Daily waterfowl blind drawings for state blinds
Delaware -(Ammoland.com)- Although Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will not be hosting waterfowl hunting this year due to an ongoing wetland restoration project, hunters will still be able to hunt from state blinds on the adjoining state-owned Prime Hook Wildlife Area and, like last year, participate in blind drawings at the federal refuge’s check station, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.
“Since we do not have a check station at Prime Hook Wildlife Area and we have limited parking at Prime Hook’s boat ramp, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is continuing to allow us to hold daily waterfowl blind drawings for our state-owned blinds plus one nearby federally-owned blind at the Prime Hook NWR check station, the same as last year,” said DNREC Regional Wildlife Manager Rob Gano. “We will not be offering self-serve blind check-out for our regular waterfowl season.”
Delaware’s regular waterfowl season opens today and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 3, with a daily bag limit of six.
Waterfowl hunters are reminded to purchase their 2015/2016 Delaware hunting licenses and state and federal waterfowl stamps. A resident annual hunting license costs $25 for ages 16 through 64. A resident junior hunting license costs $5 for ages 13 through 15.
Residents younger than 13 or those 65 and older are not required to purchase a Delaware hunting license. Higher license prices apply to non-resident hunters, and no exemptions are made for non-residents age 65 and older on purchasing a hunting license or waterfowl stamp.
To hunt waterfowl in Delaware, residents age 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp; residents younger than 16 or those 65 and older are not required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp. For hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird hunting and conservation stamp is required to hunt waterfowl; no exemptions are made for persons 65 years or older for purchasing federal stamps. Federal duck stamps may be purchased at U.S Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges and online at www.fws.gov/duckstamps. For more information, call 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).
Hunters who are exempt from purchasing a license must obtain an annual, free License Exempt Number (LEN). Hunters of migratory gamebirds, including waterfowl, dove, woodcock and rail, also must obtain a free Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Both are available online or by calling 855-335-4868 toll-free.
If hunting waterfowl on a state wildlife area from a blind that was drawn through a lottery, all hunters in the blind are required to carry their $20 annual blind permit. This permit is waived for hunters participating in Division of Fish & Wildlife-designated youth hunting days.
Delaware hunting licenses, blind permits and waterfowl stamps are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating hunting license agent, to purchase a license or blind permit or to obtain a HIP or LEN number online, click Delaware Licenses and Permits. For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on waterfowl hunting in Delaware, visit 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the 2015/16 Delaware Migratory Game Bird Season Summary. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state. Information on specific wildlife areas and area-specific regulations is available online at Delaware Hunting Maps. The maps and migratory game bird season summary also are available in printed form at the Dover licensing desk.