CHAPTER 217

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 302

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENT NOS. 1, 2 AND 3 AND SENATE AMENDMENT NOS. 2 AND 5

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 7, PART 1 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS AND FEES FOR DELAWARE RESIDENT AND NON- RESIDENT HUNTING, TRAPPING AND FISHING LICENSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (two-thirds of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Section 501, Chapter 5, Part I, Title 7, Delaware Code by striking the section in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new section to read as follows:

"§501. License requirements for residents and instruction for minors

(a) Every resident of this State, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, shall obtain a general license before hunting, trapping and/or fishing in this State; and every resident required to obtain a hunting license who was born after January I, 1967 shall have satisfactorily completed not less than ten hours of instruction, which includes, but is not limited to, the safe and proficient use of hunting equipment, hunter responsibility, principles of wildlife management, wildlife identification, and, to the degree practical, a live firing experience before such person makes application for a hunting license. Proof of completion of authorized hunter education courses of other States or Canadian Provinces shall be accepted and deemed having met the instruction requirement.

(b) Commencing July I, 1986, every resident, except as otherwise provided, shall obtain a Trapping License before trapping any animals regulated by this Title."

Section 2. Amend Section 504, Chapter 5, Part I, Title 7 Delaware Code by striking the section in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new section to read as follows:

"§504. License fees for residents

Residents shall pay to the Department or its duly authorized agents the following license fees:

(I) $12.50 for a General Hunting License.

(2) $3.50 for a Trapping License.

(3) $8.50 for a General Fishing License."

Section 3. Amend Section 506, Chapter 5, Part 1, Title 7, Delaware Code by striking the section in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new section to read as follows:

"5506. License requirements for non-residents

(a) Every non- resident, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, shall obtain a general license before hunting, trapping, and/or fishing in this State; and every non-resident required to obtain a hunting license who was born after January 1, l967, shall have satisfactorily completed not less than ten hours of instruction, which includes, but is not limited to, the safe and proficient use of hunting equipment, hunter responsibility, principles of wildlife management, wildlife identification, and, to the degree practical, a live firing experience before such person makes application for a hunting license. This instruction is to be provided by personnel of the Department or its authorized agents. Proof of completion of authorized hunter education courses of other States or Canadian Provinces shall be accepted and deemed having met the instruction requirement.

(b) in addition to the licensing requirements for hunting as described in paragraph (a) of this section, every non- resident, commencing July I, 1986, except as otherwise provided. must obtain a Big Game/Trapping License before hunting deer, turkey or trapping."

Section 4. Amend Section 508, Chapter 5, Part 1, Title 7, Delaware Code by striking the section in iu entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new section to read as follows:

"§508. License fees for non-residents

Non-residents shall pay to the Department or its duly constituted agents the following license fees:

(1) $45.00 for a General Hunting License.

(2) $25.00 for a Big Game/Trapping License.

(3) $15.00 for a General Fishing License.

(4) $5.20 for a 7-day Fishing License (good for 7 consecutive days from the date of issuance)." Section 5. The revised fee schedule will take effect as follows:

(a) General Hunting License fee - 5 days after this BW becomes law

(b) General and 7-day Fishing License fees - January I. 1986

(c) Big Game and Trapping License and fees - July I, 1986

Approved September 6, 1985.