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 Feb. 20-27
Reminder for the week: Delaware Bayshore Survey seeks input from hunters, anglers
DOVER (March 1, 2013) – 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 9 complaints and issued 10 citations between Feb. 20 and 27.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Failure to check antlerless deer (1), Failure to register antlerless deer (1), hunting antlerless deer with a prohibited weapon/rifle (2), and unlicensed hunting (2), Sussex County; Dumping on a state wildlife area (1), New Castle County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Failure to display required hunter orange (2), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to invite anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to participate in the online Delaware Bayshore Survey. DNREC is seeking public input on possible recreational uses of the ecologically and historically rich Delaware Bayshore, parts of which are well-known to hunters and anglers.
Your responses will assist DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative team in planning improvements and investments for the future of the Bayshore region, which stretches along the central part of the state east of Route 1 from Delaware City in New Castle County to Cape Henlopen in Sussex County. This unique area encompasses the shoreline of the Delaware River and Bay and its adjoining coastal marshes and forests, agricultural fields, working waterfront towns and quiet bayside communities. Public areas offering access along the Bayshore currently include state wildlife areas, state parks, federal refuges and reserves, boat ramps, fishing piers, beaches, and historical and cultural sites.
The survey asks current and potential Bayshore visitors a variety of questions, including frequency of visits and what types of information would be helpful to plan a visit to the Bayshore. Respondents also are asked to rate the importance of outdoor recreation activities currently available in the Bayshore, such as fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing, bicycling, photography, hiking and canoeing/kayaking; and of specific amenities such as fishing/crabbing access, hunting blinds and stands, observation platforms, trails, boat launch areas, visitor centers, restrooms, benches, and directional and informational signage.
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. 43, No. 68