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 Sept. 19-26
Reminder for the week: Know season dates and details before hunting or fishing
DOVER (Sept. 28, 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 47 complaints and issued 42 citations between Sept. 19-26.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Recreational Fisheries Conservation: Fishing/crabbing without a license (6), New Castle and Sussex counties; exceeding recreational limit of blue crabs (1), over limit of recreational crab pots (1), recreational crab pot tampering (5), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), possession of undersized black sea bass (1), possession of undersized weakfish (2), and over recreational creel limit weakfish (2), Sussex County.
Commercial Fisheries Conservation: Over commercial creel limit weakfish (1), commercial possession of undersized knobbed conch (2), and prohibited method of take of summer flounder (1), Kent County.
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting migratory waterfowl without required Federal waterfowl stamp (2), New Castle and Kent counties; possession of cocked crossbow in motor vehicle (1), use of prohibited shot size/type (1), operating unlicensed motor vehicle on state wildlife area (3), off-road operation of motor vehicle on state wildlife area (1), exceeding 20-mph speed limit on state wildlife area (1), and dumping on state wildlife area (1), New Castle County; hunting without a license (2), and hunting with a firearm in an archery-only zone on a state wildlife area (2), Kent County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets aboard (2), no boating safety certificate (1), and littering from a vessel (1), New Castle County; excessive vessel speed/slow no-wake violation (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters and anglers to familiarize themselves with the dates and details of current and upcoming seasons before heading out to hunt or fish.
· Sept. 29 – Last day of mourning dove and teal seasons; hunting license and Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number required for dove and teal; Federal waterfowl stamp and Delaware Duck Stamp required for teal; and use of non-toxic shot required for dove on state wildlife areas and for teal on state and private lands.
· Oct. 1 – Snow goose season opens; hunting license, HIP number, Federal waterfowl stamp, and Delaware Duck Stamp required.
· Oct. 5-13 – Fall muzzleloader deer season; hunting license required; hunters are required to wear hunter orange for visibility and safety; deer taken must be tagged and registered (Registration available at https://delhunt.dnrec.delaware.gov/public/deerregistration.step1.php?mode=new or by phone at 1-855-DEL-HUNT/1-855-335-4868).
· Sept. 29-Dec. 31 – Tautog season; Delaware fishing license and FIN number required; 15-inch size limit and daily limit of 5 may be taken. (In 2013, tautog season dates are Jan. 1-March 31, limit 5; April 1-May 11, limit 3; July 17-Aug.31, limit 5; and Sept. 29-Dec. 31, limit 5.)
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. 378