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 Oct. 24-31
Reminder for the week: Boaters need proper gear for cooler fall weather
DOVER (Nov. 2, 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 19 complaints and issued 24 citations between Oct. 24-31.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting with unplugged shotgun (2), and waterfowl hunting without required federal stamp (3), New Castle and Kent counties; possession of wood ducks over the limit (2), New Castle County; possession of prohibited lead shot (1), waterfowl hunting without required state duck stamp (1), carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vessel (1), possession of unlawfully taken game (1), hunting without required federal harvest information program (H.I.P.) number (1), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (1), and destruction of state property (1), Kent County; hunting without a license (2), Kent and Sussex counties; trespassing to hunt (2), hunting deer during closed season (1), possession of loaded weapon in motor vehicle (1), and hunting in closed area of Redden State Forest (1), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Shooting across a public roadway (1), and hunting from a motor vehicle (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind the boating public that with fall weather comes cooler air and water temperatures, putting those who hunt, fish or cruise our waterways at risk from hypothermia if they fall overboard or get excessively chilled or wet on deck.
The U.S. Coast Guard recommends three types of protective clothing that can reduce risk: flotation coats, which double as life jackets but may not protect against hypothermia if the wearer falls into cold water; immersion or survival suits, which can increase survival time in cold water; and dry suits with thermal layers beneath, worn for intentional entry into cold water.
Other recommended safety items include a personal position locator beacon (PLB), used to locate a person in the water; a personal emergency locator light; flares, which should be kept in immersion suit pockets and secured with a lanyard; and a whistle to attract the attention of rescuers.
“Boating in colder weather provides some great fishing, hunting and recreational opportunities, but to stay safe in the event of a mishap, it’s all about choosing and using the right gear,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.
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. 439