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Maryland 2011-2012 Hunting Seasons

 

GUIDED DEER HUNTS MD

GUIDED TURKEY HUNTS MD DE VA

 

Maryland Hunting, Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits for 2011-2012
( Maryland’s hunting license year is August 1 to July 31)

MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS

Seasons, bag limits and possession limits for migratory game birds must conform to regulations and season frameworks adopted by the Secretary of the Interior.  To provide additional opportunity for public involvement in this process, the Department presents the following proposals for selected migratory species with the understanding that they may change to comply with forthcoming Federal frameworks. 

Early Waterfowl Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012

Species Open Season  Location Daily Bag Limit Possession
Limit
Early Resident Canada Goose Eastern Zone 2011*
Sept 1 -15
 
Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia State line. 8 per day 16
Early Resident Canada Goose Western Zone 2011*
Sept 1-24
Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington Counties and that part of Anne Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; that part of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County west of Route 301 to the Virginia State line. 8 per day 16
Teal ** 2011
Determined in August 2011
Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3; that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia State line. 4 teal
(blue-winged or green-winged teal) singly, or in aggregate
8
*   Special Hunting Methods for Resident Canada Geese during the September Season Only: Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells may be used to take Resident Canada geese and the shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. **Shooting hours for teal during the September season are from sunrise to sunset.

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

Regular Duck Season: Oct. 15 – Oct. 22
Nov. 12 – Nov. 25
Dec. 13 – Jan. 28
Black Duck Season: Nov. 12 – Nov. 25
Dec. 13 – Jan. 28

Daily Bag and Possession Limits

The daily bag limit of ducks is 6. The 6-duck limit (including mergansers) shall consist of no more than 5 long-tailed ducks, 4 scoters, 4 mallards (max. 2 hen mallards), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 scaup, 2 hooded mergansers, 2 pintails, 1 canvasback, 1 fulvous tree duck, 1 mottled duck, and 1 black duck (during black duck season). All other species of ducks (except harlequin ducks) may be taken up to the 6-duck limit. There is no open season for harlequin ducks. In addition to the duck bag limit, hunters may take 15 coots per day.


Sea Ducks (Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, and Eiders) in Special Sea Duck Zone

Season Dates: Oct. 1 – Jan. 28
Daily Bag Limit: 5 (no more than 4 scoters) per day

 


Atlantic Population (AP) Canada Geese

Season Dates: Nov. 19 – Nov. 25
Dec. 15 – Jan. 28
Daily Bag Limit: 2 per day*

AP Harvest Zone:

Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; that portion of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line.

* The daily bag limit may include Canada geese, cackling geese, and white-fronted geese singly or in aggregate.


Resident Population Canada Geese (Regular Season)

Season Dates: Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
Dec. 15 – Mar. 3
Daily Bag Limit: 5 per day*

RP Harvest Zone:

Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington Counties; that portion of Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; that portion of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that portion of Charles County west of Route 301 to the Virginia line.

* The daily bag limit may include Canada geese, cackling geese, and white-fronted geese singly or in aggregate.

Map of Regular Canada Goose Hunting Zones in Maryland


Atlantic Brant

Season Dates: Nov. 17 – Nov. 25
Dec. 12 – Jan. 28
Daily Bag Limit: 2 per day

Light Geese
(Greater and Lesser Snow Geese, Ross’ Geese)

Season Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 25
Dec. 12 – Jan. 28
Daily Bag Limit: 25 per day. No possession limit.

2012 Light Goose Conservation Order Season

Season Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 10
Jan. 30 – April 14
Daily Bag Limit: No bag limit or possession limit

Light Goose Conservation Season Harvest Zone (not open in special sea duck zone):

Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; that portion of Prince Georges County east of Routes 3 and 301; and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line.

Special Regulations during Light Goose Conservation Order Season:

  1. Hunters may use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls.
  2. Extended shooting hours to one-half hour after sunset; and
  3. Hunters must possess a Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit while hunting light geese. 
    Permits available from DNR sport license agents, online at https://www2.md.wildlifelicense.com/  or by phone (1-800-918-2870) for a $5 fee.

