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Delaware plans March 25 hearing on wildlife regulation updates

From the Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

-- A public hearing March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Delaware DNREC Richardson and Robbins Building in Dover will address a number of proposed regulatory changes considered to Regulation 3900 – Wildlife. Many of these are of interest to white-tail deer hunters.

These include:  

--Definitions – define “quality buck” as a buck with a minimum outside antler spread of 14 inches.

--Method of take – allow crossbows to be used during all deer seasons; establish a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds for longbows; eliminate the maximum pull weight for crossbows and allow scopes on crossbows; make it unlawful to carry a crossbow in a locked position within a motor vehicle; clarify when trapping equipment may be placed in the field and when it must be removed; allow pellet rifles to be used for gray squirrel hunting; clarify what firearms may be used for red fox hunting; and restrict firearms that can be used for red fox hunting during deer season.

--Federal laws and regulations adopted – require non-toxic shot for hunting rails, snipe and moorhens; and restrict mute swan hunting to the general waterfowl season and shooting hours.

--Seasons – establish a hunting season for red fox.

--Deer – clarify that only two antlered deer may be taken during any given license year running from July 1 to June 30; eliminate the requirement that deer hides must be tagged in order to be sold; clarify language regarding deer check stations.

--Guide license requirements – exempt non-residents from the guide license requirement when they are guiding for snow geese in Delaware.

--Hunter and trapper identification number – require that hunters and trappers exempt from licenses obtain a free hunter and trapper identification number.
The Division is accepting public comments on the proposed amendments through 4:30 p.m. March 31. Written comments may be sent to Ken Reynolds, Wildlife Section, 6180 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna, DE 19977, faxed to (302)653-6755 or emailed to

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