Deer Hunting in Delaware 2013

Delaware, Antler Nation State, Deer Hunting in Delaware




Est. Whitetail Population


No. Licenses Sold Annually


License Fees: Resident hunting license is $25 plus $10 for hunter's choice or antlerless tag, and $25 for quality buck or antlered tag.

Resident hunting license and deer permit


A nonresident license is $130. Some licenses are reciprocal for neighboring states and the cost may vary depending upon the state you live in, plus $10 for hunter's choice or antlerless tag, and $25 for quality buck or antlered tag.

Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

185 4/8"

Taken by Herbert Milam in Sussex County in 1978.

Record B&C Typical Stat


Total B&C Typical Entries

208 4/8"

Taken by Keith Lee in Sussex County in 2005.

Record B&C Non-Typical Stat


Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Season Dates (2013): Archery and crossbow season goes from Sept. 2 to Jan. 31. Antlerless season runs Oct. 4,5,21,25,26,28 and Dec. 14-21. Muzzleloader season is Oct. 11-19 and Jan. 27 to Feb. 1. Youth day is Nov. 2. Shotgun season runs Nov. 15-23 and Jan. 18-25. Handgun season is Jan. 4-11.

The Grade: C
Officials in Delaware are saying, Just get out there and hunt our ample deer! with the liberal season structures in this state. For instance, there's even a dedicated season for handgunners. For a state this size, Delaware has a respectable number of Boone and Crockett bucks to its credit. Attribute that to the state's suburban habitat where bucks get a chance to grow old. The only drawback: public land is at a premium in this densely populated state.

Antler Nation Knowledge: All but two of 16 Delaware typical Boone and Crockett bucks are from Sussex or Kent counties. Eight of 10 non-typical entries are from the same two counties.