No Open Season for Swans (tundra, trumpeter, and mute swans)

 

 WEBLESS MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS

Webless Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012 

Species Open Season  Location Daily Bag Limit Possession
Limit
Woodcock 2011-12To be announced All counties 3 per day 6
Mourning Dove 2011-12Sep 1  – Oct 8
Nov 12 – Nov 25
Dec 21 – Jan 7
All counties 15 per day 30
Clapper & King Rails 2011
Sep 1 – Nov 9
 All counties 10 per day
(no more than
1 King Rail)
20
Sora & Virginia Rails 2011
Sep 1 – Nov 9 
All counties 25 per day 25
Common Snipe 2011-12
Sep 28 – Nov 25
Dec 12 – Jan  28
All counties 8 per day 16

 



UPLAND GAME

Upland Game Seasons and Bag Limits
2011-2012
 

Species Open Season  Location Daily Bag Limit Possession
Limit
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit 2011-12Nov 5 – Feb 29 All counties 4 per day 8
Snowshoe Hare CLOSED SEASON
Quail 2011-12
Nov 5 – Jan 14
Lands owned or managed by DNR – excluding Garrett and Allegany counties  6 per dayNo more than 3 on lands owned or managed by DNR   12
Quail 2011-12
Nov 5 – Jan 14
Private lands west of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I-95 south to VA. ; excluding Garrett and Allegany counties
Quail 2011-12
Nov 5 – Feb 15
Private lands east of I-83 from PA south to I-695 to I-95 south to VA
Quail CLOSED SEASON Garrett and Allegany counties    
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Quail
(falconry)
2011-12
Nov 5 – Mar 31
All counties 4 per day 8
Pheasant
(male only)
2011
Nov 5 – Dec 31
All counties 1 per day 2
Pheasant  (falconry, both sexes) 2011-12
Nov 5 – Mar 31
All counties 1 per day 2
Crow 2011-12
Aug 15-Mar 15 
Wed – Sat Only
All counties No Limit No Limit
 
 
 


FOREST GAME (except deer)
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Forest Game Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012

Species Open Season  Location Daily Bag Limit Possession
Limit
Black Bear 2011Oct 24 – Oct 29Permit Required Allegany and Garrett counties 1 per day with no more than 1 per permitted bear hunting team 1 per season with no more than 1 per permitted bear hunting team
Wild Turkey, fall season,
either sex
2011
Oct 29 – Nov 5
Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties 1 1per season
Wild Turkey, spring season, Junior Hunt* 2011
April 162012
April 14
 All counties 1 bearded turkey 2 bearded turkeys per season 
Wild Turkey, spring season 2011
Apr 18 – May 232012
Apr 18 – May 23
All counties 1 bearded turkey
Squirrel – Gray & Eastern Fox 2011-12
Sep 3 – Feb 29
All counties 6 per day 12
Squirrel – Gray & Eastern Fox
(falconry)
2011-12
Sep 3 – Mar 31
  6 per day 12
Squirrel – Red or Piney 2011-12
Sep 3 – Feb 29
All counties No Limit No Limit
Squirrel – Red or Piney
(falconry)
2011-12
Sep 3 – Mar 31
All counties No Limit No Limit
Delmarva Fox Squirrel Closed Season  All counties  
Ruffed grouse 2011-12
Oct 1 – Jan 31
All counties 2 per day 4
Ruffed grouse
(falconry)
2011-12
Oct 1 – Mar 31
All counties 2 per day 4
* Hunters age 16 or younger only; must be accompanied by a licensed (or exempt from license requirement) unarmed adult age 21 or older.

 

 
 
 


FURBEARERS
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Furbearer Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012

