DNREC announces hunting dates for November

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Deer ( Photo by Alan Henney)

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced the dates for Delaware’s hunting seasons in November.

Numerous Delaware hunting seasons open in November, including the shotgun deer season from Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 24, Sundays included, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced Thursday.

Other popular hunting seasons opening in November include the second season split for ducks and the first season split for Canada goose, with many other hunting seasons also opening.

The November shotgun deer season is the most popular deer season. During Delaware’s five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest typically occurs during the 10 days of the November shotgun season.

Hunting seasons opening in November:

  • Red fox (hunt only): Nov. 1 – Feb. 29, 2020
  •  Raccoon and opossum (hunt only): Nov. 1 – Feb. 29, 2020*
  • Youth/Non-ambulatory disabled hunt for deer: Nov. 2 and 3
  • Shotgun deer: Nov. 15-24, including Sundays
  • Sea ducks in special sea duck area: Nov. 23 – Jan. 31, 2020 (See page 30 of the guide for more information about special sea duck area.)
  • Ducks, coots, and mergansers second season split: Nov. 25 – 30
  •  Woodcock first season split: Nov. 25 – 30
  • Bobwhite quail: Nov. 25 – Jan. 4, 2020
  •  Mourning dove second season split: Nov. 25 – Jan. 31, 2020
  • Ring-necked pheasant (male only): Nov. 25 – Feb. 1, 2020
  • Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 25 – Feb. 29, 2020
  • Canada goose first season split: Nov. 28 – 30

Raccoon and opossum hunting season is closed during the November youth/non-ambulatory disabled hunt and November shotgun deer seasons, with the exception of the special zone where raccoon season is open all year. Special raccoon and opossum hunting hours during the December antlerless, and January handgun, shotgun, and muzzleloader seasons are 7 p.m. until midnight.

Continuing hunting seasons include:

  • Moorhen, gallinule, sora, Virginia rail, king rail, and clapper rail: through Nov. 21
  • Common snipe: through Nov. 30
  • Snow goose: through Jan. 31, 2020, and Feb. 8, 2020
  • Tundra swan: through Jan. 31, 2020, by permit only, issued via pre-season lottery
  • Gray squirrel: through Feb. 1, 2020 (closed during November shotgun deer season)
  • Archery and crossbow deer: through Feb. 2, 2020, including all Sundays
  • Coyote (hunt only): through Feb. 29, 2020
  • Crow: through Mar. 31, 2020 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only)
  • Groundhog: through June 30, 2020

A Delaware hunting license or License Exempt Number (LEN) is required to hunt, and most waterfowl hunters require a Delaware waterfowl (duck) stamp. More information on hunting license and Delaware waterfowl stamp requirements is available at Delaware Licenses.