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
Taken by Herbert Milam in Sussex County in 1978.
Record B&C Typical Stat
Total B&C Typical Entries
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.