Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter April 11-18
Reminder for the week: Hunting turkeys over bait is illegal in Delaware
DOVER (April 20, 2012) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents responded to 49 complaints and issued 28 citations between April 11 and April 18.
Citations issued between April 11 and April 18 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (6), Collins Beach near Townsend, Nanticoke River and Records Pond, both near Laurel; possession of unlawfully taken striped bass (1), Collins Beach near Townsend; illegal method of taking striped bass (1), and possession of undersized striped bass (1), both Slaughter Beach; improperly marked recreational crab pots (1), Indian River Bay; illegal possession of river herring (3), Nanticoke River and Records Pond, both near Laurel; and illegal use of net in spillway (2), Records Pond near Laurel; over limit possession of weakfish* (1), Slaughter Beach.
*Note: Minimum size for weakfish is 13 inches, with a daily limit of one fish.
Wildlife Conservation: Illegally hunting turkey with aid of bait (4), Hartly, Ocean View, Georgetown; possession of unlawfully taken turkey (2), Marydel, Georgetown; hunting with an unplugged gun (1), Hartly; operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway (2), C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges.
Boating Safety: No life jacket on child (1), Nanticoke River near Laurel.
Other: Dumping (2), Delaware River off New Castle, C&D Canal near St. Georges.
Are you AWARE?
With turkey season continuing until Saturday, May 12, the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters that hunting wild turkeys over bait is illegal in Delaware. Hunting with dogs, driving birds and shooting them at roost also are illegal. For more information on turkey hunting, please see the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Hunters who see illegal hunting practices are encouraged to report the activity to Operation Game Theft at 800-292-3030, a toll-free line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Through Operation Game Theft, up to $1,000 is rewarded for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Caller identity is confidential.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030, a toll-free line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx. Through Operation Game Theft, up to $1,000 is rewarded for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Caller identity is kept confidential.
Vol. 42, No. 144