Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Dagsboro man charged with multiple weapons, deer hunting violations
GEORGETOWN (Nov. 22, 2013) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents on Nov. 19 arrested a Dagsboro man with a prior felony conviction on multiple weapons violations following an investigation into illegal hunting practices in Sussex County.
David V. Novotny, 45, was arrested and charged with eight counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, one count of possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, two counts of possessing an unlawfully killed antlered deer, one count of possessing unlawfully killed antlerless deer, one count of removing antlered deer parts prior to registering, one count of failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours and one count of fail to attach tag to an antlered deer.
Four shotguns, one rifle, two muzzleloader rifles, one crossbow and assorted ammunition were seized as evidence. Also seized as evidence were two antlered and one antlerless deer that had been illegally harvested.
Novotny was arraigned at Justice Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of $55,000 secured bond, pending trial at a later date.
Delaware law prohibits persons with prior felony convictions from owning or possessing weapons, including all firearms and any type of bow – compound, recurve or crossbow. Penalties for violations range from probation and fines to jail sentences.
The DNREC Division of Fish and 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 and 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. 43, No. 448