Species Open Season  Location Daily Bag Limit Possession
Limit
Fox
(Red and Gray)Firearms, Bow, Crossbow and Trapping
2011-12Nov 1 – Jan 19 Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, and Washington counties No Limit No Limit
2011-12Nov 15 –Jan 31 Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties No Limit No Limit 
2011-12Aug 1 – Jul 31 Charles and Dorchester counties No Limit No Limit
Beaver
Closed to Nonresidents
2011-12Dec 15-Mar 15 All counties No Limit No Limit
Bobcat CLOSED SEASON All counties  
Coyote
Firearms, Bow and Crossbow only.
Coyotes may be hunted in all counties year-round during daylight hours (1/2 hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset) except Sunday No Limit No Limit
2011-12Oct 15-Mar 15 Coyotes may be hunted in all counties day and night, except Sundays No Limit No Limit
CoyoteTrapping 2011-12Nov 1 – Jan 19 In that portion of the State WEST of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River No Limit No Limit  
2011-12Nov 15-Jan 31 In that portion of the State EAST of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River No Limit No Limit
Fisher 2011-12Nov 1 – Jan 19 All counties 2 per day  2 per season
Muskrat and Mink 2011-12Nov 15-Feb 15 Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington counties No Limit No Limit
2011-12Dec 15-Mar 15 Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset and Worcester counties No Limit No Limit
2012Jan 2 – Mar 15 Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot and Wicomico counties No Limit No Limit
Nutria 2011-12Aug 1 – Jul 31 All counties* No Limit No Limit
Otter
Closed to
Nonresidents
2011-12Dec 15-Mar 15 In Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties 2
per day
2
per season
In all other counties (except Allegany and Garrett counties) 10
per day
10
per season
CLOSED SEASON Allegany and Garrett counties  
Raccoon and Opossum
ChasingNo Kill
2011-12Aug 1 – Oct 14Mar 16 – Jul 31 All counties  
Raccoon and Opossum
Firearms, Bow, Crossbow, and Dog
2011-12Oct 15-Mar 15 All counties No Limit No Limit
Raccoon and Opossum
Trapping
2011-12Nov 1 – Mar 15 In that portion of the State WEST of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River No Limit No Limit
2011-12Nov 15-Mar 15 In that portion of the State EAST of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River No Limit No Limit
Skunk and
Long – Tailed Weasel
2011-12Nov 1 – Jan 19 In that portion of the State WEST of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River No Limit No Limit
2011-12Nov 15–Jan 31 In that portion of the State EAST of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River No Limit No Limit
*On those lands owned or controlled by DNR in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties only leaseholders or their appointees can hunt or trap furbearers and nutria between Nov 15 and Mar 15.

 

 
 
 


WHITE-TAILED AND SIKA DEER
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

NOTE: DNR has supported legislation to expand Sunday hunting for deer.  However, current Maryland law prohibits DNR from amending Sunday hunting restrictions through the regulatory process without prior approval from the Maryland Legislature. DNR will add additional Sunday hunting dates if they are approved by the Maryland Legislature.

 Region A:  Deer Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012
Allegany, Garrett, and Washington (Zone 2) counties
 

Region A: White-tailed Deer Bow Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season Antlered or Antlerless Total Bag Limit:1 Antlered1 Antlerless*
2011-12
Sep 15 – Oct 19
Oct 23 – Nov 25
Dec 12 – Dec 16
Jan 2 – Jan 31
Crossbows are legal for all hunters to use during the entire Deer Bow Season in Region A.   The Deer Bow Season Bag Limit applies to all deer taken with either a vertical bow or crossbow during the Deer Bow Season.
* Hunters may harvest up to 3 antlerless deer per year in Region A (one each during the Bow, Firearm, and Muzzleloader seasons).  However, hunters may not take more than 2 of their overall Region A antlerless bag limit on public lands.  Antlerless deer harvested on Junior Hunt Day are excluded from this restriction.
Region A: DNR Public Lands Description: Region A DNR Public Lands include: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only), Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac-Garrett State Forest, Prather’s Neck WMA, Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only), Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA, Woodmont, Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA and Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River.
Special Regulations for Nov 12, 2011:
(1) Vertical bow and crossbow hunters must wear fluorescent orange; (2) Any deer taken with a vertical bow or crossbow on these dates must count towards the Bow Season Bag Limits (excluding youth on Junior Hunt Day).
Sunday Deer Hunting:  Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, and November 13, 2011 on private land only.     

 

Region A: White-tailed Deer Firearm Junior Hunt* Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season Antlered or Antlerless
(Only 1 deer may be taken on this date)
Total bag limit: 1 Antlered or 1 Antlerless
Junior Hunt*

2011

Nov 12
 * Hunters age 16 or younger only; must be accompanied by a licensed (or exempt from license requirement) unarmed adult age 21 or older. Deer taken by youth on the Junior Hunt day do not count towards the bow, muzzleloader, or firearm bag limits.

 

Region A: White-tailed Deer Firearm Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season DNR Public Lands Total Bag Limit:1 Antlered1 Antlerless*
2011
Nov 26 – Dec 9
Antlered Only 
2011
Dec 10
Antlered or Antlerless
Open Season All Other Lands
2011
Nov 26 – Dec 8
Antlered Only
2011
Dec 9 – Dec 10
Antlered or Antlerless
* Hunters may harvest up to 3 antlerless deer per year in Region A (one each during the Firearm, Bow, and Muzzleloader seasons).  However, hunters may not take more than 2 of their overall Region A antlerless bag limit on public lands.  Antlerless deer harvested on Junior Hunt Day are excluded from this restriction.
Region A: DNR Public Lands Description: Region A DNR Public Lands include: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only), Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac-Garrett State Forest, Prather’s Neck WMA, Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only), Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA, Woodmont, Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA and Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River.
Sunday Deer Hunting:  Deer Firearm Season is open on Sunday Nov 27, 2011 in Allegany, Garrett, and Washington (Zone 2) counties on private land only.

