State of Delaware - Search and Services/Information

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Registration services are also available by phone (excludes Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit and lost number retrieval)

Dial 1-855-DELHUNT (1-855-335-4868)

If you require customer service, please call 302-735-3600

Monday-Friday between 8:00AM and 4:30PM

Harvest Information Program:

Q: What is the purpose of HIP?

A: The Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) is a method by which your state wildlife agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are developing more reliable estimates of the number of all migratory birds harvested throughout the country. These estimates give biologists the information they need to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits, and population management.

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Q: Who needs a HIP number?

A: Anyone that plans to hunt waterfowl, doves, or other migratory game birds such as woodcock, snipe, rails, etc.

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Q: When will I need to use my HIP number?

A: You will need to keep you HIP number in your possession while in the field hunting migratory gamebirds.

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Q: Do I need to obtain a HIP number each year?

A: Yes, you must register for a HIP number prior to hunting migratory gamebirds each year.

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Q: How long is my number valid for?

A: HIP numbers are valid for the same timeframe as a hunting or trapping license; July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

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Q: What do I do if I lost my HIP number?

A: Please visit the “Retrieve Lost Number” portion of this website to retrieve your number. Please do not register for another number.

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Deer Harvest Registration:

Q: Do I need to keep my deer registration number?

A: Yes. If requested, you will need to present your registration number to a Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agent, Deer Processor, and/or Taxidermist.

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Q: What do I do if I lost my deer registration number?

A: Please visit the “Retrieve Lost Number” portion of this website to retrieve your number.

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Q: After harvesting a deer, how long do I have before I need to register it?

A: You have 24 hours from the time you killed your deer to register the animal unless you are taking it to a taxidermist, deer processor, or processing it yourself. You must register your deer before doing any of these activities even if it is within the 24 hour time allotment.

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Q: What do I do if I accidentally enter incorrect information when registering my deer?

A: Please contact the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife at (302) 735-3600 so that we can update your information.

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Q: What information do I need to know before registering my deer?

A: You will need to know your hunting license number, county and deer management zone in which you harvested your deer, and if applicable, the farm identification located on your permit if you harvested you deer on a farm enrolled in one of our crop damage assistance programs.

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Q: I harvested my deer on a farm that is enrolled in a crop damage assistance program. Where is my farm identification number located?

A: It is a 4-digit number located on the top right-hand corner of your permit.

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License Exempt Number (LEN)

Q: What is the purpose of LEN?

A: Some individuals are not required to purchase a hunting or trapping license. To determine who these individuals are the Division of Fish and Wildlife requires that these individuals obtain a free LEN. This allows us to include License Exempt Hunters and Trappers to be included in our annual mail surveys.

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Q: Who needs a LEN?

A: Anyone that plans to hunt or trap in Delaware but is exempt from purchasing a license needs to obtain a LEN before heading afield. Examples of individuals that are exempt from a license are:

  • Landowners and their immediate family members that own 20 or more acres and will only hunt or trap on their own property
  • Delaware residents 65 or older
  • Delaware youth under the age of 13
  • Nonresident your under the age of 13
  • Certain military personnel (contact Licensing Section at (302) 739-9918 for eligibility criteria

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Q: When will I need to use my LEN?

A: You will need to keep you LEN in your possession while in the field hunting or trapping and you will need it when registering a deer, registering for a HIP number, Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit number, or purchasing additional deer tag or public lands permits. Basically, anytime in which a hunting license number would be needed, you will need your LEN.

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Q: I am exempt from purchasing a hunting or trapping or license but I elected to purchase my license anyway. Do I still need to obtain a LEN?

A: No, if you purchased your license you do not need to obtain a LEN.

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Q: Do I need to obtain a LEN each year?

A: Yes, LENs are provided annually.

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Q: How long is my LEN valid for?

A: LENs are valid for the same timeframe as a hunting or trapping license; July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

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Q: I obtained my LEN online but I did not print and/or lost the free “deer tags” that were provided. Can I obtain new tags?

A: Yes. New tags will be emailed to individuals but they will not be mailed. To obtain replacement tags, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (302) 735-3600.

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Q: What do I do if I lost my LEN?

A: Please visit the “Retrieve Lost Number” portion of this website to retrieve your number. Please do not register for another number.

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Snow Goose Conservation Order

Q: What is the purpose of the Snow Goose Conservation Order (CO)?

A: Snow goose populations have reached levels that are now causing extensive damage to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic as well as the wetlands and agricultural areas where they overwinter in the Mid-Atlantic, including Delaware. The USFWS is taking actions to reduce and stabilize snow goose population by over 50% The Conservation Order is a management action that allows states to harvest snow geese in a hunting manner when all other waterfowl seasons are closed (excluding falconry) inside or outside the hunting season framework. In addition it permits the use of special hunting methods to increase harvest of snow geese.

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Q: What special harvest methods are permitted under the Snow Goose Conservation Order?

A: Participants are allowed to 1) use unplugged shotguns, 2) use electronic calls, and 3) hunt during the extended shootings hours from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.

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Q: What are the requirements for participating in the Snow Goose Conservation Order?

A: Participants must register for a free Snow Goose Conservation Order permit by visiting www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Participants will be required to report their hunting activity and harvest under the Conservation Order when they have finished hunting for the season (see below). In addition, participants must possess: 1) a Delaware waterfowl stamp, 2) a Delaware HIP number, 3) a valid Delaware hunting license or valid resident Maryland hunting license.

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Q: Do I need to carry my Snow Goose CO Permit with me while hunting?

A: Yes. You will need to keep you Snow Goose CO Permit number in your possession while hunting snow geese during the Conservation Order.

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Q: How do I report my Snow Goose Harvest?

A: Participants will be able to report their snow goose CO harvest information by visiting the registration site www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt (note: you will need to know your permit number) and completing a brief online harvest survey OR by printing out and completing a harvest questionnaire that they can mail to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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Q: Do I need to obtain a Snow Goose CO permit number each year?

A: Yes, you must register for a new permit number each year prior to hunting snow geese during the Conservation Order. You may register for a snow goose permit number beginning January 1st of each year.

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Q: How long is my number valid for?

A: Snow goose CO permit numbers are valid until the end of each Conservation Order season (typically early/mid April).

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Q: What do I do if I lost my Snow Goose permit number?

A: Please visit the “Retrieve Lost Number” portion of this website to retrieve your number. Please do not register for another number.

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