Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec. 21-28
Week's reminders: Try out new guns, ATVs in proper areas; New Year is time to renew boat registrations, fishing licenses; Deer hunters must take care when disposing of entrails
DOVER (Dec. 29, 2011) – 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 agents issued 7 citations between Dec. 21 and 28. Agents also responded to a variety of complaints, including unfounded reports of gunshots, trespass, target shooting, injured deer and one erroneous report of gross over limit of Canada Geese – the birds reported to have been killed illegally turned out to be a spread of decoys.
Citations issued between Dec. 21 and 28 by violation type included the following: Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing to hunt, Middletown (3) trespass to trap, Smyrna Landing, (1); waterfowl stamp violations, near Smyrna (3).
Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section has reminders for outdoors men and women who got “new toys” from Santa, for cold weather boaters, anglers and waterfowl hunters, and for deer hunters:
· Hunters are reminded that target shooting is prohibited on state wildlife areas and in state forests. Those anxious to try out new guns are encouraged to visit Ommelanden Hunter Education Center and Range in New Castle, which offers free firearms safety instruction and public-use ranges for rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery target practice. Target shooting on private property is subject to local, county and state ordinances, and requires permission of the property owner. For more information on Ommelanden Range, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/HunterEd/Pages/HunterEd.aspx or call 302-323-5334 or weekdays or 302-323-5333 on weekends.
· For those with new ATVs or dirt bikes: Operation of non-licensed motor vehicles is prohibited on state wildlife and forest lands, and violators may be subject to fines and seizure of their vehicles. Off-roading in street-licensed vehicles – trucks, SUVs, cars – is also prohibited on state lands. Riding or off-roading on private property is considered trespassing if done without the owner’s permission.
· Recreational boaters, anglers and waterfowl hunters are reminded that 2011 fishing licenses and one-year boat registrations expire on Dec. 31, 2011. Anglers and boaters will need to display current license/registration beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Fishing licenses and boat registration renewals can be purchased online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw.
· Deer hunters are reminded to properly dispose of entrails when field-dressing freshly-taken game. Entrails left near roadways and walking trails in multi-use areas such as state forests and wildlife area trails reflect poorly on sportsmen, cause problems for dog walkers and hikers and, in warmer weather, attract insects and produce foul odors. The ethics portion of Delaware’s Hunter Safety Course focuses on discouraging this activity.
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. 41, No. 479