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 4-11
Reminder for the week: Turkey season runs April 14-May 12
DOVER (April 13, 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 31 complaints and issued 16 citations between April 4 and April 11.
Citations issued between April 4 and April 11 by violation type included the following charges, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (3), Nanticoke River near Laurel, Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes, Mispillion River near Milford; fishing in closed area (1), White Clay Creek near Newark; taking striped bass during closed season (1), Nanticoke River near Laurel; using unmarked gill net (1), Blackbird Creek near Townsend; trespassing to fish (3), Hoopes Reservoir in Wilmington; possession of undersized white perch (1), Nanticoke River near Laurel; over limit possession of hard clams (1), Frederica.
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing after hours (2), Phillips Landing near Laurel; operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway (1), C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges.
Public Safety: Clamming in polluted area (1), Whites Creek near Millville.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel without enough life jackets (1), Newton Pond near Greenwood.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters of the regulations for hunting wild turkey in Delaware, with turkey season opening Saturday, April 14 and continuing until Saturday, May 12. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No Sunday hunting is allowed. Additional regulations include:
· All first time Delaware turkey hunters – including those hunting on public and private lands – must have successfully completed a Division-approved turkey hunting safety class.
· A permit is needed to hunt public lands, and hunters must have completed the turkey hunting safety course before a public permit will be issued.
· Only bearded birds may be taken, with a bag limit of one turkey per year.
· All non-electric calls are legal. For safety reasons, hunters are cautioned against imitating the male gobbling call.
· Temporary blinds of vegetation or camouflage material are legal. Artificial turkey decoys may be used.
· Dogs or bait may not be used. Hunters may not drive turkeys or shoot them at roost.
· Turkey hunters are permitted to use a shotgun or muzzleloader meeting regulations for gauge and shot sizes. Also permitted are a longbow, a compound bow, or, under a regulation change that took effect on April 11, a crossbow. All bow hunters must use a broadhead arrow, 7/8 inches in minimum width.
· Please see the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide for more information.
Enforcement also reminds visitors to and users of wildlife areas, boat ramps and parking lots that all state-owned wildlife areas and other public facilities administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife are carry-in, carry-out areas, with no trash cans provided.
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 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.
Vol. 42, No. 129