Delaware Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Delaware is a small state, but don’t let its size fool you. The “Small Wonder” state has exceptional and prosperous deer hunting — in the 2015-2016 season, deer hunters bagged an all-time record of 14,681 harvested deer.

While the state offers ample hunting seasons, Delaware is strict regarding its hunting times. Sunday hunting is illegal, except on commercial shooting preserves or red fox chases during that season. As of mid-2016, pending legislation would allow for some deer season hunts on Sundays, though it is important to check with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife for additional information and updates.

Deer Seasons

Archery and Crossbow

Sept. 1-Jan. 31*


Oct. 6-14
Jan. 22-27

Shotgun  Nov. 10-19
Jan. 13-20
 Handgun  Jan. 6-13
 Special Antlerless  Oct. 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30
Dec. 9-16
Youth and Disability Hunt  Nov. 4

*Archery and crossbow hunters may bag antlered bucks through the October antlerless seasons. They may not do so during the December antlerless season.
Delaware has legalized deer hunting with a handgun during shotgun seasons as well as handgun season, though hunters can only use one take method during the hunt. It is illegal to hunt with both shotgun and handgun at the same time.

Turkey Seasons

Public Land Permit A

Public Land Permit B Apr. 21-27
 Public Land Permit C Apr. 28-May 4
 Public Land Permit D May 5-12
Youth Hunt Apr. 7

Delaware separates its turkey hunting season by private and public land permits. Hunters on private lands are able to hunt throughout the entire season, while hunters with public land hunting permits must obey additional season dates based by permit.

Small Game Seasons

Gray Squirrel

Sept. 15-Feb. 3
Closed during November shotgun deer season

Cottontail Rabbit

Nov. 20-Feb. 28


July 1-June 30

Ring-necked Pheasant
Male Only

Nov. 20-Feb. 3

Bobwhite Quail

Nov. 20-Jan. 6

Delaware hunting seasons, bagging totals and available licenses vary by region. For information on how to obtain season licenses for harvest, visit the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife website.