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Delaware Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Delaware, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunt zones. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Delaware is known for whitetail and waterfowl hunting. With its coastal marshes and sea ducks, the state is on a bucket list for many hunters.

Terrain

Delaware is very flat, with the lowest mean elevation of any state in the nation. Its highest peak is located at Ebright Azimuth and is less than 450 feet above sea level. The state’s northernmost part contains a piece of the Piedmont Plateau with hills and hardwood forests.

Delaware Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Coyote
Coyote
No limit.
Sep 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery
Statewide. May also use crossbow during this season.
Sep 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Special Antlerless 1
Statewide.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader 1
Statewide.
Oct 7, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Antlerless 2
Statewide.
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 17, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Antlerless 3
Statewide.
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 24, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Antlerless 4
Statewide.
Oct 28, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth & Disabled Hunt
Statewide.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – Shotgun 1
Statewide.
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Antlerless 5
Statewide.
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Handgun 1
Statewide.
Jan 7, 2023 Jan 7, 2023
Deer
Deer – Handgun 2
Statewide.
Jan 9, 2023 Jan 14, 2023
Deer
Deer – Shotgun 2
Statewide.
Jan 14, 2023 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader 2
Statewide.
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 29, 2023
Duck
Duck – September Teal
Daily bag limit of 6.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 28, 2022
Duck
Duck – Regular Part 1
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate.
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Regular Part 2
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate.
Nov 21, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Duck
Duck – Regular Part 3
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate.
Dec 9, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Fox
Red Fox
No limit. Season closed during the Oct. muzzleloader, Oct. antlerless, Nov. youth and non-ambulatory hunt, Nov. general firearm, and Dec. antlerless seasons.
Nov 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Goose
Goose – Early Canada Goose
Daily bag limit of 15.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 24, 2022
Goose
Goose – Snow Goose Part 1
Daily bag limit of 25.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose Part 1
Daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 23, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose Part 2
Daily bag limit of 2.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 23, 2023
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order Part 1
Snow goose no limit.
Feb 1, 2023 Feb 3, 2023
Goose
Goose – Snow Goose Part 2
Daily bag limit of 25.
Feb 4, 2023 Feb 4, 2023
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order Part 2
Snow goose no limit.
Feb 6, 2023 Apr 7, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant
Males only. Daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 21, 2022 Feb 4, 2023
Quail Game Type
Bobwhite Quail
Daily bag limit of 6.
Nov 21, 2022 Jan 7, 2023
Rabbit
Cottontail Rabbit
Daily bag limit of 4.
Nov 21, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Segment A
Season limit of 1 bearded turkey. Special permits are required and must be applied for.
Apr 8, 2023 Apr 14, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Segment B
Season limit of 1 bearded turkey. Special permits are required and must be applied for.
Apr 15, 2023 Apr 21, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Segment C
Season limit of 1 bearded turkey. Special permits are required and must be applied for.
Apr 22, 2023 Apr 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Segment D
Season limit of 1 bearded turkey. Special permits are required and must be applied for.
Apr 29, 2023 May 6, 2023

Delaware Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Delaware hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Delaware hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Delaware hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunt zones, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Delaware.

Hunt Zones

There are 17-plus Delaware Wildlife Management Zones (aka. Hunt Zones), with Zone 1 being divided into Zones 1A and 1B. Each hunt zone has its own set of regulations and limits for harvesting game animals. Be sure you are aware of each of the zone’s restrictions. Click below to view Delaware’s hunt zones in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

DE Private Lands Preview

DE Private Lands

Over 360,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Delaware. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

DE Gov Lands Preview

DE Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 160,000 acres in Delaware to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

DE Deer & Turkey Zones Preview

DE Deer & Turkey Zones

Delaware Deer / Turkey Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.


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