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: Oct. 21-27
Reminder for week: Hunters should take safety precautions, observe surroundings
DOVER (Oct. 31, 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 Oct. 21-27 made 865 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 91 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 39 complaints and issued 32 citations, 19 of which were related to increased Fish & Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail.
An incident of particular note was:
· On Oct. 25, a commercial crabber was cited for two counts of possession of undersized blue crabs at the crabber’s New Castle business location and fined $214, with the option of paying the fine or requesting a court hearing.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Possession of unlawfully taken game/white-tailed deer (8)*, not removing a private deer stand on a state wildlife area (2)*, hunting white-tailed deer with the aid of illegal bait (2)*, damaging state property (2)*, hunting license forgery or misrepresentation (1)*, failure to tag antlerless deer (1)*, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a state wildlife area (1)*, operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, and trespassing to hunt (1), New Castle County; Hunting migratory waterfowl without required HIP number (4), Kent and Sussex counties; Hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (1), Kent County; Hunting migratory waterfowl without the required federal waterfowl stamp (1), Sussex County.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing/crabbing without a license (1)*, New Castle County.
Commercial: Possession of undersized blue crabs (2), New Castle County.
Boating and Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with an insufficient number of life jackets (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of a loaded firearm on or against a vehicle (1), Kent County; Possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (1), and striking an occupied dwelling with shot discharged from a firearm (1), Sussex County.
* These citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds firearm deer hunters, bow hunters and small game hunters that they are required to wear no less than a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs during all firearms deer seasons, with the exception of those hunting migratory birds. 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.
Deer hunters also are reminded that transporting a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle, including ATVs, is prohibited. In the case of a muzzleloader rifle, loaded means that the powder and ball, bullet or shot is loaded in the bore. To be considered unloaded, a muzzleloader rifle must have the cap, primer, or priming powder (in a flintlock) removed. In addition, the striking mechanism used to ignite the cap, primer or priming powder must be removed or rendered inoperable, or the muzzleloader rifle must be enclosed in a case.
Current hunting seasons include:
· Archery and crossbow deer season, through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
· Squirrel season, through Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015; closed during November deer shotgun season Friday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 22
· Snow goose season, through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Upcoming deer seasons and dates include:
· Youth/non-ambulatory disabled hunt – Saturday, Nov. 1
· Special antlerless – Friday, Oct. 31, Saturday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 20
· Shotgun – Friday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 22
· Muzzleloader – Monday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
· Handgun – Saturday, Jan. 3 through Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
“During Delaware’s fall hunting seasons, it’s not unusual to have more than one type of game being hunted and more than one type of weapon being used in the same area. For example, during this coming week, you may have deer hunters using crossbows and archery gear in the same woods as squirrel hunters,” said Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. “With these activities occurring concurrently, visibility is vital, and in the interest of everyone’s safety, we urge hunters to observe the hunter orange requirement. Also, before you fire your weapon, be aware of your surroundings, know your target – and what lies beyond it.”
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2014-2015 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. For more information on hunting safety, click Hunter Education.
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. 384