Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 17-23
Reminder for the week: Winter is time to bring in, repair recreational crab pots
DOVER (Nov. 26, 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 17-23 made 907 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including nine vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 40 complaints and issued 39 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 associated recreational trail.
Incidents of particular note were:
· On Nov. 21, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers arrested Wingate D. Streett, 59, of Wilmington, and charged him with theft under $1,500, impeding a lawful hunt, third degree criminal trespass and hunting after legal hunting hours in connection with a Nov. 14 incident near Harbeson. Streett was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $1,550 unsecured bond, pending trial at a later date.
· On Nov. 22, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers arrested Bayard P. Keeler, 49, of Camden in connection with an incident near Harrington and charged him with two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. Keeler was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and released on $2,000 secured bond, pending trial at a later date.
· On Nov. 22, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers cited a Greenwood man for possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, possession of an unlawfully taken antlerless deer, failure to tag an antlerless deer and illegal method of take using a rifle. The charges carry fines and court costs totaling $544. Note: It is illegal to use a rifle to hunt deer in Delaware.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing to hunt (4), and hunting illegally on a wildlife preserve (3), New Castle County; Unlicensed hunting (1), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (1), failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours (1), butchering antlerless deer prior to registration (1), and hunting in a state deer stand without required permit (1), Kent County; Failure to tag antlerless deer (9), Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of unlawfully taken antlerless deer (2), illegal method of take using a rifle (1), impeding a lawful hunt (1), and hunting after legal hunting hours (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (2), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season (4), New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties; Reckless driving (1), New Castle County; Possession of a firearm by a person prohibited (2), Kent County; Possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (2), Kent and Sussex counties; Possession of a firearm during commission of a felony (1), first degree felony reckless endangering (1), criminal mischief (1), theft under $1,500 (1), and third degree criminal trespass (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational crabbers that all crab pots must be removed from the water from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28.
Winter is a good time to repair crab pots and replace or refresh required markings. Recreational crab pots must be marked with the owner’s full name and permanent mailing address, either on the required white buoy or on a waterproof tag attached to the buoy.
Crabbers also should check the condition of the required by-catch excluder, a rigid metal or plastic frame measuring 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches that is attached at the funnel entrance of all recreational crab pots to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pot and drowning. By-catch devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire. Directions to make a by-catch reduction device are available online at Crabpot excluder.
The DNREC Division of Fish & 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 & 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. 411