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. 5-11
Reminder for the week: Here’s what deer hunters need to know for shotgun season
DOVER (Nov. 15, 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. 5-11 made 492 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 54 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 36 complaints and issued 31 citations, six of which were associated with increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area (formerly the C&D Canal Wildlife Area) and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting on a refuge (1), hunting migratory waterfowl after sunset (2)*, unlicensed trapping (1), illegally trapping a hawk (1), possession/use of prohibited hunting/trapping device (1), and hunting deer over bait on a state wildlife area (1)*, New Castle County; Possession of unlawfully taken game/wild turkeys (4), trespassing to hunt (1), hunting turkey during a closed season (1), hunting turkey with a prohibited weapon/rifle (1), hunting turkey without required turkey hunting safety certification (1), hunting turkey without wearing required camouflage (1), hunting turkey without required permit (1), unlicensed hunting (1), possession of prohibited lead shot while hunting migratory waterfowl (2), and hunting waterfowl without required federal waterfowl stamp (1), Kent County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Possession of undersized tautog (3), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of a loaded weapon in a motor vessel (2)*, New Castle County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (1)*, New Castle County.
Other: Animal cruelty (2), creating a criminal nuisance (1), and dumping/littering, New Castle County.
* These citations were issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters that shotgun deer season runs from Friday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 23, and resumes from Saturday, Jan. 18 through Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Muzzleloaders also may be used during these dates, and may be equipped with scopes.
Additional upcoming or continuing deer season dates:
· Special antlerless – Saturday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Dec. 21
· Handgun – Saturday, Jan. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 11
· Muzzleloader – Monday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 1
· Archery/crossbow deer season – continues through Friday, Jan. 31
In order to hunt, Delaware residents age 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages 13 through 15. Some license requirements differ for non-resident hunters. Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by more than 85 license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, click Delaware Licenses. For more information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
Deer must be tagged immediately after harvest, and tags must remain attached until the deer is processed. Delaware resident annual hunting licenses come with two antlerless deer tags and two doe tags. Additional antlerless deer tags may be purchased online or from license agents for $10 each. A Hunter’s Choice tag, which may be used on antlered or antlerless deer, and a Quality Buck tag, which can only be used on an antlered deer with a minimum outside spread of 15 inches, also may be purchased together by resident hunters for $10. Hunters are permitted to harvest a maximum of two antlered bucks for all seasons combined; all other deer taken must be antlerless.
Non-resident annual hunting licenses come with two antlerless deer tags and two doe tags. Non-resident hunters may purchase additional antlerless deer tags for $10 each. An antlered deer tag and a Quality Buck tag – one of each only – may be purchased for $25 each.
Hunters are reminded that they also must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. However, if a hunter plans to take their deer to a butcher or taxidermist, they must register their deer before dropping the animal off, as the registration number will be required before the deer can be accepted. Hunters who butcher their own deer must also register the deer within 24 hours of harvest or before processing, whichever comes first.
Successful deer hunters will be able to use the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s new, improved Hunter and Trapper Registration System (HTR). Hunters with online access are encouraged to try the system’s mobile-friendly website, which allows users to register their deer harvest from smartphones, tablets or PCs. To use the website, click Deer Registration. To access the phone registration system, call 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT). Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, hunters also may call 302-735-3600 for registration.
Deer hunters also are reminded that wearing hunter orange is required for safety during all firearms deer seasons. Firearm deer hunters as well as bow hunters and small game hunters are required to wear no less than a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs during firearms deer seasons. Deer hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.
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 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. 439