Environmental Stewardship Program

152 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9220

General Information

The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation allows hunting on its lands as a tool for wildlife management. It is permitted only when compatible with Division management objectives.

All hunters wishing to hunt on State Park lands must first register for the Delaware State Parks Hunting Program. The State Parks Hunting Registration must be carried, along with a valid Delaware Hunting license, whenever hunting on State Park lands. There is a $10 charge for registration.The registration is valid in all state parks that allow hunting in the 2015 — 2016 hunting season.

Some parks have additional pre-registration requirements. Hunters are urged to contact each park directly for complete information.

Special hunting rules are in effect at each State Park. These rules and park hunting maps must be obtained prior to hunting each site. They are available in printed form at each park where hunting is allowed, or at 89 Kings Highway, Dover. These special rules are in addition to the regulations outlined in the 2015-16 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide

Bullfrog, snapping turtle and terrapin hunting is prohibited in all areas.

State Parks are multiple use areas. Hunters must share areas with other uses such as hiking, camping, biking, horseback riding, and boating. Extreme caution is required when hunting on State Park lands.

Additional Park Registration Requirements

The following parks use lotteries to assign deer stands during certain shotgun seasons:

  • Brandywine Creek State Park
  • Fort Dupont State Park

To participate in the deer shotgun season in these areas, you must enter the state deer stands lottery. An application form for the lottery may be found in the 2015-16 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

To register for the archery program at White Clay Creek State Park, you must register at the park office. Call (302) 368-6900 for more information.

To hunt during any shotgun deer season at Lums Pond State Park, you must pre-register in person at the park office. Call the park office at (302) 368-6989 for more information.