Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Jan. 7-13
Reminder for the week: Hunters who dress game should dispose of carcasses properly
DOVER (Jan. 17, 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 Jan. 7-13 made 447 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 18 vessel boardings for boating safety/hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 31 complaints and issued 19 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish and Wildlife Enforcement presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and the associated recreational trail currently under construction.
Citations issued by violation type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Over the limit possession of Canada geese (1), New Castle County; Hunting without a license (1), hunting migratory waterfowl prior to established shooting hours (3), failure to check antlerless deer within the required 24-hour period (3), and failure to attach tag to antlerless deer (3), Sussex County.
Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (1), Kent County; No boating safety certificate (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Striking an occupied dwelling with shot discharged from a firearm (3), operating a motor vehicle with a revoked or suspended license (1), operating an uninsured motor vehicle (1), and failure to stop at a stop sign (1), New Castle County.
Are you AWARE?
With late-season deer and waterfowl seasons ending during the next two weeks, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds deer hunters who do their own butchering, or waterfowl and small game hunters who dress their own game, that processed deer, waterfowl or other carcasses are considered household waste and should be properly bagged and disposed of in their regular trash. Carcasses should not be dumped along roadways, on state wildlife areas or other public lands, or on the private property of other landowners. Violators will be cited and face fines up to $500.
Hunters heading out this weekend for shotgun deer season reopening Saturday, Jan. 18 also are reminded that all hunters are required to wear hunter orange for safety during all firearms deer seasons, with the exception of those hunting migratory birds. Firearm deer hunters as well as bow hunters and small game hunters are required to wear no less than a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs. Deer hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.
Current and upcoming hunting seasons include:
· Shotgun deer season – Saturday, Jan. 18-Saturday, Jan. 25
· Muzzleloader deer season – Monday, Jan. 27-Saturday, Feb. 1
· Archery/crossbow deer season – open through Friday, Jan. 31
· Duck season – open through Saturday, Jan. 25
· Migratory Canada goose season – open through Friday, Jan. 31
· Snow goose season – open through Friday, Jan. 31
· Small game hunting seasons – Gray squirrel and pheasant (open through Saturday, Feb. 1), and rabbit (open through Friday, Feb. 28).
For hunting information, consult the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide at Hunting guide online. Hard copies are available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or from license 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. 44, No. 13