Delaware Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Delaware Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Delaware?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Delaware Hunting Seasons Dates

The Delaware hunting season website describes the hunting in this State as follows:

“While Delaware is a small state, we have great hunting and trapping opportunities for a variety of abundant wildlife game species. Science guides the Division of Fish & Wildlife as we manage and sustain these game populations throughout the state, establishing the Diamond State as a gem for resident and nonresident hunters and trappers.”

Delaware also has special rules regarding Sunday hunting across different species. Please check the relevant regulations on their website.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Delaware Deer Hunting Season

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife makes this statement about the deer hunting season.

“Our robust white-tailed deer population provides exceptional hunting, both for number and quality of deer, with additional deer harvest needed to manage the herd in balance with their habitats. Deer hunting opportunities have been greatly expanded with the opening of all Sundays during the five month deer hunting season, and by authorizing the use of additional firearms during certain deer hunting seasons.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
rifles Shotguns Muzzleloaders HandgunNov 15-24 & Jan 18-26
Muzzleloader specialOct 11-20 & Jan 27-Feb 2
Handgun specialJan 4 & Jan 6-11
Bow incl CrossbowSept 1-Feb 2
Youth HuntsNov 2-3
Disabled HuntNov 2-3

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Delaware Turkey Hunting Season

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife makes this statement about the turkey hunting season.

“Our wild turkey population has been restored through conservation investments, pro-viding exciting hunting each spring. And we are working to provide new and additional hunting seasons and opportunities in the near future.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Permit A Public LandApril 11 – April 17
Permit B Public LandApril 18 – April 24
Permit C Public LandApril 25 – May 1
Permit D Public LandMay 2 – May 9

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Delaware Furbearers Hunting Season

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife makes this statement about the small game hunting and trapping season.

“Hunting and trapping opportunities are available on our nearly 62,000 acres of public wildlife areas located throughout the state that are open and managed for you, the hunter and trapper. We continue to improve access on these wildlife areas, where we are also expanding habitat for small game species, including bobwhite quail.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
CoyoteSept 2-Feb 28
BeaverDec 2-Mar 20
Muskrat, Mink, Otter (Trapping)Dec 1- Mar 10 Or Dec 15-Mar15*
Racoon, OpossumNov 1-Feb 29
red FoxNov 1-Feb 28
Groundhog (Trapping)July 1-June 30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Delaware Small Game Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Cottontail RabbitNov 25-Feb 29
Gray SquirrelSept 14-Feb 1**

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

** Closed during deer shotgun season

Delaware Game Bird Hunting Season

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife makes this statement about the game bird hunting season.

“Delaware’s quality waterfowl hunting is legendary on our extensive wetlands and waterways.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Ducks (Regualar)Oct 25–Nov 6, Nov 25-30 &Dec 13-Jan 31
Teal (Special)Sept 12-30
Sea ducksNov 23-Jan 31
Canada goose (Resident)Sept 2-25
Snow GooseOct 1-Jan 31 & Feb 8
Bobwhite QuailNov 25-Jan 4
Pheasant (Male)Nov 25-Feb 1

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

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