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. 9-15
Reminder for the week: Hunters should pay attention to established blinds, property lines
DOVER (Nov. 20, 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. 9-15 made 1,822 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 16 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 86 complaints and issued 65 citations, two of which were related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence.
Items of particular note:
· On Nov. 15, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited commercial waterman Jason T. Watson, 38, of Milton, for two counts of possession of undersized channeled conch near Cedar Creek. Watson was issued fines totaling $214, including court costs.
· On Nov. 14, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited Jerrod G. Bradick, 48, of Georgetown, for failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season and hunting without a license in the Redden State Forest area. Bradick was issued fines totaling $272, including court costs, and taken into custody on two outstanding capiases from the Court of Common Pleas and Family Court. He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $6,589 secured bond.
· On Nov. 14, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police concluded an investigation into a July 5, 2015 boating accident in which a vessel ran aground on the beach just north of Indian River Inlet. Robert F. Leslie Jr., 39, of Wilmington, was arrested for inattentive operation of a vessel. He was video-arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, pled not guilty and released on $250 unsecured bond pending a court appearance at a later date.
· On Nov. 12, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited a juvenile for hunting antlered deer with a firearm during archery season and harvesting an antlered deer near Georgetown without purchasing a deer tag. The juvenile was issued a mandatory appearance in Family Court.
Citations issued this week by offense category included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting without a license (8)**, trespassing to hunt (3), hunting on a refuge (1), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (3), hunting antlered deer with a firearm during archery season (1), removing antlerless deer parts prior to registration (1), failure to tag antlerless deer (5), failure to tag antlered deer (1), harvesting antlered deer without purchasing tag (2), failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours (1), possession of an unlawfully taken wild turkey (1)**, unlawful method of take (pellet gun) for wild turkey (1)**, hunting wild turkey without completing an approved course on turkey hunting (1)**, and dumping trash on a state wildlife area (1)*.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (1)*, possession of undersized blue crab (1), and possession of undersized tautog (1).
Commercial: Possession of undersized channeled conch (2).
Boating and Boating Safety: Inattentive operation of a motor vessel (1), no fire extinguisher on board vessel (1), and no Type IV throwable personal floatation device on board a vessel 16 feet long or longer (1).
Public Safety: Possession of a firearm by a person prohibited (6)**, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited (2)**, carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (3), hunting deer with a rifle (2)**, failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season (9)**, possession of marijuana (1)**, and possession of drug paraphernalia (4)**.
* Citations issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
** Charges included in DNREC press releases issued earlier this week:
Two men arrested near Townsend on multiple charges including drug, hunting and firearms violations
Newark man cited for poaching wild-turkey and fined $1,191
Two men arrested by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police for weapons possession by persons prohibited
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind hunters preparing to participate in waterfowl hunting season Monday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Dec. 5 that hunting from a vessel within 1,500 feet of an established waterfowl blind without permission is prohibited.
Also, hunting game on private property without permission of the owner and/or residents is considered trespassing to hunt and is a hunting violation. For examples, tracking or recovering game on another’s property, shooting on another’s property or crossing another’s private property to reach a hunting area all are among the violations considered trespassing to hunt. Those cited for trespassing to hunt face potential fines up to $100 plus court costs.
Waterfowl hunters also are reminded to “get the lead out” by removing from their firearms, hunting bags, coats and vests any leftover lead shot from shotgun deer season or from small game hunting, including buckshot, deer slugs and shotgun shells. Only non-toxic shot, as approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, may be used in Delaware to hunt waterfowl, including ducks, geese and coots. For a list of approved non-toxic shot, click USFWS non-toxic shot.
Other rules and general hunting information:
· The last day of shotgun deer season for 2015 is Saturday, Nov. 21; shotgun season opens again Saturday, Jan. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Archery deer season remains open through Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.
· Upcoming or ongoing small game hunting seasons are: gray squirrel (through Saturday, Feb. 6), quail (Monday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 2), pheasant (Monday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 6) and rabbit (Monday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Feb. 29).
· Hunters should check daily bag limits and possession limits, as well as types of arms and ammunition permitted for the game they are planning to hunt.
· If hunting on public wildlife areas, hunters should review wildlife area maps and rules, including hunting times, specific rules for each wildlife area and any permits they may need. Wildlife area maps and rules are available in DNREC’s Dover licensing desk or online at Delaware Hunting Maps.
· Small game hunters, particularly squirrel hunters, need to be aware that they may be sharing their hunting spots with camouflaged archery deer hunters in tree stands.
· Waterfowl hunters should make sure they have their hunting licenses, state and federal stamps, and Harvest Information Program number (HIP) before they head for their blinds. To conveniently obtain your free HIP number online from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, click HIP DelHunt. Hunters also may call 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT) toll-free.
· Successful waterfowl hunters who plan to leave their birds with another person or somewhere other than in their possession are required to tag them with their name, address, the total number and species of birds taken and the date taken; tags may be made by the hunter or obtained from a picking house or taxidermist. Without tagging, hunters are not permitted to leave birds in the custody of another person for any reason, including picking, cleaning, storage, transportation or taxidermy.
Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.
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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Vol. 45, No. 405