2010  

4  

November Shotgun  

November 12 – 20, 2010  

4  

December Antlerless  

December 11 – 18, 2010  

4  

January Handgun  

January 1 – 8, 2011  

4  

January Shotgun  

January 15 – 22, 2011  

4  

January Muzzleloader  

January 24 – 29, 2011  

4  

2010/11 Small Game, Turkey, Furbearer,

Bullfrog and Turtle Seasons

Species

Season Date(s)

Daily Limit

Eastern Gray Squirrel

September 15, 2010 – February 5, 2011

6

Bobwhite Quail

November 22, 2010 – February 5, 2011

6

 

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
 

 

November 22, 2010 – February 28, 2011   

4   

Ring-necked Pheasant (male only)   

November 22, 2010 – February 5, 2011   

2   

Wild Turkey (Youth Season) 1    

To be determined   

1   

Wild Turkey1    

To be determined   

1   

Red Fox (chase only)2    

October 1, 2010 – April 31, 2011   

0   

Red Fox3    

November 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011   

No Limit   

Raccoon and Virginia Opossum (chase only)   

September 1 – October 7, 2010October 164 – October 30, 2010

 
 

 

March 1 – March 31, 2010

 

0 – Chase Only   

Raccoon and Virginia Opossum   

November 1 – 11, 2010

November 204, 2010 – February 28, 2011
 

 

No Limit   

Bullfrog   

May 1 – September 30, 2010   

24   

Snapping Turtle5    

June 15, 2010 – May 15, 2011   

No Limit   

Diamondback Terrapin   

September 1, 2010 – November 15, 2010   

4   

1Season hours are ½ before sunrise until 1:00 PM. More Information for Small Game and Turkey Hunters

  • Gray squirrels may be hunted during all seasons with shotguns, .17 and .22 cal. rimfire or pellet rifles with a rifled barrel or muzzleloading rifles up to .36 cal. south of the C&D Canal. Only shotguns may be used north of the C&D Canal. When a squirrel season overlaps with a deer firearms season, squirrel hunters must wear 400 square inches of hunter orange displayed on the head, chest and back.
  • Rabbit, Pheasant, and Quail: Hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material displayed on head, chest, and back when hunting during any deer firearm season.
  • Raccoons: Raccoons may be hunted and trapped on private land only at any time of the year, except on Sundays, in New Castle or Kent Counties from the southerly boundary of Rt. 380 and east and southeast of the center line of Rt. 13 and Rt. 113, south to the St. Jones River with permission of the landowner.
  • Bullfrog: May be taken with either a valid hunting and/or fishing license.
  • Hunters wishing to hunt turkeys on public land must enter the preseason lottery and possess a Division of F&W public land permit.
  • Youth hunters hunting turkeys during the Youth Season may only hunt on privately owned lands
  • 2From January 1 – April 31, 2011, fox hunting by chase during deer hunting season shall be permissible on private lands only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if the owner of the private land has authorized such hunting to occur thereon except no chase is permitted during the October, November and December deer seasons.

    3Red foxes may be harvested with the following: longbow; crossbow; shotgun; rimfire rifle or centerfire rifle up to .25 caliber; or a muzzle-loading rifle. However during any deer firearms season, it shall be unlawful to hunt red fox with any firearm that is not also legal for deer hunting.

    4Season reopens ½ hour after sunset

    5Minimum length is 8 inches on the curvature of the top of the shell.

     

    2010/11 Furbearer Trapping Seasons

    Species

     

    Season Date(s)

     

    Daily Limit

     

    Muskrat1, mink, otter, raccoon, and Virginia opossum

     

     

    New Castle County: December 1, 2010 – March 10, 2011

    Kent and Sussex Counties: December 15, 2010 – March 15, 2011

     

     

    No Limit

     

     

    Migratory Game Bird and Waterfowl Seasons

    Species

     

    Season Date(s)

     

    Daily Limit

     

    Mourning Dove

     

     

    September 1, 2010 – September 25, 2010 October 16, 2010 – October 30, 2010 December 10, 2010 – January 8, 2011

     

     

    15

     

     

    American Woodcock

     

     

    November 22, 2010 – December 11, 2010 December 23 – January 1, 2011

     

     

    3

     

     

    Common Snipe

     

     

    November 22, 2010 – December 11, 2010 December 23 – January 1, 2011

     

     

    8

     

     

    Common Crow

     

     

    June 24, 2010 – March 26, 2011 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays only)

     

     

    No limit

     

     

    King & Clapper Rails

     

     

    September 3, 2010 – November 11, 2010

     

     

    10

     

     

    Sora & Virginia Rails

     

     

    September 3, 2010 – November 11, 2010

     

     

    25

     

     

    Moorhens and Gallinules

     

     

    September 3, 2010 – November 11, 2010

     

     

    15

     

     

    Canada Geese (Resident)

     

     

    September 1, 2010 – September 25, 2010

     

     

    15

     

     

    Early Teal

     

     

    September 11, 2010 – September 29, 2010

     

     

    4

     

     

    Sea Ducks

     

     

    September 28, 2010 – January 29, 2011

     

     

    7

     

     

    Youth Waterfowl Day

     

     

    October 16, 2010

     

     

    6

     

     

    Ducks

     

     

    October 22, 2010 – November 2, 2010

    November 22, 2010 – December 4, 2010

    December 17, 2010 – January 29, 2011

     

     

    6

     

     

    Coots

     

     

    Same as duck season

     

     

    15

     

     

    Mergansers

     

     

    Same as duck season

     

     

    5

     

     

    Snow Goose

     

     

    October 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011

     

     

    15

     

     

    Snow Goose Conservation Order1

     

     

    February 1, 2011 – April 16, 2011

     

     

    No limit

     

     

    Canada Geese (Migratory)

     

     

    November 22, 2010 – December 4, 2010

    December 23, 2010 – January 29, 2011

     

     

    2

     

     

    Brant

     

     

    December 3, 2010 – January 29, 2011