DOVER – Numerous Delaware hunting seasons open in October, including Sunday firearm deer hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Deer hunting is allowed on all Sundays through the end of the deer season on Feb. 2, 2020, using only those hunting methods legal for the respective, established deer hunting seasons. Please refer to Sunday Hunting webpage for Sunday deer hunting information, including hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas.

Hunting seasons opening in October:

· Snow goose: Oct. 1-Jan. 31, 2020, and Feb. 8, 2020

· Antlerless deer: Oct. 4-6, 21, and 25-28, including Sundays

· Muzzleloader deer: Oct. 11-20, including Sundays

· Youth Waterfowl Hunt: Oct. 19

· Ducks, coots, and mergansers: first season split Oct. 25-Nov. 6

· Tundra swan, only by permit issued through a pre-season lottery, Oct. 25-Jan. 31, 2020

Continuing hunting seasons include:

· Moorhen, gallinule, sora, Virginia rail, king rail, and clapper rail: through Nov. 21

· Common snipe: through Nov. 30

· Archery and crossbow deer: through Feb. 2, 2020, including all Sundays

· Gray squirrel: through Feb. 1, 2020 (closed during November shotgun deer season)

· Coyote hunting season: through Feb. 28, 2020

· Crows: through Mar. 31, 2020 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only)

· Groundhog: through June 30, 2020

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife offers many hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas. Wildlife area maps and rules are available at Wildlife Area Hunting Maps.

A Delaware hunting license or License Exempt Number (LEN) is required to hunt, and most waterfowl hunters require a Delaware waterfowl (duck) stamp. More information on hunting license and Delaware waterfowl stamp requirements is available at Delaware Licenses. Waterfowl and other migratory

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