Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 20-26
Reminder for the week: Before hunting wild turkey, review regulations
DOVER (May 1, 2015) – 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 Natural Resources Police officers between April 20-26 made 729 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 115 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 30 complaints and issued 17 citations, five of which were related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (2)*, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a state wildlife area (2), and damaging state property (1)*, New Castle County.
Fisheries Conservation: Commercial: Possession of undersized conch (4), and failure to check commercial gill fishing net within required 48-hour timeframe (1), Kent County.
Recreational: Fishing without a license (5), New Castle and Sussex counties; Possession of undersized white perch (1), Kent County; possession of over-the-limit blue gill (1), Sussex County.
* These citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area. In addition, the following citations not marked with an asterisk also were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area: Fishing without a license (1) and operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a state wildlife area (1).
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police News, Training and Outreach
· On April 24, AFC Joshua Hudson took the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Operation Game Theft trailer afield and talked to more than 200 children in grades K-5 at Eagles Nest Christian Academy in Milton about boating safety, fisheries and wildlife enforcement.
· On April 20, Officer Adam Roark also used the Operation Game Theft trailer for a presentation to Boy Scouts in Lewes about native Delaware wildlife and wildlife enforcement that allowed the scouts to earn their wildlife merit badge. On April 24, Officer Roark spoke to approximately 120 children in grades 1-4 during career day at Long Neck Elementary School about the daily job duties of a Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officer.
Are you AWARE?
With Delaware’s 2015 wild turkey season open through Saturday, May 9, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police reminds hunters to 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 turkeys over bait is prohibited.
· Hunting wild turkeys 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 where to register your turkey harvest, click 2015 Delaware Turkey Hunting Check Stations.
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, and from license agents throughout the state. For more information about hunting on public lands, click Wildlife Area Hunting Maps or State Forest Maps.
DNREC’s 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 Natural Resources Police 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. 45, No. 133