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During the Delaware Muzzleloader Hunting Season it is unlawful to transport a muzzleloader with a charge in the barrel unless the cap or primer is removed and the gun is enclosed in a case or the striking mechanism is removed. A muzzleloader should be no smaller than .42 caliber.

Delaware Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Delaware Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Deer Muzzleloader Season

Statewide – Oct. 6 – 14 and Jan. 13 – 20 – Muzzleloader handguns, rifles and shotguns may all be equipped with scopes.

During the Delaware Muzzleloader Hunting Season it is unlawful to transport a muzzleloader with a charge in the barrel unless the cap or primer is removed and the gun is enclosed in a case or the striking mechanism is removed. A muzzleloader should be no smaller than .42 caliber.

Delaware Muzzleloader Hunting Season Firearms and Archery Equipment rules:

  • Have a loaded firearm, or a cocked crossbow, in or on a motorboat while underway, or in, against, or on a motor vehicle or farm machinery.
  • Transport a muzzleloader with a charge in the barrel unless the cap or primer is removed and the gun is enclosed in a case or the striking mechanism is removed.
  • Hunt at night (1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise) except that frogs, raccoons and opossum may be hunted at night using a handheld light.
  • Take game using a shotgun larger than 10 gauge, a fully automatic loading gun (machine gun), or use a centerfire rifle, except groundhogs, foxes and coyotes may be hunted with a centerfire rifle.
  • Use a shot larger than No. 2, except when hunting deer. Waterfowl hunters may use non-toxic shot up to size T.
  • Use a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells in total except for snow geese during the Conservation Order.
  • Use poison or explosive tip arrows.
  • Use a punt or swivel gun or any gun not normally fired from the shoulder.

Delaware Muzzleloader Hunting Season

(Deer) October 9th-17th and January 25th-30th

GENERAL

  • Hunt out-of-season, without a license, take more than the daily limit, or possess unlawfully killed game.
  • Hunt within 100 yards of an occupied structure (unless hunter is the owner or occupant, or has permission from the owner or occupant) or drop shot on buildings or people. In New Castle County, north of I-295 and I-95 the distance is 200 yards. However, when hunting deer with archery equipment, a hunter must be at least 50 yards from a structure.
  • Discharge any firearm from or within 15 yards of public road or shoot across a public road or right-of-way.
  • Trespass with gun or dog or trap on private property without prior permission of the landowner whether or not the land is “posted.”
  • Damage any nest, den, or lair of game animals or birds.
  • Use an artificial light to illuminate wildlife from a motor vehicle for the purpose of hunting or observation.
  • Use night vision or infrared devices while hunting.
  • For specifics on waterfowl and other migratory birds, see Federal Regulations atwww.fws.gov/le/hunting.html

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/

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