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Delaware handgun deer season opens Jan. 7

From Delaware Dept of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

-- Handgun deer season opens Jan. 7 and runs through Jan. 14. 

Legal weapons are limited to revolvers and single shot pistols, minimum barrel length of 5.75 inches, maximum 12.5 inches, chambered for and using straightwall handgun ammunition in .357 magnum, .41 caliber, .41 magnum, .44 caliber, .44 magnum, .45 caliber, .454 caliber, .480 caliber or .50 caliber and using open sights, metallic/mechanical, optical or telescopic sights.

Since the .460 Casull is a .45 caliber, it is legal under the existing handgun legislation. The handgun must be carried openly in a sling or holster, not concealed. Handguns also may be used in place of a shotgun during any shotgun deer season.

Hunters are reminded that wearing hunter orange is required for all upland hunting.

For more information, check the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at

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