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: Oct. 12-18
Reminder for the week: Waterfowl hunters, check your gear for prohibited lead shot
DOVER (Oct. 23, 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 Oct. 12-18 made 1,289 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 254 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 31 complaints and issued 20 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 Oct. 17, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Jonathan E. Carey, 37, of Greenwood, and charged him with felony possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and carrying a loaded firearm on a motor vehicle near Milton. Carey was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $5,100 unsecured bond, pending a court appearance at a later date.
· On Oct. 13, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Mace R. Rust, 26, and Abel L. Murray, 27, both of Greenwood, and charged them with one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Indian River Inlet. Murray was also cited for fishing without a license. Both were released, pending a court appearance at a later date.
Citations issued this week by offense category included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting with a prohibited weapon/shotgun during muzzleloader deer season (1), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (2), and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (2).
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Fishing without a license (3)*, possession of undersized tautog (2), and possession of summer flounder parts (1).
Boating and Boating Safety: No boating safety certificate (1).
Public Safety: Felony possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited (1), carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (1), failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season (2), possession of marijuana (2), and possession of drug paraphernalia (2).
* Two fishing without a license citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Are you AWARE?
With fall’s first split waterfowl hunting season opening today, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind waterfowl hunters to check their hunting gear bags, coats, boats and any other gear to make sure they are not carrying any lead shot.
“Small game hunters sometimes forget to remove boxes of lead shot from their hunting bags or accidentally leave extra lead shells in their hunting coat pockets when they go waterfowl hunting,” said Sgt. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. “Using lead shot for waterfowl hunting is prohibited to prevent habitat contamination and ingestion poisoning of wildlife, and hunters can be fined for possession of lead shot while waterfowl hunting, whether the shot is chambered or simply carried.”
In order to hunt, Delaware residents age 16 through 64 and non-residents age 16 or older must purchase a hunting license to hunt in Delaware. A junior hunting license is required for youths age 13 through 15. Hunters age 16 and older who hunt migratory waterfowl also are required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp. Delaware resident hunters 65 and older are not required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp. Delaware hunting licenses and waterfowl stamps 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 hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird hunting and conservation stamp is also required to hunt waterfowl. Federal duck stamps may be purchased at U.S Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges and online at www.fws.gov/duckstamps; no exemptions are made for persons 65 years or older for purchasing federal stamps. For more information on federal stamps, call 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).
Hunters who are exempt from purchasing a license must obtain an annual, free License Exempt Number (LEN). Hunters who plan to pursue migratory game birds such as ducks, geese and doves, also must obtain a HIP number as required under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Harvest Information Program. LEN and HIP numbers can be obtained through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration System (HTR). This free, easy-to-use system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To use the HTR system, please visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. If you prefer to talk to a live customer service representative, please call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868).
For more information on waterfowl hunting in Delaware, click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and 2015-2016 Delaware Migratory Game Bird Season Summary. 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.
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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