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Fall 2017 – Winter 2018 Schedule


4-H Hunter Safety Course at Wilmington Trap Shooting Site at 2836 Pulaski Highway (Rt. 40), Newark, DE

  • September 12 – Tuesday       6 – 9 p.m.
  • September 14 – Thursday      6 – 9 p.m.
  • September 17 – Sunday         9 a.m.  –  3 p.m.

This is a Hunter Safety Education Course with the Division of Fish and Wildlife certification

4-H Shooting Sports Conservation, Wildlife, and Hunting Education Program

Class location:  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 15 E. Green Street, Middletown, DE
Classroom activity: 
Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., field activities announced

Deer Education:

  • September 20:  Classroom – Orientation, video (Joe Hamilton), deer biology and aging video/charts.
  • September 27:  Classroom – Laws and how established, conservation (video), scents/lures, firearm and projectile matching, law enforcement.
  • October 4:  Classroom – Ethics, field dressing and meat care video, clothing.
  • October 8:  Field activity, sight in – Personal equipment or 4-H Shooting Sports guns and ammunition.  October 15 is the tentative rain date.
  • October 11: Quality Deer Management Association, Ron and Sue Haas.

Hunt Dates:  Participants will be assigned one of the following days for their deer hunt–October 28, December 2, or January 6, 2018.

Waterfowl Education:

  • October 18:  Classroom – Discuss sight in from range and transition to waterfowl, orientation, waterfowl calling – Al Dager.
  • October 25:  Classroom – Duck ID, chokes & patterns, steel shot video.
  • November 1:  Classroom – Duck ID, hunting equipment, decoys, & blind construction.
  • November 5:  Classroom – Trap shoot (1:00 p.m.) Wilmington Trap Association.
  • November 8:  Classroom – Duck ID,  review of previous activity, hunting/boat safety, and ethics.
  • November 15:  Classroom – Hypothermia, Federal/State laws, hypothermia video.
  • November 12 and 26:  Field activity – Reed blinds at hunt site (tide dependent).
  • November 29:  Classroom – Final Preparation, Forms, License & Stamps.
  • December 3:  Field Activity – Trap shoot and pattern board (1:00 pm)

Hunt Dates:  Participants will be assigned one of the following days for their waterfowl hunt–December 16 or January 20, 2018.

Small Game Education:

The small game classroom sessions and trap shoots will begin in late January and continue into March 2018.  Classroom sessions will be on Wednesday evenings with shooting and field experience on weekends. This part of the program typically provides an end of season bird hunt during March.

Time period for activities:

  • Classroom activities are on Wednesday nights from 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Field activities are on either Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or as noted.
  • Hunt days are in the morning for waterfowl and in the afternoon for deer.
  • Hunt day for small game education is a morning activity and goes until finished.

Materials covered in the course:

Waterfowl: *

Bird identification, laws (state and federal), hypothermia, boat safety, blind building, blind reeding, marksmanship, decoy placement, conservation, ethics, hunt preparation and clothing.

Deer: *

Deer biology, laws, field dressing, hunt preparation, marksmanship, firearm-projectile matching, archery equipment, scents, clothing, ethics and conservation management.

Small Game:*

Hunting methods, firearms and field care of small game. Conservation management to promote habitat and healthy populations!

Trap Shoots and Sight-in:

• Firearm to be used for hunts should be brought to all the shoots.
• Steel shot will be provided for trap shoots.
• Slugs used for sight-in need to match capabilities of firearm.
• No buck shot permitted at sight-in or on hunt.

* The Waterfowl, Deer and Small Game Education Programs are designed to be a continuing education process. Each is a learning step to reach the next program level. They are designed in a manner to allow more decision making as the youth advance in their training and experiences. It is required to start in September with the discipline being offered and continue through the other disciplines in order to participate in the waterfowl, deer and small game programs hunting field activities.

Contact names and phone numbers:

David Price: 302-359-0711 Cell

Jim Kemble: 302-376-1945, Home, cell, text (please text if possible)

Spring 2018 Schedule (coming soon)


  • Ducks Unlimited Green Wing Day
    April 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Owens Station Sporting Clays, Greenwood, DE
    Archery, Air Rifle (BB) and Shotgun
  • Ducks Unlimited Family Picnic
    June 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Burris Farm, Odessa, DE
    Archery, Air Rifle (BB), and Shotgun
  • National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Women In The Outdoors (WITO)
    May 13, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Owens Station, Greenwood, DE
    Archery, Air Rifle (BB),  Pistol, and Shotgun
  • National Guard, Bethany Beach Post
    July 23, 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    July 24, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Archery and Air Rifle (BB)
  • State Fair Archery Competition
    July 28, 12 noon to 5 pm
  • Special Olympics at Camp Barnes
    August 6, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Delaware Young Burn Victims Camp at Camp Barnes
    August 10 and 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Special Olympics at Camp Barnes
    August 14, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), JAKES Youth Day
    August 26, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Burris Farm, Odessa, DE
    Archery, Air Rifle (BB), and Shotgun
  • Women in the Outdoors (October 3), and Jakes Event (October 17), Owens Station, Greenwood, DE, 8 am to 4 pm, Archery, Air and Smallbore Rifle, Air and Centerfire-Rimfire Pistol and Shotgun
  • During September there will be a 4-H Shooting Sports Hunter Education Program recognized by the DF&W for DE Hunter Education Certification. 15 Hour program that includes live fire at range
  • During September the Conservation, Wildlife and Hunting Program starts with one evening meeting every week and two outings on weekends every month.  Very extensive program! Program includes 2 waterfowl, 2 deer and one bird (Cukar, quail and pheasant ) hunts.



County/State Camps and County Events

New Castle County: Kaitlin Klair, Email: kklair@udel.edu, Phone: 302-831-8965
Kent County: Kristin Cook, Email: kristin@udel.edu, Phone: 302-730-4000
Sussex County: Jill Jackson, Email: jackson@udel.edu, Phone: 302-856-7303