 

Region A: White-tailed Deer Muzzleloader Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season DNR Public Lands Total Bag Limit:1 Antlered1 Antlerless*
2011
Oct 20 – Oct 22
Antlered Only
(Only 1 deer may be taken during these dates on either public or private lands)
2011
Dec 17 – Dec 30
Antlered Only
2011-12
Dec 31
Antlered or Antlerless
Open Season All Other Lands
2011
Oct 20 – Oct 22
Antlered or Antlerless
(Only 1 deer may be taken during these dates on either public or private lands)
2011
Dec 17 – Dec 28
Antlered Only
2011
Dec 29 – Dec 31
Antlered or Antlerless
* Hunters may harvest up to 3 antlerless deer per year in Region A (one each during the Muzzleloader, Bow, and Firearm seasons).  However, hunters may not take more than 2 of their overall Region A antlerless bag limit on public lands.  Antlerless deer harvested on Junior Hunt Day are excluded from this restriction.
Region A: DNR Public Lands Description: Region A DNR Public Lands include: Billmeyer-Belle Grove WMA, Dan’s Mountain WMA, Deep Creek Lake State Park (Designated Areas Only), Green Ridge State Forest, Indian Springs WMA, Mount Nebo WMA, Potomac-Garrett State Forest, Prather’s Neck WMA, Rocky Gap State Park (Designated Areas Only), Savage River State Forest, Sideling Hill WMA, Warrior Mountain WMA, Woodmont, Youghiogheny Reservoir CWMA and Youghiogheny Scenic Wild River.

Region B: Deer Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012

Anne Arundel*, Baltimore*, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard*, Kent, Montgomery*, Prince George’s*, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico and Worcester counties

* Suburban deer archery zone of Region B: For vertical bow and crossbow hunting only: unlimited antlerless deer may be taken in these counties during the open bow season only.

Region B: White-tailed Deer Bow Seasons & Bag Limits
2 antlerless deer must be taken before a second antlered deer can be taken. 
A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp is required to take a second antlered deer.
Open season Antlered or Antlerless  Total Bag Limit:
2 Antlered
10 Antlerless* Unlimited Antlerless in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties
2011-12
Sep 15 – Oct 19  Oct 23 (see Sunday Deer Hunting below)
Oct 24 – Nov 25
Dec 12 – Dec 16
Jan. 2 – Jan 5
Jan 9 – Jan 31
Crossbows are legal for all hunters to use during the entire Deer Bow Season in Region B.   The Deer Bow Season Bag Limit applies to all deer taken with either a vertical bow or crossbow during the Deer Bow Season.
Special Regulations for Oct 24 29, 2011 & Nov 12, 2011:
(1) Vertical bow and crossbow hunters must wear fluorescent orange; (2) Any deer taken with a vertical bow or crossbow on these dates must count towards the Bow Season Bag Limits (excluding youth on Junior Hunt Day).
Sunday Deer Hunting:  In Calvert, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico, and Worcester counties on private lands only – Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13, 2011.In Anne Arundel, Caroline, Cecil, Harford, Kent, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s, counties on private lands only – Deer Bow Season is open on Sunday November 6, 2011.
Region B Suburban Deer Archery Zone – Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s counties:  During the Bow Season, vertical bow and crossbow hunters may take an unlimited number of antlerless deer within Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Bow Season antlerless bag limit for all other Region B counties is 10. All antlerless deer taken with a vertical bow or crossbow in the Bow Hunting Suburban Zone will be recorded on the hunter’s Big Game Harvest Record. If a hunter needs another Big Game Harvest Record, one can be printed at a Maryland Sports License Agent.

 

Region B: White-tailed Deer Firearm Junior Hunt Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season Antlered or Antlerless
(Only 3 deer may be taken on this date)
 Total bag Limit:3 deer No more than 1 Antlered
Junior Hunt*
2011
Nov 12
 * Hunters age 16 or younger only; must be accompanied by a licensed (or exempt from license requirement) unarmed adult age 21 or older.  Deer taken by youth on the Junior Hunt day do not count towards the bow, muzzleloader, or firearm bag limits.

