The Snow Goose Conservation Order is a separate season only for snow geese that occurs when Delaware’s regular waterfowl hunting seasons are closed. Liberal harvest methods are allowed during the Conservation Order to help reduce the large snow goose population that is damaging its Arctic nesting grounds, as well as wetlands and agricultural lands on migration routes and overwintering areas.
The 2024 Snow Goose Conservation Order is open Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2, closing for the youth waterfowl hunting day on Saturday, Feb. 3, and reopening from Monday, Feb. 5 through Friday, April 12.
Legal shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. There are no daily bag and possession limits, and unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are allowed. All other federal and state hunting regulations apply.
Hunters on state wildlife areas where the Conservation Order is open should refer to the Wildlife Area Maps for specific rules and regulations.
Hunters participating in the Conservation Order must obtain a free Snow Goose Conservation Order permit number that must be in their possession while hunting. Permit numbers can be obtained at the DNREC ePermitting system or by calling toll-free 855-DEL-HUNT (855-335-4868).
Hunters also are required to report their Conservation Order hunting activity and harvest success online or by calling 302-735-3600 to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife by April 30, 2024.
Other requirements for hunters participating in the Snow Goose Conservation Order include: