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On January 25, 2024, the Delaware House of Representatives passed legislation that removes an existing prohibition on the hunting of game birds on Sundays in Delaware.  The bill now moves to the Senate where it has been assigned to the Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee.

AKC is not taking an official position on this bill.  Those wishing to comment to the Senate Committee on House Bill 271 may do so using the information below.


House Bill 271 would eliminate the current prohibition against hunting game birds on Sundays.  The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control would maintain the authority to establish and regulate season dates, bag limits and enforcement for the hunting of game birds.  Currently, Delaware prohibits the hunting of any game birds or game animals (except deer) on Sundays.

Additional information is available through the Kent (County) Economic Partnership, among other organizations.

How to Comment:

Those wishing to comment to members of the Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee may do so by clicking here (click on the members name).

Currently, the Committee has not scheduled a hearing on House Bill 271.  To monitor the status of the bill in Committee and for information and instructions on participating in a hearing should one be schedule, please visit the Committee’s website.

AKC Government Relations has not taken a position on this legislation and continues to monitor legislation impacting dog owners in Delaware.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at