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Deer and wild turkey hunting season shows Delaware is a successful destination for deer and turkey hunters.

The 2019-2020 hunting season set a record with 16,969 deer harvested. 



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Delaware hunters harvested a record breaking number of deer this season.


Hunters killed more than 14,700 deer in the 2016-2017 season, up 60 from last year.

Courtesy: DNREC


Before they can hunt for wild turkey, Delawareans need to enroll in a hunter education course.


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Officials from Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are calling attention to proper hunting techniques and education.

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Officials from Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control say some of their maps may have caused confusion about what wildlife areas allow certain types of hunting, so they’ve updated those maps.

It’s not an effort to strengthen or relax policies. Division of Fish & Wildlife Program Manager Craig Rhodes said each wildlife area in the state has a map, but over the years, inconsistencies have developed, leaving hunters uncertain what’s accurate.

Ron Shawley, via Wikimedia Commons


A Delaware program that gives deer meat to needy families is seeing a decline in donations as the deer hunting harvest reached an all-time high in the state.

Sunday hunting waits for Gov. Markell's signature

Jun 7, 2016
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State senators signed off on legislation legalizing hunting on certain Sundays in Delaware.

House signs off on limited Sunday hunting bill

May 10, 2016
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One of Delaware’s last remaining blue laws may come off the books this year.


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Delaware hunters harvested a record number of deer this past season.

In the 2015-2016 season, hunters harvested 14,681 deer, about 400 more than last year.

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Rep. Jeff Spiegelman discussed the importance of forming the Delaware Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in the latest GOP message.

In late October, state lawmakers announced they were forming the Delaware Legislative Sportsmens’ Caucus. This bipartisan, bicameral committee would be devoted to protecting the rights of hunters while supporting the conservation efforts that are important to other outdoor recreationists.

Delaware lawmakers create Sportsmen's Caucus

Oct 20, 2015
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State lawmakers are forming a bipartisan, bicameral caucus to protect the rights of hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen in Delaware.


The Delaware Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus will seek to balance rights for those traditional activities with habitat and wildlife conservation.

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New Castle County Department of Special Services will conduct a unique managed deer hunt in North Wilmington in an attempt to control the local deer population.


Due to an overpopulation of deer in northern Delaware, the New Castle County Department of Special Services, along with the Delaware Master Hunters Certification Program, will send registered hunters into the park near the Sharpley and Edenridge neighborhoods in an attempt to lower the deer population.

First State completes another busy deer season

Mar 11, 2015
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Delaware hunters bagged their fourth biggest deer harvest of all-time in the 2014-2015 season.

DNREC said Wednesday that 14,239 deer were killed by First State hunters throughout the season. That’s a slight decrease from the previous season’s total of 14,263 deer.

Several records were set this past season, including the amount of deer harvested on publicly-owned lands and the amount harvested by crossbow. 54 percent of the deer brought in were does, while 46 percent were bucks.