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Hunting in Delaware: Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt in Delaware? How Do I Pass Classes?

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 01:13 PM

Delaware has an abundance of hunting opportunities on both private and public lands. But before you can hit the field, you must be licensed and complete any required safety courses.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967, is required to complete the Basic Hunter Education Course, according to the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife website. The program was designed in 1970, and since that time, more than 35,000 hunters have been certified in the state.

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Completing the basic course can be done in person or online. Passing the class is a matter of taking in the material and having the ability to apply it to the situation.

In the course, hunters are taught safety, basics of gun handling, marksmanship, wildlife survival, and wildlife identification. Additionally, current state law now requires all class participants to take part in a live firing range exercise. Those who opt to take the course online use a vendor to complete the course and be certified, taking part in a one-day field day which applies the knowledge taught online. Taking the class in person is free, while taking the course online requires a payment to the vendor. Students must be at least 10 years old to attend, and anyone under the age of 12 is required to have an adult present.

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If you are looking for additional hunting opportunities, make sure additional training is not required. Delaware mandates all turkey hunters complete turkey education, which is usually held in February each year. The course can also be found online for a fee at wildturkeyhuntingcourse.com.

Trappers are also required to complete additional education. Before you can purchase a trapping license you must complete the trapper education course. This can be done in person (usually in November) or online at www.trappered.com. The course is required of all persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1978. Participants in the course will learn about trapping history, heritage and ethics, furbearing animals of Delaware, trapping equipment, boating safety, hypothermia, practical water sets, hands-on instruction, how tides affect sets, proper skinning techniques, fur handling and fur marketing.

The state also offers additional, non-required courses to hunters, including a waterfowler’s program for youth, firearms training, muzzleloader class, and handgun hunting for deer.

Remember to plan ahead, as classes tend to fill up early and hunter education is required to obtain a hunting license.

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

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