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. 23-30
Reminder for the week: Conservation Order allows snow goose harvest now through April 13
DOVER (Feb. 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 33 complaints and issued 16 citations between Jan. 23 and 30.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Hunting on a refuge (2), New Castle County; Driving a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (2), driving an unlicensed motor vehicle in a state wildlife area (1), damaging state property (1), and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (2), Kent County; No hunting license in possession while hunting (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Hunting migratory waterfowl without state stamp (1), hunting migratory waterfowl without HIP number (1), possession of prohibited toxic lead shot while hunting waterfowl (1), butchering antlerless deer prior to registration (1), and failure to display hunter orange during a firearms deer season (1), Sussex County.
Other: Littering (1), Kent County.
Are you AWARE?
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind hunters that the 2013 Snow Goose Conservation Order is in effect now through Saturday, April 13. To participate, hunters must obtain a free Snow Goose Conservation Order permit by registering at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt, and must carry the permit with them when hunting. Participants are also required to have a valid Delaware hunting license or a Maryland resident hunting license, a 2012-13 Delaware waterfowl stamp and a Delaware Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, available at the website above. A federal waterfowl stamp is not required.
The Snow Goose Conservation Order allows harvest every day except Sunday. Use of unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are permitted, with legal shooting hours extended from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset and daily bag and possession limits removed. All other federal and state hunting regulations apply.
Most state wildlife areas will open to hunting during the Conservation Order beginning Monday, Feb. 4, to avoid conflict with Delaware’s firearm deer seasons. Wildlife areas in New Castle and Sussex counties will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis with no registration required, except at Assawoman Wildlife Area. In Kent County, individual sign-in will not be required at Blackiston, Milford Neck, or Norman G. Wilder wildlife areas. Sign-in will be required at Woodland Beach, Little Creek, and Ted Harvey wildlife areas. Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges will be closed to hunting during the Conservation Order.
For more information, please call 302-739-9912 or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.
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. 30