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 Jan. 18-25
Reminder for the week: Snow Goose Conservation Order begins Feb. 1
DOVER (Jan. 25, 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 issued eight citations between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 and responded to a variety of complaints including spotlighting, trespassing, gunshots and dumping of deer carcasses.
On Jan. 23, Aaron J. Straughsbaugh, age 38, of Milton, was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, a felony. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, pled not guilty and was released on $1,000 unsecured bond pending a later court date.
Other citations issued between Jan. 18 and 25 by violation type included the following:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting waterfowl with prohibited lead shot (1), Frederica; trespassing to hunt (1), Wilmington; hunting illegally on state-owned refuge lands (3), near New Castle.
Public Safety: Failing to display hunter orange during a firearms season (2), Wilmington/Middletown.
Boating Safety: Unregistered motorboat (1), Frederica.
Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind hunters that the Snow Goose Conservation Order (CO) begins Wednesday, Feb. 1 and ends Saturday, April 14. Under the CO, hunters may use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls, with no daily bag or possession limits and shooting hours extended to ½ hour after sunset. Hunters who wish to participate must register for a free annual permit, available by visiting www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Participants are required to report their harvest to the Division of Fish and Wildlife by re-visiting this website after the CO has closed.
Enforcement would also like to remind deer hunters that the 2011-2012 deer season concludes with archery and crossbow seasons ending on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and muzzleloader season ending on Saturday, Jan. 28. Legal hunting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Use of artificial lights at night to locate deer, known as spotlighting, is illegal. Hunting from a vehicle and shooting across a public roadway are also illegal.
For more information, check the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw.
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. 19