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. 10-24
Reminders for the week: Know dates, details of hunting and fishing seasons
DOVER (Sept. 26, 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. 10-24 made 1,945 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 132 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 67 complaints and issued 41 citations, 13 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.
An incident of particular note:
· On Sept. 17, Brandon Hodges, 20, and Dominic Constantino, 18, both of Dagsboro, were cited with one count each of hunting in a safety zone within 100 yards of an occupied dwelling on Assawoman Wildlife Area.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area (6), operating a motor vehicle in an area closed to motor vehicles in a state wildlife area (7)*, and littering on a state wildlife area (1), New Castle County; Trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area (4), Kent and Sussex counties; Hunting in a safety zone (2), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Possession of undersized blue crabs (1), New Castle County; Fishing without a license (11), New Castle and Sussex counties.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (1), and slow no wake/excessive speed violation (2), New Castle County; No boating safety certificate (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Driving a motor vehicle without a license (1)*, New Castle County; Possession of marijuana (3), and possession of drug paraphernalia (1), Kent County.
* These citations were 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: (5) charges for operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway in a state wildlife area.
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. 28 – 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. 11-19 – Fall muzzleloader deer season; hunting license required, hunters are required to wear hunter orange for visibility and safety, and deer taken must be tagged and registered (Registration available at Deer Registration 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. (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, check out the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide at Hunting guide online or the 2013 Delaware Fishing Guide at Fishing guide online.
Hard copies of both guides are available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or from licensed dealers statewide. For more information, call 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. 278