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 Nov. 7-14
Reminder: Know season dates, rules, limits before you hunt
DOVER (Nov. 16, 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 responded to 54 complaints and issued 12 citations between Nov. 7 and 14. Additional citations not compiled by press time will be reported in the next blotter.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting on a refuge (1), New Castle County; wildlife area rule violation (2) and possession of unlawfully taken game (1), Kent County; spotlighting game (2), hunting with an unplugged shotgun (1), and failure to register antlered deer prior to butchering (1), Sussex County. Note: “Hunting on a refuge” refers to hunting on any municipal-owned or state-owned public property not designated as a wildlife area open to hunting. “Wildlife area rule violation” covers violations of the rules for each wildlife area, which are listed on the back of wildlife area maps and with online maps. In this case, the violations were: hunting while intoxicated, which is a violation on all state wildlife areas, and hunting 100 yards away from an assigned deer stand.
Other: Criminal trespass (2) and theft (2), Sussex County. Note: Deer stands, trail cameras and other hunting equipment were stolen. These items were recovered and returned to their owners.
Are you AWARE?
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters to become familiar with season dates, daily bag limits and other rules and pertinent information before heading out. Here are some tips and information to keep in mind:
· The last day of shotgun deer season is Saturday, Nov. 17. Archery deer season remains open through Jan. 31, 2013.
· Hunting season is open for ducks, geese, squirrel, pheasant, quail and rabbit as of Monday, Nov. 19. For more details, check the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at license dealers or the online hunting guide.
· Hunters should check daily bag limits and possession limits for the game they are planning to hunt.
· If hunting on public lands, hunters should review wildlife area maps and rules, including hunting times and any permits they may need. Wildlife area maps and rules are available in DNREC’s Dover licensing office or online at hunting maps .
· Small game hunters, particularly squirrel hunters, need to be aware that they may be sharing their hunting grounds with camouflaged archery deer hunters in tree stands. For more information, click hunting safety.
· Check type of arms and ammunition permitted for specific types of game and specific seasons. For example, small game hunters and waterfowl hunters are not permitted to possess slugs or buckshot while hunting. Waterfowl hunters are not permitted to possess or use lead shot. Certain Wildlife Areas may also prohibit the use and/or possession of lead shot while dove hunting. Hunters should check hunting bags, coats and vests for leftover shot from deer season.
· Waterfowl hunters should make sure they have their hunting licenses, state and federal stamps and HIP number before they head for their blinds. Hunting licenses and state stamps may be purchased at license dealers or online at Licenses. To obtain a free HIP number, call 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT) toll-free, or click HIPdelhunt. Federal waterfowl stamps are available for purchase online and at U.S. Post Offices.
· Successful waterfowl hunters who plan to leave their birds with another person or somewhere other than in their possession are required to tag them with their name, address, the total number and species of birds taken and the date taken. Without tagging, hunters are not permitted to leave birds in the custody of another person for any reason, including picking, cleaning, storage, transportation or taxidermy.
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. 42, No. 449