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. 3-Oct. 10
Reminder for the week: Hunters need to know season dates, hunter orange rules
DOVER (Oct. 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 responded to 23 complaints and issued 22 citations between Oct. 3-10. Incidents of particular note included:
· On Oct. 3, agents arrested Bryan Cordney, 24, of Camden-Wyoming, and charged him with three counts of theft and one count of criminal mischief in connection with an incident involving motor vehicle break-ins in March 2012 on Fire Tower Road near the C&R Center in Petersburg. Cordney was arraigned and pled not guilty in Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, and was remanded the Sussex Correctional Institution.
· On Oct. 3, agents arrested Luke A. Davis, 42, of Newark, and charged him with conspiracy, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation, along with one count of fishing without a license and three counts of possession of undersized blue crabs in connection with a September 2011 incident
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Recreational Fisheries Conservation: Fishing without a license (2), Kent and New Castle counties; possession of undersized blue crabs (3), New Castle County.
Wildlife Conservation: Illegally offering white-tailed deer parts – mounted deer heads – for sale (2), New Castle County; trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area (2), Kent County; failure to tag deer (1), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (1), New Castle County.
Public Safety: Motor vehicle child restraint violation (1), and lewdness (1), New Castle County.
Other: Theft (3), criminal mischief (1), and disorderly conduct (1), Kent County; conspiracy (1), and criminal impersonation (1), New Castle County; and resisting arrest (2), Kent and New Castle counties.
Are you AWARE?
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind hunters of upcoming season dates:
· Saturday, Oct. 13 – Last day of muzzleloader deer season
· Oct. 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 and 29 – Special antlerless deer season dates
· Oct. 13-27 – Mourning dove season reopens
Upland game and archery hunters are reminded that hunter orange is required during the upcoming special antlerless deer season dates, since 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 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs. Deer hunters concealed inside ground blinds must place their hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.
For more information, pick up a copy of the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide (or click Hunting guide online) or the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide (or click Fishing guide online).
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. 400