Contact: Lt. Douglas Messeck, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-258-4045, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: April 22-28
Reminder for the week: Before turkey hunting, review the regulations
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – 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 April 22-28 made 768 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 34 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 23 complaints and issued 14 citations, one of which was related to increased Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Public Safety: Careless driving (1)*, New Castle County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (3), New Castle and Sussex counties; Illegal possession of river herring (4), and use of illegal non-circle hook during striped bass spawning season (2), Sussex County.
Commercial: Commercial crabbing for blue crabs without a Delaware license (1), over the limit of commercial crab pots (1), and improperly marked commercial crab pots (1), Sussex County**.
Other: Littering (1), Sussex County.
* This citation was issued in connection with violations at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
** A separate press release was issued on the case associated with these three commercial fisheries charges: Commercial crabber from Maryland cited for crabbing without a Delaware license.
Are you AWARE?
With Delaware’s 2014 turkey season open until Saturday, May 10, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement reminds hunters that they should review Delaware’s turkey regulations before heading out into the field. Regulations include:
· Hunters must carry their hunter education card certifying completion of Delaware’s mandatory one-day turkey hunter education class.
· Hunting on public lands is by preseason lottery permit only.
· Hunters must carry their public lands permit while hunting on public lands and may only hunt the designated area and season segment/dates specified in the permit.
· Bag limit is one bearded bird per year.
· Birds without beards (hens) may not be taken.
· Hunting wild turkey over bait is prohibited.
· Hunting wild turkey with dogs is prohibited.
· Temporary blinds of vegetation or camouflage are permitted.
· Artificial turkey decoys are permitted.
· Non-electric calls are permitted.
· For safety reasons, hunters should not imitate the male gobbling call.
· Shotguns in 20, 16, 12 and 10-gauge and smooth bore muzzleloading shotguns may be used with #4, #5, or #6 steel or lead shot.
· A longbow, compound bow or crossbow with a minimum broadhead width of 7/8 inches may be used.
· For safety reasons, wearing any visible garment having red, white or blue is prohibited.
· Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
· All birds taken must be checked by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the hunt at an authorized turkey check station. For a list of check stations, click Turkey Check Stations.
For more information, click on 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
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. 44, No. 136