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Hunting in Delaware: 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:31 PM

Hunting is often a tradition handed down from adult to child and is a common source of bonding between the generations in many states, including Delaware. Learning the proper way to handle firearms and other weapons early can be beneficial to children. Youth also learn about conservation and natural resources when preparing for hunting excursions.

Like many states, Delaware has a number of rules and regulations that must be followed before young people can begin hunting in the state. Here are some things to consider prior to purchasing a hunting permit or license for your child.

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1. Complete Education Class
Prior to purchasing a hunting license, it is necessary for all youths to complete a hunter education course. No one younger than 10 years old may hunt in the state of Delaware, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Children age 10 and older need to complete and pass the basic hunter education live class or Internet course. Those taking the online course, however, will need to complete a field day exam to earn certification. Those wishing to partake in turkey hunting in the state of Delaware need to complete a one-day mandatory turkey education class. The same holds true for trappers with the one-day mandatory trapper course. Although not required, the state also offers a Young Waterfowlers Program that is recommended for young hunters who may be seeking waterfowl.

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2. Note the Dates
Unlike other forms of hunting seasons, youth hunting seasons in Delaware and elsewhere are extremely short. For example, in Delaware in 2015, the youth deer hunting season lasts for two days in late November. The state's wild turkey hunt for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters was one day in April 2015, and the youth waterfowl hunting days are single-day events in February and October.

3. Purchase the Proper License
There are three different levels of hunting licenses available in Delaware. Youths between the ages of 10 to 13 are able to hunt with a license exempt number; however, when hunting they must always be accompanied by a licensed hunter at all times. In addition, the adult must have a waterfowl stamp if the youth is hunting waterfowl. Youths between the ages of 13 and 15 are able to hunt with a junior license. Anyone age 16 or older must purchase an adult hunting license. It is also important to note that anyone who is age 15 and has a junior license must purchase an adult hunting license before taking to the field. It is possible to buy an adult license for a 15-year-old about to turn 16.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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