Contact: Sgt. 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
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Reminder for the week: Hunters should observe surroundings, take safety precautions
DOVER (Dec. 11, 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 Nov. 30-Dec. 6 made 967 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters 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, 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.
Citations issued this week by offense category included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting without a license (2), trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (1)*, failure to attach antlerless deer tag (2), hunting migratory waterfowl without required Delaware waterfowl stamp (1), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1), and damaging state property on a wildlife area (1).
Boating and Boating Safety: No navigation lights (1).
Public Safety: Carrying a loaded firearm in/on a motor vehicle (1), driving with a suspended or revoked license (2), operating a motor vehicle without insurance (1), operating a motor vehicle with a fictitious license plate (1), operating a motor vehicle with a fictitious registration (1), and operating an unregistered motor vehicle (1).
Other: Littering (1).
* Citation issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind hunters to wear hunter orange for safety during all firearms deer seasons, with the exception of those hunting migratory birds. Firearm deer hunters as well as bow hunters and small game hunters are required to wear no less than a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange on their heads, chests and backs. Deer hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.
“During Delaware’s fall hunting seasons, it’s not unusual to have more than one type of game being hunted and more than one type of firearm or method of take being used in the same area. For example, during this coming week, you may have deer hunters using shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and archery gear in the same woods as squirrel hunters,” said Sgt. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. “With these activities concurrent, visibility is vital, and in the interest of everyone’s safety, we urge hunters to comply with the hunter orange requirement. Also, before you fire your weapon, know your target – and what lies beyond it.”
Current and upcoming December hunting seasons include:
Special antlerless deer – Saturday, Dec. 12-Saturday, Dec. 19
Archery/crossbow deer – thru Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Quail – thru Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
Woodcock and snipe – Saturday, Dec. 12-Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Mourning dove – thru Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Ducks and Canada geese – Friday, Dec. 18-Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Snow geese – thru Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.
Gray squirrel and pheasant – thru Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Rabbit, raccoon, opossum, red fox and coyote – thru Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
Deer hunters also are reminded that transporting a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle, including an ATV, is prohibited. In the case of a muzzleloader rifle, loaded means that the powder and ball, bullet or shot is loaded in the bore. A muzzleloader is not considered loaded if the cap, primer or priming powder (in a flintlock) is removed and the striking mechanism used to ignite the cap, primer or priming powder is removed or rendered inoperable.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and 2015-2016 Delaware Migratory Game Bird Season Summary. Printed copies of the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, Migratory Game Bird Season Summary and wildlife area 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. The printed guide also is available from license agents throughout the state. For more information on hunting safety, click Hunter Education.
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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