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Hunters with their catch at the Wheelin Sportsman event.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge's 2013 - 2014 Hunting Season - Regulations, Maps, and Dates:

Deer, Turkey, and Small Game Regulations - 2013-2014  (pdf)

Deer & Small Game Hunt Map  (jpg)

Headquarters Stand Locations  (jpg)

Regular Area Stand Locations  (jpg)

Fischer Tract Area Stand Locations  (jpg)

Steamboat Area Stand Locations  (jpg)

Deer Hunting Dates - 2013-2014 Season  (pdf)


Waterfowl Hunting Regulations - 2013-2014  (pdf)

Waterfowl Hunt Map  (jpg)

West Waterfowl Dutch Neck Blind Locations  (jpg)

West Waterfowl Fischer Tract Blind Locations  (jpg)

South Waterfowl Kelly Island Blind Locations  (jpg)

Waterfowl Hunting Dates - 2013-2014 Season  (pdf)


Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) offers the following deer, turkey, and small game hunting opportunities subject to applicable state and federal regulations and the following special conditions:


General All Game Regulations

• Hunting in violation of any Delaware state law or any other federal wildlife related law is a violation of refuge hunting regulations. Consult Delaware’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s publications or website for current hunting regulations.
• Visitors when requested by Federal or State enforcement officers must display for inspection all permits, game, equipment, and ammunition.
• All hunters must obtain a daily permit when required, before a hunt and have it on their person.
• Permits must be returned to their designated return locations at the end of every hunting day.
• Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a licensed hunter at least 18 years of age. Non-hunting youths 15 and under may accompany a permitted adult at least 21 years of age on the same deer stand if the adult signs a statement accepting responsibility. Non-hunting adults may only accompany a permitted juvenile or a disabled hunter using an accessible stand or site.
• Only one antlered buck may be taken on Bombay Hook by a hunter during the entire hunting season (September through January).
• Hunters must remove all hunting stands, boats, blinds, decoys, personal property and trash at the end of every hunting day.
• All firearm deer hunters while hunting must wear in a conspicuous manner on head, chest, and back a minimum of 400 square inches of solid hunter orange clothing consisting of a vest and hat, or jacket and hat. Orange camouflage does not satisfy this requirement.
• Scouting is permitted on non-hunt days from sunrise to sunset with prior Project Leader permission starting on August 20th until the end of hunting season.
• All vehicle travel is restricted to maintained gravel roads and parking areas.
• Hunt areas may be closed completely or in part, without notice during hazardous conditions like wind, icy roads, etc.
• Hunting in violation of any regulation may result in fines, seizure of property, and the loss of hunting privileges.


Prohibited Activities:

• Firearms possession in all federal buildings


• Practice or target shooting 

• The distribution of bait and/or hunting over bait 

• The use or possession of toxic shot, while small game hunting 

• Building structures, including blinds and stands 

• The use of nails, wire, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter 

• Cutting or destruction of vegetation on the refuge 

• The use of spotlights, automotive headlights, or other artificial light for the purpose of spotting, locating, or taking any animal 

• Driving or pushing of deer 

• The use or possession of any drug on any bow hunting arrow is prohibited 

• Dog training 

• The use or possession of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances 




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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2014
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