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. 4-11
Reminder for the week: Winter is a good time to check and update outdoor gear
DOVER (Jan. 12, 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 7 citations between Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 and responded to reports of gunshots, injured deer, trespassing and non-licensed vehicles being operated on state wildlife areas.
Citations issued between Jan. 4 and 11 by violation type included the following:
Wildlife Conservation: Violation of migratory waterfowl hunting hours (2), hunting license/stamp violation (1), both near Laurel.
Fisheries Conservation, Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (2), Indian River Inlet.
Other: Damaging state property (2), C&D Canal Wildlife Area, near St. Georges.
Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind hunters, anglers and boaters that winter is a good time to check, clean, repair, replace and update gear and equipment as needed.
· For hunters – Clean your gun(s), check sights and take stock of ammunition and supplies; give your archery bow a tune-up and check points and fletching on your arrows; replenish supplies in your hunting backpack and look over your portable tree stand; make sure your hunter orange is ready for next season; look for season-ending sales on gear and clothing; visit an indoor range or Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range to sharpen your shooting skills. Before you pack up your equipment, however, remember January offers shotgun, muzzleloader and archery deer hunting dates, and for waterfowl hunters, the Snow Goose Conservation Order will be in effect from Feb. 1 to April 14.
· For anglers – Check your rods and reels; clean out your tackle box and replenish supplies; read up on the latest and best in baits; break out your fly-tying supplies and make some new lures for those big fish you hope to catch; purchase your 2012 fishing license online, from DNREC’s Dover license desk or from license dealers statewide – and keep up with the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Fishing Report at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/FishingReport.aspx.
· For boaters – Inspect and update safety equipment, including life jackets, flares (check expiration dates), and fire extinguishers; check and update radios, GPS and other electronics; inspect water skis, boards and tow lines; clean and repair seats and cushions; have motors inspected and overhauled if needed - and don’t forget to renew your boat registration for 2012. Coming soon: Watch for the new schedule of upcoming boating education classes.
Winter is also a great time to look at catalogs, visit that nearby outdoor superstore or just do some online browsing into the latest gear and tips for your favorite outdoor activities. The weather might look a little bleak right now, but spring is only a few weeks away.
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. 8