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Hunting in Delaware: 4 Animals To Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:31 AM

Hunting rules apply to several animals in Delaware, including smaller ones. Here are four animals to hunt in the state during the summer.

1. Crows
Crows can be hunted from the fourth Thursday in June to last Saturday in March with no limit. Hunting them is only permitted from Thursday to Saturday during the season.

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State law allows landowners to take crows without a permit if the animal is “committing or about to commit damage.” Additional depredation permits are issued by the state if landowners need to take a crow outside of regular hunting season.

2. Groundhog
Groundhogs are another no-limit animal in Delaware. Their hunting season is from July 1 to June 30, according to the state’s regulations site. They are considered an unprotected species and may be hunted with longbows, crossbows, shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, and rimfire or centerfire rifles.

3. Bullfrog
Bullfrog season takes place each summer from May 1 to Sept. 30. There is a limit of 24 bullfrogs each day. You must have a valid hunting or fishing license to take bullfrogs. Bullfrogs can be sold after they are caught.

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4. Snapping Turtles
Snapping turtles are another creature that can be hunted during the summer in Delaware. These turtles can be bagged from June 15 to May 15 with no bag limit. There is a limit on size, however. In order for the turtle to be a legal take, they must be at least 11 inches in length, measured from the curvature at the top of the turtle’s shell. Snapping turtle permits are free of charge and can be issued by the Division of Fish and Wildlife Management at the same time a trapping license is acquired. Snapping turtles may be taken with gig, trap, net or spear.

In general, keep in mind that it is illegal to hunt without a license and take more than the daily limit of any animal. Hunters also should not possess any unlawfully killed game. Firearms safety is also important. Keep in mind that weapons cannot be discharged within 15 yards of public road or shoot across a public road or right-of-way at any time of year. Failure to follow these guidelines can put your hunting future in jeopardy.

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

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