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
Two Sussex County men arrested for illegal hunting practices
MILTON (Aug. 13, 2013) – On Aug. 10, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents responded to a report of shots fired at deer on Hudson Road in Milton.
Matthew C. Butler, 22, of Lewes, and Jordan J. Dill, 19, of Ellendale, were arrested and each charged with third degree conspiracy, hunting during a closed season, and illegal method of take/use of a prohibited weapon for hunting deer. A 22-caliber rifle was seized as evidence. Both men were arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on unsecured bond, pending trial in the Court of Common Pleas at a later date.
“Hunting deer out of season and using a rifle to hunt deer are not only illegal hunting practices, these actions also demonstrate poor hunting ethics,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Through public outreach and hunter education, we stress 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. 313