The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recently expanded and designated special youth hunting days on public and private lands statewide.

Youth hunters ages 10-15 can enjoy youth waterfowl hunting days Oct. 20 and Feb. 9, 2019. Expanded deer hunting opportunities are provided for youth hunters by adding a Sunday to the traditional Saturday youth deer hunting day for a weekend of youth deer hunting days Nov. 3-4. The special deer hunting days are also open to adult non-ambulatory disabled hunters, but the youth waterfowl hunting days are open only to youth ages 10-15.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult companion ages 21 or older who possesses a valid Delaware hunting license or a license exempt number. Only the youth hunter may possess a firearm when participating in these hunting days, and they must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm. Youth hunters age 13-15 must purchase a Delaware junior hunting license, have completed a hunter education course and possess their hunter education card. Adult companions must also possess a Delaware waterfowl stamp unless exempted and a federal migratory bird stamp for youth waterfowl hunting days. Waterfowl hunters younger than 16 are not required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp or a federal migratory bird stamp. Youth hunters age 10-12 must possess a LEN and may take a hunter education course.

If participating in youth hunting days on state wildlife areas where deer stands and waterfowl blinds are assigned through a daily lottery, youth hunters and accompanying adults do not need to purchase a deer stand/waterfowl blind permit. A deer stand permit or waterfowl blind permit is required to hunt these areas during all other deer and waterfowl seasons. The same waiver of the deer stand/waterfowl blind permit also applies for non-ambulatory disabled hunters during the special deer hunting days.

More information on hunting license and Delaware waterfowl stamp requirements is available at bit.ly/20myTRi. Waterfowl and other migratory game bird, except crow, hunters will need a federal Harvest Information Program number. To register for a HIP number or LEN number, visit egov.delaware.gov/htr or call 855-335-4868. For hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird stamp is also required to hunt waterfowl.

Delaware hunting licenses, Delaware waterfowl stamps, and Conservation Access Passes can be purchased online; at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office, 89 Kings Highway, Dover; or from hunting license agents statewide. Federal migratory bird stamps are available at U.S. Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges and at bit.ly/1qoNpHF.

For more, visit eregulations.com/delaware/hunting.