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 Jan. 2-16
Reminder for the week: Be familiar with rules and regulations for state wildlife areas
DOVER (Jan. 18, 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 66 complaints and issued 42 citations between Jan. 2 and 16. Incidents of particular note included:
· On Jan. 10, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents arrested Harold W. Mayes III, 50, of Newark, on charges of third offense felony driving under the influence (DUI) and driving a motor vehicle off an established roadway in connection with an incident at the C&D Canal Wildlife Area near St. Georges. Mayes was released, pending a later court date.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Driving a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (3), hunting illegally on a refuge (3), possession of an illegal type arrow while hunting deer (1), unlicensed hunting (2), unlicensed trapping (1), failure to display hunter orange during a firearms deer season (1), and hunting waterfowl with unsigned federal stamp (2), New Castle County; Trespassing on a state wildlife area after hours (2), New Castle, Kent counties; hunting waterfowl without required state stamp (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Rallying waterfowl/geese to hunt (2), hunting waterfowl without federal stamp (1), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (1), hunting deer over bait on state wildlife area (1), excessive speed in a state wildlife area (1), Kent County; hunting waterfowl with illegal toxic lead shot (2), Kent and Sussex counties; Failure to tag antlered deer (1), failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours (1), failure to tag antlerless deer (3), failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours (3), possession of unlawfully taken game (1), hunting waterfowl with the aid of bait (2), and illegally cutting and removing plants from a state wildlife area (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation, Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (3), Kent County.
Boating Safety: No boating safety certificate (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Third offense felony DUI (1), New Castle County.
Are you AWARE?
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind the public that all state lands and all state, county and municipal parks in Delaware are designated as state refuges with no hunting permitted except in specifically designated areas. Public hunting is permitted in specific areas on all state wildlife areas. For rules and regulations on state wildlife areas, including hunting information, visit Hunting Maps.
Also, due to several recent occurrences of vandalism, agents have increased nighttime patrols of Cedar Swamp and Woodland Beach wildlife areas near Townsend/Smyrna. The public is reminded that all state wildlife areas are closed between sunset and sunrise except to persons who are lawfully hunting or fishing.
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. 43, No. 16