Variety of game species are in season until February

DOVER — DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued a reminder to hunters that a variety of game species are in season from now until February.

Firearm small game hunters, squirrel hunters in particular, should know that they may find themselves sharing their hunting spots with camouflaged archery deer hunters in tree stands.

All hunters also are reminded of the requirement to wear no less than a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs during all firearms deer seasons, with the exception of those hunting migratory birds. Deer hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.

Ongoing or upcoming deer seasons:

•Archery/crossbow: through Tuesday, Jan. 31 (No Sunday deer hunting allowed during archery and crossbow season except for designated Sundays during certain firearms seasons);

•Special antlerless: through Saturday, Dec. 17;

•Handgun: Saturday, Jan. 7-Saturday, Jan. 14 (No Sunday deer hunting allowed during handgun season);

•Shotgun: Saturday, Jan. 14-Saturday, Jan. 21, including Sunday, Jan. 15;

•Muzzleloader: Monday, Jan. 23-Saturday, Jan. 28 (No Sunday deer hunting allowed during January muzzleloader season).

Ongoing or upcoming waterfowl/migratory game bird seasons include:

•Ducks: through Saturday, Jan. 28;

•Brant: through Saturday, Jan. 28;

•Snow geese: through Saturday, Feb. 4

•Canada geese: Friday, Dec. 16-Saturday, Feb. 4;

•Snow Goose Conservation Order: Monday, Feb. 6-Friday, Feb. 10 and Monday, Feb. 13-Friday, April 7;

•Youth waterfowl day: Saturday, Feb. 11;

•Mourning dove: through Saturday, Jan. 14;

•Woodcock and snipe: Wednesday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Jan. 14.

Snow goose season is open on youth waterfowl day Feb. 11, but hunters must follow normal season requirements, including hunting hours 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset, plugged shotguns, no electronic calls and daily bag limit of 25.

Hunters who wish to participate in the Snow Goose Conservation Order must register for a free, annual permit after Jan. 1 and report their harvest after the season closes in April.

Ongoing small game and furbearer hunting seasons include:

•Quail: through Saturday, Jan. 7;

•Gray squirrel and pheasant: through Saturday, Feb. 4;

•Rabbit, raccoon, opossum, red fox and coyote: through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Hunters are reminded to check daily bag limits and possession limits, as well as types of firearms and ammunition permitted for the game they are planning to hunt. If hunting on public lands, hunters also should review wildlife area maps and rules, including legal shooting hours and dates, specific rules for each wildlife area and any permits they may need. Wildlife area maps and rules are available at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, or online at Delaware Wildlife Area Maps.

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