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
Three Kent County men arrested for illegal hunting practices
VIOLA (Oct. 16, 2013) – On Oct. 12, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents charged three Kent County men with multiple hunting-related violations after responding to a report of shots fired at deer in fields on Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area near Viola.
Scott H. Pleasanton, 33, of Hartly, and Brian D. Wallace, 34, of Camden-Wyoming, were arrested and each was charged with discharging a firearm on, near or across a public roadway, hunting from a motor vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and third degree conspiracy. Joshua L. Marshall, 33, of Magnolia was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and third degree conspiracy. The three men were arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover. Pleasanton and Wallace were released on $2,100 unsecured bond, and Marshall was released on $2,000 unsecured bond, pending trial in the Court of Common Pleas at a later date.
“These types of violations threaten public safety, as well as showing poor conservation practices,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Through public outreach and hunter education, we stress safe, ethical, conservation-minded hunting practices – and we encourage the public’s support to help us catch those relatively few hunters who break the law and tarnish the reputation of the sport.”
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. 403