Delaware’s November shotgun deer season — which will run Nov. 10-19, including Sunday, Nov. 12 — is considered the busiest of all the deer seasons.
“It’s remarkable that during Delaware’s five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest will occur during these 10 days in mid-November,” said Emily Boyd, deer and furbearer biologist with the Division of Fish & Wildlife. “This year we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest about 14,000 deer, with nearly 6,400 of them taken during the November shotgun deer season.”
Hunters who wish to donate venison are encouraged to participate in Delaware’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. Donated deer will be processed, free of charge, to the hunter, and the meat will be distributed to participating charitable groups.
In addition to the shotgun deer season, November provides other hunting opportunities including the second season split for duck season and the opener for Canada geese.
Hunting seasons opening in November:
— Red fox (hunt): Nov. 1 through Feb. 28, 2018.
— Raccoon and opossum (hunt): Nov. 1-9 and Nov. 18 through Feb. 28, 2018.
— Youth/non-ambulatory disabled hunt for deer: Nov. 4.
— Shotgun deer: Nov. 10-19, including Sundays, Nov. 12 and 19.
— Canada geese and brant, first season split: Nov. 20-25.
— Ducks, coots and mergansers, second season split: Nov. 20-25.
— Woodcock, first season split: Nov. 20 through Dec. 2.
— Bobwhite quail: Nov. 20 through Jan. 6, 2018.
— Mourning dove, third season split: Nov. 20 through Jan. 13, 2018.
— Sea ducks: Nov. 20 through Jan. 27, 2018.
— Ring-necked pheasant (male only): Nov. 20 through Feb. 3, 2018.
— Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 20 through Feb. 28, 2018.
For more, visit eregulations.com/delaware/hunting or call 739-9912.