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. 12-18
Reminder for the week: Hunters should ‘get the lead out’ for waterfowl season
DOVER (Nov. 22, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Nov. 12-18 made 615 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including seven vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 49 complaints and issued 37 citations. This week, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area (formerly the C&D Canal Wildlife Area) and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
An incident of particular note was:
· On Nov. 15, Fish and Wildlife agents arrested Robert S. Gordy, 60, of Laurel, and charged him with one count each of carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, removing antlerless deer parts before checking, failure to check antlerless deer within the required 24-hour period, and failure to tag antlerless deer; two counts of failure to check antlered deer within the required 24-hour period; and three counts each of removing antlered deer parts before checking and failure to check an antlered deer. Gordy pled guilty in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown to one count of failure to tag an antlered deer and paid a total of $1,242 in fines and court costs.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Possession of unlawfully taken game/white-tailed deer (2), and hunting deer during a closed season (1), New Castle County; Hunting with an unplugged shotgun (4), Kent and Sussex counties; Hunting deer over bait (1), failure to wear required hunter orange (2), possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer (1), removing antlerless deer parts before checking (1), failure to check antlerless deer within the required 24-hour period (1), failure to tag antlerless deer (1), failure to check antlered deer within the required 24-hour period (2), removing antlered deer parts before checking (3), and failure to check antlered deer (3), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited (13)*, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited (1)*, and carrying a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle (1), Sussex County.
*These charges are related to a case described in more detail in a separate press release: Georgetown man charged with multiple weapons violations
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters preparing to participate in waterfowl hunting season Monday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Nov. 30 to “get the lead out” by removing from their firearms, hunting bags, coats and vests any leftover lead shot from the deer shotgun season ending Nov. 23 or from small game hunting, including buckshot, deer slugs, and shotgun shells. Only non-toxic shot, as approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, may be used in Delaware to hunt waterfowl, including ducks, geese and coots. For a list of approved non-toxic shot, click USFWS non-toxic shot.
Other rules and pertinent general hunting information to keep in mind:
· The last day of shotgun deer season is Saturday, Nov. 23. Archery deer season remains open through Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
· Upcoming small game hunting seasons are: gray squirrel and pheasant (Nov. 25-Feb. 1), quail (Nov. 25-Jan. 4) and rabbit (Nov. 25-Feb. 28).
· Hunters should check daily bag limits and possession limits, as well as types of arms and ammunition permitted for the game they are planning to hunt.
· If hunting on public lands, hunters should review wildlife area maps and rules, including hunting times, specific rules for each wildlife area and any permits they may need. Wildlife area maps and rules are available in DNREC’s Dover licensing office or online at Delaware 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.
· Waterfowl hunters should make sure they have their hunting licenses, state and federal stamps, and HIP number before they head for their blinds. Delaware hunting licenses and waterfowl stamps are sold online at Delaware Licenses, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To conveniently obtain your free HIP number online from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, click HIP DelHunt. Hunters also may call 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT) toll-free. 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.
For more information, consult the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available from participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Dover licensing desk, and online at 2013-2014 Hunting Guide.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. 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. 43, No. 447