At Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge a preseason drawing is held before the firearms seasons. The public lottery covers the shotgun and muzzleloader seasons in the Headquarters, Regular, Fischer, and Steamboat landing areas respectively. Applications can be obtained from our visitor center. A $3.00 application fee must accompany all applications. Muzzleloader applications must be postmarked by September 13. All other applications must be postmarked by October 8. Only one application per hunter, per area hunt will be accepted. Duplicate applications will be cause for disqualification. Failure to appear on the day of the hunt will result in forfeiture of the reservation. Forfeited reservations and permits not requiring advanced reservation will be awarded to stand-by hunters by a ticket-lottery system the day of the hunt.• Only government provided stands may be used during firearms hunts• Hunters must be on their assigned stand 15 minutes before legal shooting time until 9:00 AM and from 3:00 PM until the end of legal shooting time• Individuals with reservations must be at headquarters prior to 1 ½ hours before legal shooting time on the day of the hunt to be issued a permit. A standby ticket-lottery drawing is held 1 ½ hours before legal shooting time for all forfeited reservations. An additional drawing will be held at noon for stand vacancies
Hunters with a certified permanent disability may hunt from sites or platforms designed to be accessible by wheelchairs. The platforms are 6’x6’ with an access ramp and are 24 inches above the ground. Some sites do not have a platform, but have an area where a chair may be placed. Hunting from vehicles is not allowed. Applications for eligibility for these sites are available at the Refuge and must be completed before the hunt drawing. Disabled hunters must be able to retrieve and/or field dress harvested deer, or they must bring a non-hunting individual to assist them. Assistants may not use a firearm or ammunition for any reason.
A deer hunt limited to youth hunters accompanied by a Delaware licensed adult 21 years of age or older will take place on November 2 on the Steamboat Landing and Fisher tracts. Adults may not possess or use a firearm during the hunt. Youths with their adults will be selected at a standby ticket-lottery drawing held 1 ½ hours before legal shooting time at the Refuge Headquarters. No fee will be charged. There is no noon drawing.
The Headquarters Area is open to shotgun hunting. Up to 39 hunters may hunt in the Headquarters Area hunt on 34 elevated stands and 5 accessible sites for disabled hunters. A fee of $10.00 per hunter must be collected in advance of permit issuance.• Hunting may only take place on an assigned stand• No hunters may possess a loaded hunting weapon while away from their assigned stand except to pursue a deer that they have crippled• Pursuit of a wounded animal must begin within 30 minutes and end within one hour unless authorization to continue the search is given by a refuge employee• Persons who successfully kill and retrieve a deer may leave the area at any time• If a hunter leaves, they may return once more during the day not later than 3:00 PM
The Regular Area and Fischer Tract are open to shotgun and primitive firearms. Up to 42 hunters are allowed on the Regular Area and 12 Hunters on the Fischer Tract. One site is designed as an accessible stand for disabled hunters. A fee of $10.00 per hunter must be collected in advance of permit issuance.• Between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM hunters may leave their assigned stands to hunt
The Steamboat Landing Tract is open to shotgun hunting. Up to 17 hunters are allowed on the Steamboat Area. A fee of $10.00 per hunter must be collected in advance of permit issuance.• Between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM hunters may leave their assigned stands to hunt
The South Upland Area is open to shotgun and primitive firearms. A daily lottery is held 1 ½ hours before legal shooting time and at 12 noon at the Little Creek Checking Station. Hunters are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to the lottery. No refuge fees are charged to hunt in this area, but State fees may apply.• Hunting may only take place on an assigned stand• Deer hunting is closed during the special October antlerless firearms season• Additional State Wildlife Area rules apply. Consult Delaware’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Little Creek Wildlife Area - Davey Crockett Tract Hunting Map
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Bombay Hook is an important stop on the Delaware Bay for thousands of migrating shorebirds every spring, as they make their critical trip north to their breeding grounds. At low tide they can be seen feeding by the thousands on the salt marsh mudflats along the wildlife drive. The black-necked stilts nest in the grassy areas of Bear Swamp impoundment.