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Delaware - 2016-17 Season

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SeasonDatesNotes
Duck, Coot & MerganserOct 28 - Nov 8
Nov 21 - Nov 26
Dec 9 - Jan 28
September TealSep 9 - Sep 27
Sea DucksNov 21 - Jan 28Open on Scoters, Eiders and Long-tailed Ducks. Sea Ducks may be taken not less than 800 yards (1/2 mile) seaward from the Delaware Bay shore or the Atlantic Ocean shore beginning at an east-west line between Port Mahon and the Elbow Cross Navigation Light, south to the DE-MD line
Canada Goose
(Resident)
Sep 1 - Sep 24
Canada Goose
(Migratory)
Nov 21 - Nov 26
Dec 16 - Feb 4
Includes White-fronted geese
BrantDec 2 - Jan 28
Snow & Ross's GooseOct 5 - Feb 4
Feb 11
Snow Goose Conservation OrderFeb 6 - Feb 10
Feb 13 - Apr 7
Unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are permitted
Youth HuntOct 22 & Feb 11Open to hunters ages 10-15. Hunters age 13-15 must purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. Each youth must be accompanied by a licensed non-hunting adult age 21 or older.

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpeciesDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks & Sea Ducks6, including no more than:
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 pintail
  • 2 canvasback
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 scaup
  • 6 teal
  • 6 shovelers
  • 6 gadwall
  • 6 wigeon
  • 6 goldeneye
  • 6 ring-necked ducks
  • 6 buffleheads
  • 6 ruddy ducks
  • 1 mottled duck
  • 1 fulvous whistling-duck
  • 4 scoters
  • 4 eiders
  • 4 long-tailed ducks
  • No harlequin ducks
Coots15
Mergansers5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers (6 in possession)
Canada Geese
(Resident)
15
Canada Geese
(Migratory)
2
Brant2
Snow GeeseRegular season: 25, no possession limit
Conservation Order: no bag or possession limit
Hunting TimesArea/SeasonTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Snow Goose Conservation Order1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & AmmoWeapon typeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shots
AmmunitionShot must be non-toxic.