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Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter:
Deer Season Edition

DOVER (Nov. 29, 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 83 complaints and issued 68 citations during Delaware’s November shotgun deer season from Nov. 9 to 17.

Deer-hunting related citations issued by county included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:

New Castle County: Hunting from a motor vehicle (1), hunting on a refuge (1), hunting deer with tags detached from hunting license (1), failure to register antlered deer (2), failure to purchase antlered deer tags (2), trespassing to hunt (2), failure to register deer prior to butchering (3), hunting without hunter safety certificate (1), possession of loaded crossbow in motor vehicle (1).

New Castle and Kent counties: Possession of unlawfully taken game (9), failure to register antlered deer prior to butchering (3).

New Castle and Sussex counties: Failure to tag antlered deer (4), failure to tag antlerless deer (12), failure to register deer (6), hunting without a license (2), and not wearing required hunter orange (2).

Kent County: Hunting while intoxicated (1), hunting outside of stand on a state wildlife area (1), trespassing after hours on state forest lands (1), and illegal possession of alcohol on state forest lands (1).

Sussex County: Hunting with an unplugged shotgun (2), possession of loaded weapon in motor vehicle (2), spotlighting game (2), hunting with a prohibited weapon (1), failure to retain deer tag (1), third degree criminal trespass (2), and theft under $1,500 (2).

Are you AWARE?

With the special antlerless season from Dec. 8-15 and January’s firearm deer season dates coming up just after the holidays, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters of the following rules and regulations for hunting deer in Delaware:

·         You must have a valid Delaware hunting license and deer tags or a license exempt number and deer tags in your possession while hunting. Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at DNREC’s licensing office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. For more information, click Licenses, or call 302-739-9918.

·         Successful hunters must tag their deer with the appropriate tag immediately after taking it, and must register their deer within 24 hours. Tagging and registration must be done before butchering. (To register a deer, call 855-DEL-HUNT toll-free, or visit

·         If hunting on public lands, hunters should be familiar with any rules or specific requirements for the area. If hunting on private property, hunters should first obtain permission from the property owner.

·         Wearing hunter orange is required for safety during all firearms deer seasons. Firearm deer hunters as well as bow hunters are required to wear no less than 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs. Deer hunters concealed inside ground blinds must place their hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.

·         For reasons of public safety, the following activities are prohibited: hunting while intoxicated, hunting from a motor vehicle or vessel, carrying a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle or vessel, spotlighting, hunting within 100 yards of a residence, discharging a firearm from 15 yards or closer to a public road, and shooting across a public road or right-of-way.

Upcoming or continuing deer season dates:

·         Special antlerless – Saturday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 15

·         Handgun – Saturday, Jan. 5 through Saturday, Jan. 12

·         Shotgun – Saturday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 26

·         Muzzleloader – Monday, Jan. 28 through Saturday, Feb. 2

·         Archery/crossbow season – continues through Thursday, Jan. 31

For more information on hunting in Delaware, hunters should also consult the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if they plan to hunt on wildlife areas. Copies of the guide are available at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, at license agents statewide, and online at

Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.

Vol. 42, No. 458

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