 

Region B: White-tailed Deer Firearm Seasons & Bag Limits
2 antlerless deer must be taken before a second antlered deer can be taken.
A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp is required to take a second antlered deer.
Open Season  
2011-12
Nov 26 – Dec 10
Jan 6 – Jan 7
Antlered or Antlerless Total Bag Limit:
2 Antlered
10 Antlerless
Sunday Deer Hunting:  Deer Firearm Season is open on Sunday Nov 27, 2011 in Anne Arundel, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington (Zone 1), Wicomico, and Worcester counties on private land only.Deer Firearms Season is open on Sunday November 27 and December 4, 2011 in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties on private land only.

 

Region B: White-tailed Deer Muzzleloader Seasons & Bag Limits
2 antlerless deer must be taken before a second antlered deer can be taken. 
A Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp is required to take a second antlered deer.
Dates  
2011
Oct 20 – Oct 22
Antlered or Antlerless
(Only 1 Antlered deer may be taken during these dates)
Total Bag Limit:
2 Antlered
10 Antlerless
2011
Oct 24 – Oct 29
Antlerless Only
2011
Dec 17 – Dec 31
Antlered or Antlerless
 

Sika Deer

Sika Deer Seasons & Bag Limits
2011-2012
Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties only

Sika Deer Bow Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season Antlered or Antlerless Total Bag Limit: 2 deerNo more than 1 Antlered
2011-12
Sep 15 – Oct 19          Oct 23 (see Sunday Deer Hunting below)
Oct 24 – Nov 25
Dec 12 – Dec 16
Jan 2 –  Jan 5
Jan 9 –  Jan 31
Crossbows are legal for all hunters to use during the entire Sika Deer Bow Season.   The Sika Deer Bow Season Bag Limit applies to all deer taken with either a vertical bow or crossbow during the Sika Deer Bow Season.
Special Regulations for Oct 24 29, 2011 and Nov 12, 2011:
(1) Vertical bow and crossbow hunters must wear fluorescent orange; (2) Any deer taken with a vertical bow or crossbow on these dates must count towards the Bow Season Bag Limits (excluding youth on Junior Hunt Day).
Sunday Deer Hunting: In Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties on private land only – Deer Bow Season is open on Sundays October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, and November 13, 2011.Deer Bow Season is open on Sunday November 6, 2011 in Caroline County on private land only.

 

Sika Deer Firearm Junior Hunt* Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season Antlered or Antlerless
(Only 1 deer may be taken on this date)
Total bag Limit:1 Antlered or1 Antlerless
Junior Hunt*2011
Nov 12
 * Hunters age 16 or younger only; must be accompanied by a licensed (or exempt from license requirement) unarmed adult age 21 or older.  Deer taken by youth on the Junior Hunt day do not count towards the bow, muzzleloader, or firearm bag limits.

 

Sika Deer Firearm Seasons & Bag Limits
Open Season Antlered or Antlerless Total Bag Limit: 2 deerNo more than 1 Antlered
2011-2012
Nov 26 – Dec 10
Jan 6 – Jan 7
Sunday Deer Hunting:  Sika Deer Firearm Season is open on Sunday Nov 27, 2011 in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties on private land only.

 

Sika Deer Muzzleloader Seasons & Bag Limits
      Open Season Antlered or Antlerless
(Only 1 sika deer may be taken during these dates)
Total Bag Limit: 2 deerNo more than 1 Antlered
2011
Oct 20 – Oct 22
2011
Oct 24 – Oct 29
Antlerless Only
(Only 1 sika deer may be taken during these dates)
2011
Dec 17 – Dec 31
Antlered or Antlerless
 

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Delaware Hunting Seasons 2010 – 2011

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 SeasonsSpecies 

Season Date(s)  

Daily Limit  

Eastern Gray Squirrel  September 15, 2010 – February 5, 2011 
Bobwhite Quail  November 22, 2010 – February 5, 2011 
 

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, 2011Kent 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 
    Common Snipe  November 22, 2010 – December 11, 2010 December 23 – January 1, 2011 
    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 
    Sea Ducks  September 28, 2010 – January 29, 2011 
    Youth Waterfowl Day  October 16, 2010 
    Ducks  October 22, 2010 – November 2, 2010November 22, 2010 – December 4, 2010 December 17, 2010 – January 29, 2011 
    Coots  Same as duck season  15 
    Mergansers  Same as duck season 
    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, 2010December 23, 2010 – January 29, 2011 
    Brant  December 3, 2010 – January 29, 2011 

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    DELAWARE PROPOSED HUNTING SEASONS 2010-2011

    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

     

     

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