From the Delaware Dept of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
-- This fall Delaware hunters will see a number of changes to hunting regulations, including a new crossbow season, a statewide red fox season, use of pellet firearms for squirrel hunting and licensing changes. The changes were made following public review.
Starting this fall, crossbows may be used by all hunters during a general crossbow season that runs Sept. 1, 2010, through Jan. 31, 2011. During any overlap with a deer gun season, crossbow hunters must wear 400 square inches of hunter orange as will gun hunters.
A new regulation establishes a statewide hunting season for red fox that runs Nov. 1, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2011. Following the passage of a revised statute by the Delaware General Assembly, the new season was created to allow the Division to manage the species like other furbearer species in the state. Hunters requested a red fox season for many years.
Two important statutory changes approved by the Legislature take effect this year; both involve licenses and hunting safety zones. Hunting licenses no longer have to be displayed in a back tag but hunters must carry the tag while hunting. The safety zone for hunting with archery devices, including crossbows, has been reduced to 50 yards. Gun hunting safety zones were not changed.
Another regulatory change this year states that hunters and trappers exempt from licensing because of age or property ownership will be required to obtain a Hunter and Trapper Identification Number. Like a license, this number must be carried by the hunter or trapper when they are in the field. To obtain this number, hunters can call (877)939-3678 toll free or visit www.dehip.com. The information generated by this system will allow the Division to know the total number of hunters and trappers in the state and provide a way for these sportsmen and sportswomen to be included in game harvest and hunter opinion surveys.
Squirrel hunters will also see a regulatory change this season with the addition of .17 through .22 caliber pellet firearms to the list of those allowed for hunting in Delaware. These guns must have rifled barrels.
For more information on hunting season changes, hunters can consult the 2010 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, call the DNREC Wildlife Section at (302)739-9912, or click here and scroll down to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife.