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:
Reminder for the week: Hunters reminded to avoid using railroad tracks for hunting access
DOVER (Sept. 4, 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 Aug. 24-30 made 1,911 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 347 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 74 complaints and issued 65 citations, one of which was related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence.
An incident of particular note:
· On Aug. 26, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited Yong R. Yi, 33, of Milford, for possession of a prohibited shark species near Slaughter Beach. Yi was issued a fine totaling $107, including court costs.
Citations issued this week by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Damaging state property on a wildlife area (1)*, and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (10).
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (10), possession of undersized blue crabs (6), possession of a prohibited shark species (1), possession of undersized black sea bass (2), possession of undersized black drum (1), possession of undersized weakfish (1), possession of flounder parts (1), and possession of undersized summer flounder (1).
Boating and Boating Safety: Negligent operation of a vessel (1), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (3), no life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (3), failure to observe slow-no-wake zone (2), operating a motor vessel with an expired registration/operating an unregistered vessel (1), no boat ramp certificate (1), and no boating safety certificate (6).
Public Safety: Possession of heroin (2), possession of drug paraphernalia (2), resisting arrest (1), hindering prosecution (1), tampering with evidence (1), careless driving (1), passing illegally on a shoulder (1), improper lane change (1), and criminal mischief (4).
* This citation was issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area. Also, two separate press releases were issued earlier that include charges listed above:
- Nine arrested in connection with vandalism at Woodland Beach
- Two Kent County residents arrested on drug charges in Blackbird State Forest
Are you AWARE?
With early fall hunting seasons opening this week, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind hunters to avoid using railroad tracks for access to hunting areas.
“All railroad tracks are private property, and no one should be walking, driving or parking on tracks. If found on the tracks, violators will be charged with trespassing and fined,” said Cpl. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. “Those considering using railroad tracks for access to hunt doves or other game also need to consider the safety hazard involved – many railroad tracks throughout the state are still in active use.”
With dove, resident Canada goose and archery deer seasons opening this week and teal season opening next week, hunters also are reminded that early-season hunting opportunities are offered on many wildlife areas throughout the state. Non-toxic shot must be used for all dove hunting on state wildlife areas during the month of September.
Season dates and legal hunting hours are as follows:
- White-tailed deer: Archery and crossbow seasons, Sept. 1, 2015-Jan. 30, 2016 (½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset)
- Doves (early season): Sept. 1-26 (½ hour before sunrise to sunset)
- Resident Canada Geese: Sept. 1-25 (½ hour before sunrise to sunset)
- Teal: Sept. 11-29 (½ hour before sunrise to sunset).
For later dates and other migratory game bird seasons, hunters should consult the 2015/16 Delaware Migratory Game Bird Season Summary.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, including specific wildlife area rules, hunters should consult the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide along with wildlife area maps. Both are available online at Delaware Hunting Information. Hard copies of the guide and the hunting maps are also available at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or by calling the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.
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, 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 http://de.gov/ogt.
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