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 and residents encouraged
to review Delaware hunting regulations
DOVER (Sept. 18, 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 Sept. 7-13 made 1,095 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 145 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 43 complaints and issued 39 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail.
Citations issued this week by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Unlicensed hunting (1), illegally hunting protected wildlife/seagulls and sandpiper (4), hunting migratory waterfowl without required state waterfowl stamp (1), and hunting migratory waterfowl without required federal waterfowl stamp (1).
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (10), possession of undersized blue crabs (7), possession of undersized black sea bass (1), possession of undersized black drum (2), possession of undersized white perch (1), and possession of undersized summer flounder (1).
Boating and Boating Safety: Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol/OUI (1)*, operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (2), no life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (3), allowing use of a non-compliant vessel (1), failure to observe slow-no-wake zone (1), obstructing use of a public boat ramp (1), and no boating safety certificate (1).
* Detailed in a separate press release: Laurel man arrested for OUI after boating accident on Nanticoke River.
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police News, Training and Outreach On Sept. 11, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers assisted with a motorcade escorting a group of Wounded Warriors from the beach at Sea Colony to an evening concert at the Freeman Stage near Fenwick Island in Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
With September’s mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons as well as archery deer season underway and more season dates ahead, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind both hunters and residents who live near hunting areas to become familiar with Delaware hunting regulations.
Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police noted that residents can expect to see and hear hunting activity in the next several months, such as:
· In most areas, hunting hours begin a half hour before sunrise and end at a half hour after sunset.
· Hunting between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise is illegal. (Exception: Night hunting for raccoon and opossum in season.)
· Hunting is prohibited on Sundays.
· Hunting is allowed on private lands with permission of the landowner.
· Regulated hunting is allowed on most state wildlife areas.
· Regulations for specific wildlife areas, including season dates and hunting days and hours, are included on wildlife area maps.
“We recommend that residents who live near hunting areas – private or public – familiarize themselves with season dates and regulations by checking wildlife area maps and our hunting and trapping guide,” said Cpl. McDerby. “Although most hunters observe these regulations, we also encourage the public to report any illegal hunting activity they observe.”
Cpl. McDerby also added some tips on what residents should report:
· Hearing gunshots at night between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise.
· Seeing hunters or becoming aware they are shooting on your property if they do not have your permission to hunt.
· Seeing hunters afield or hearing gunshots coming from wildlife areas on Sunday. (Note: Target shooting on state wildlife areas is illegal at all times; target shooting on private property is allowed seven days a week, within the parameters of local, county and state ordinances.)
· Witnessing shots fired across a public road or right-of-way, or within 15 yards or closer to a public roadway. (NOTE: carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle or vessel also is illegal.)
· Hunting migratory waterfowl and game birds including doves over bait is illegal in Delaware. An area is generally considered baited if grain or other feed has been placed as a lure or attraction.
For more information on the 2015/2016 hunting seasons – including hunter education, licensing, hunting and trapping seasons, limits, regulations, wildlife area information and more, with sections devoted to deer, small game, turkey and migratory birds – click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and 2015-2016 Delaware Migratory Game Bird Season Summary. Newly updated wildlife area maps with area-specific regulations are available online at Delaware Hunting Maps
Printed copies of the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, the Migratory Game Bird Season Summary and the wildlife area maps are also available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or by calling the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912. The printed guide also is available from license agents throughout the state.
For more information on September deer, dove and waterfowl hunting seasons, click Delaware’s deer, dove, resident Canada goose and teal seasons to open in September.
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.
Follow Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Delaware-Fish-Wildlife-Natural-Resources-Police.Vol. 45, No. 312