Hunting Calendar

In the following table a date indicates that the area is closed to the general public for that day. Deer hunting is allowed on those dates.
Information about waterfowl hunting season will be posted when it becomes available.

To view a map that shows the "Back" or "Regular Hunting" area closed during hunting please click here.
For a map showing the closures when the "Front" or "Headquarters Hunting Area" is in use, click here.

Fischer Tract and Steamboat Landing are not a part of the Auto Tour Route. Hunting dates for these areas are shown here.

Upland Game hunting is permitted in the South Upland Area during the Delaware season

Information about hunting waterfowl is available here. Note that the areas open to hunting waterfowl are seperate from the areas served by the Auto Tour route.

The Visitors Center remains open and accessable during all hunting closures. During closure of the Front, or Headquarters area, access to the refuge is via Dutch Neck Road from Route 9. The Visitors Center is reached by using Whitehall Neck Road as normal.

Large and Small Game Dates and Areas

Area Month Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Back of the Refuge October 12
Muzzleloader
14
Muzzleloader
16
Muzzleloader
November 13
Shotgun
14
Shotgun
18
Shotgun
December 14
Shotgun
Antlerless
17
Shotgun
Antlerless
January 22
Shotgun
Antlerless
Front of the Refuge November 16
Shotgun
20
Shotgun
December 16
Shotgun
Antlerless

Fischer Tract and Steamboat Landing Large and Small Game Dates

Archery hunting in these areas is permitted between September 4 and January 29 on weekdays during Delaware archery season except during muzzleloader, shotgun and Canada goose hunt days.

Month Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
October 9
Muzzleloader
12
Muzzleloader
13
Muzzleloader
14
Muzzleloader
15
Muzzleloader
16
Muzzleloader
November 7
Youth Hunt
13
Shotgun
14
Shotgun
16
Shotgun
17
Shotgun
18
Shotgun
19
Shotgun
20
Shotgun
December 14
Shotgun
15
Shotgun
16
Shotgun
17
Shotgun
18
Shotgun
January 18
Shotgun
19
Shotgun
20
Shotgun
21
Shotgun
22
Shotgun

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