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. 3-10
Reminders for the week: September teal season runs Sept. 12-30
DOVER (Sept. 17, 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 Sept. 3-10 made 552 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 75 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 49 complaints and issued 115 citations, two 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.
Incidents of particular note were:
· On Sept. 2, Terry W. Toomey, 26, of Laurel, was cited for possession of a live raccoon, trapping raccoon out of season, possession of an untagged trap and unlawful possession of a game animal at Ingrams Pond near Millsboro.
· On Sept. 4, Mark A. Whalen, 27, of Millsboro, was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and possession of unlawfully killed antlered deer at the Okie Preserve on Long Neck. Whalen was released on $1,100 unsecured bond following arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown. A trial is pending at a later date.
· On Sept. 5, Garret M. Blessing, 19, and Casey W. Gilmore, 20, both of Houston, and Larry Watson, 30, of Lincoln, were cited with one count each of hunting in a safety zone near an occupied dwelling on Canterbury Road.
· On Sept. 6, Douglas R. Gordon, 43, of Georgetown, was cited for tending over-the-limit recreational crab pots, operating an unregistered vessel, two counts of use of recreational crab pot without required turtle excluder and two counts of recreational crab pot tampering/tending crab pots belonging to another at Cupola Park boat ramp in Millsboro.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Dumping on a state wildlife area (2), New Castle and Sussex counties; Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (1)*, New Castle County; Hunting in a safety zone (3), Kent County; Possession of a live raccoon (1), trapping raccoon out of season (1), possession of an untagged trap (1), unlawful possession of a game animal (1), and possession of unlawfully killed antlered deer (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: No fishing license (6), New Castle and Sussex counties; Possession of unlawfully taken blue crabs (2), New Castle County; Failure to tend recreational crab pots (1), Kent County; Recreational crab pot tampering/tending crab pots belonging to another (2), use of recreational crab pot without required turtle excluder (2), and tending over-the-limit recreational crab pots (3), Sussex County.
Commercial: Criminal mischief under $1,000 (75) involving damaging commercial crab pots, New Castle County. (See press release on this case at Middletown man charged with damaging numerous commercial crab pots.)
Boating Safety: Operating a personal watercraft (jet ski) within 300 feet of swimmers (1), and no navigation lights/required safety equipment (1), New Castle County; No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (1), no boating safety certificate in possession (1), and operating a vessel with expired registration (2), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of marijuana (1), possession of drug paraphernalia (1), possession of a suspended driver’s license (1), and driving while suspended (1), New Castle County; Possession of a weapon by a person prohibited (1), Sussex County.
Other: Parking in a no parking zone in state-owned boat ramp lot (2), New Castle County.
* This citation was issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area; additional violations at this site are also included above but are not marked with an asterisk: (1) charge for dumping on a state wildlife area.
Are you AWARE?
The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind game bird hunters that September teal season runs from Thursday, Sept. 12 through Monday, Sept. 30. Hunters should note that this year, the daily teal bag limit has increased from 4 to 6 birds and the possession limit is now 18 birds. Hunting times are from ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. Teal hunting is available on state wildlife areas as follows:
- Ten blinds on the Port Penn Tract of the Augustine Wildlife Area. These are available by permit only through lottery drawings held at the Augustine lottery station at the end of North Congress Street in Port Penn on opening day, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with drawings taking place 1½ hours before legal shooting time throughout the season.
- Daily lotteries for blinds will be held at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area for marsh blinds, blinds on the Taylor’s Gut impoundment and the McKay Tract. At the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, the Roberts Tract and river blinds 32-44 will be available through a daily lottery at the Little Creek Wildlife Area. Lotteries will be held 1½ hours before legal shooting time at the Woodland Beach lottery station and 2 hours before legal shooting time at the Little Creek lottery station. Other wildlife areas open for teal hunting include Milford Neck Wildlife Area, and the Little Creek – Davey Crockett Tract.
- Prime Hook Wildlife Area will be open for teal hunting on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. State blinds 1-8 will be open. Permits are free and will be issued on a first come-first served basis from the tag board at Little Neck Road. All federal blinds are closed, and no drawings or check out will occur. No other Sussex County state wildlife areas fall within the September teal season zones.
For more information, hunters should consult:
Hard copies of all of the above are also available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or by calling the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.
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. 360