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2017-2018 Deleware Hunting Seasons

A tradition for many families, hunting is an exciting escape into nature. Your reward of patiently waiting in a tree stand or hunting blind is the satisfaction of taking responsibility for your own food, or finally bagging that trophy buck. Discount Ramps has all the hunting dates for Deleware, and the necessary hunting equipment to ensure a successful year.

This is a general guide to season dates. Dates are subject to change. For more information, visit the Deleware Hunting & Trapping Website.

Deer

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Sep. 1,2017 Jan. 31,2018
Crossbow Sep. 1,2017 Jan. 31,2018
Muzzleloader Oct. 6,2017 Oct. 14,2017
Jan. 22,2018 Jan. 27,2018
Shotgun Nov. 10,2017 Nov. 19,2017
Jan. 13,2018 Jan. 20,2018
Handgun Jan. 6,2018 Jan. 13,2018
Youth/Non-Ambulatory Disabled Hunt Nov. 4,2017

Turkey

Segment Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
(A) April 14,2018 April 20,2018
(B) April 21,2018 April 27,2018
(C) April 28,2018 May 4,2018
(D) May 5,2018 May 12,2018
Youth Day April 7,2018

Small Game Seasons and Bag Limits

Season Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Gray Squirrel Sep. 15,2017 Feb. 3,2018
Closed During Nov. Shotgun Deer Season
Cottontail Rabbit Nov. 20,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Groundhogs July 1,2017 June 30,2018
Ring-Necked Pheasant (Male Only) Nov. 20,2017 Feb. 3,2018
Bobwhite Quail Nov. 20,2017 Jan. 6,2018

Bullfrog and Snapping Turtle

Season Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Bullfrog May 1,2018 Sep. 30,2018
Snapping Turtle June 15,2017 May 15,2018
Diamondback Terrapin Sep. 1,2017 Nov. 15,2017

Ducks

Season Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Duck Regular Season Oct. 27,2017 Nov. 7,2017
Nov. 20,2017 Nov. 25,2017
Dec. 8,2017 Jan. 27,2018
September Teal Sep. 8,2017 Sep. 26,2017
Youth Waterfowl Hunt Oct. 21,2017 Feb. 10,2018
Sea Ducks, Scoters, Eiders, and Long-Tailed Ducks Nov. 20,2017 Jan. 27,2018
Coots Oct. 27,2017 Nov. 7,2017
Nov. 20,2017 Nov. 25,2017
Dec. 8,2017 Jan. 27,2018
Mergansers Oct. 27,2017 Nov. 7,2017
Nov. 20,2017 Nov. 25,2017
Dec. 8,2017 Jan. 27,2018

Geese and Brant

Season Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Canada Geese (Resident) Sep. 1,2017 Sep. 27,2017
Canada Geese (Migratory) Nov. 20,2017 Nov. 25,2017
Dec. 15,2017 Feb. 3,2018
Brant Nov. 20,2017 Nov. 25,2017
Dec. 2,2017 Jan. 31,2018
Snow Geese Oct. 10,2017 Feb. 10,2018
Snow Goose Conservation Order Feb. 12,2018 April 13,2018

Geese and Brant

Season Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Mourning Dove Sep. 1,2017 Sep. 30,2017
Oct. 17,2017 Oct. 21,2017
Nov. 20,2017 Jan 13,2018
King & Clapper Rails Sep. 1,2017 Nov. 9,2017
Sora & Virginia Rails Sep. 1,2017 Nov. 9,2017
Woodcock Nov. 20,2017 Dec. 2,2017
Dec. 13,2017 Jan. 13,2018
Common Snipe Sep. 19,2017 Dec. 2,2017
Dec. 13,2017 Jan. 13,2018
Moorhens & Gallinules Sep. 1,2017 Nov. 9,2017
Crows (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. Only) June 22,2017 March 31,2018

Furbearer Trapping Seasons

Species Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Muskrat, Mink, Otter, Raccoon, Opossum, Nutria New Castle County Dec. 1,2017 March 10,2018
Kent & Sussex Counties Dec. 15,2017 March 15,2018
Beaver Dec. 1,2017 March 20,2018
Red Fox, Coyote Dec. 1,2017 March 10,2018
Groundhog July 1,2017 June 30,2018

Furbearer Hunting Seasons

Species Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Raccoon and Opossum Chase Sep. 1,2017 Oct. 5,2017
Chase Oct. 16,2017 Oct. 31,2017
Hunt Nov. 1,2017 Nov. 9,2017
Hunt Nov. 18,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Chase March 1,2018 March 31,2018
Red Fox Chase Oct. 2,2017 April 30,2018
Hunt Nov. 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Coyote Statewide Sep. 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Beaver Private Land Only Dec. 1,2017 March 20,2018

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