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Delaware Sunday deer hunting on public and private lands

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today five upcoming Sunday deer hunting opportunities for the 2016/2017 hunting season, based on a recent change in state law that allows Sunday deer hunting in Delaware. The new law allows only for hunting deer on Sunday, no other game, with deer hunting to be allowed on selected public lands on the following Sunday dates:

· Oct. 9

· Nov. 13

· Nov. 20

· Dec. 11

· Jan. 15, 2017

Sunday deer hunting is also allowed on private lands in Delaware on the same dates, with landowner permission required.

After consideration of public input and recommendations of the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, the Division Fish & Wildlife announced that selected tracts on 80 percent of Delaware’s state wildlife areas will be open for deer hunting on the dates above. To learn which wildlife area tracts are open for Sunday deer hunting, and for more details about Sunday deer hunting opportunities in Delaware, including county overview maps of the wildlife areas, please visit the Fish & Wildlife website.

State wildlife areas and public lands that have selected tracts OPEN to Sunday deer hunting, but other tracts that are CLOSED to Sunday deer hunting on the dates above are:

New Castle County

· Augustine Wildlife Area, near Port Penn

· C&D Canal Conservation Area, near St. Georges

· DNERR – Blackbird Creek Reserve, near Townsend

Kent County

· Little Creek Wildlife Area, east of Dover

· Ted Harvey Conservation Area, southeast of Dover

· Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, near Felton

Sussex County

· Assawoman Wildlife Area, near Millville

· Nanticoke Wildlife Area, Seaford/Bethel area

· Milford Neck Wildlife Area

Deer can be hunted on selected public lands open to Sunday deer hunting during Delaware’s regular hunting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. All DNREC’s Delaware State Parks lands are CLOSED to Sunday deer hunting. Hunting on private property always requires landowner permission.

For more information on Sunday deer hunting, or to request printed copies of wildlife area maps showing areas open and closed to Sunday deer hunting, please call the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.

For more information on the 2016/2017 hunting seasons and Division of Fish & Wildlife-managed wildlife areas, please consult 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and Delaware Wildlife Area Maps. Printed copies of the guide and maps are available at DNREC’s licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. The guide is also available from license agents throughout the state.