Reminder for the week: Hunters and residents encouraged to review Delaware hunting and wildlife area regulations
DOVER – 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, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Oct. 30-Nov. 5 made 1,988 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, including 52 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks, issuing 46 citations. Officers responded to 46 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail.
Incidents of note:
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:
Wildlife Conservation: Failure to attach deer tag to antlered deer (1), unlawful to remove antlered deer parts prior to examining deer by division (1), possess or transport antlered deer that was unlawfully killed (2), unlawful method of deer hunting by baiting lands (3), unlawful to remove antlerless deer parts prior to examining deer by division (1), must wear hunter orange (3)*, trespass to hunt (1), hunt on state game refuge (1), and federal laws and regulations adopted (2), and unlawfully hunting on the dog training area of the C&D Canal (3)*.
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: possession of undersized stripe bass (1) and possession of undersized tautog (1).
Public Safety: Possession of firearm/weapon by a person prohibited (9), possession of marijuana-civil (2)*, and driving without a valid license (1)*.
Other: Driving while suspended or revoked (1), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (11)*, and littering (1)*.
*Includes citation(s) issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
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 de.gov/ogt.
With hunting season in full swing, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind both hunters and residents who live near hunting areas to become familiar with Delaware hunting regulations. Those who are visiting our state wildlife areas are also reminded to become familiar with established rules and regulations.
General hunting and wildlife area rules and regulations include:
For more information on the 2017/2018 hunting seasons – including hunter education, licensing, hunting and trapping seasons, limits, regulations, wildlife area information and more, with sections devoted to deer, small game, turkey and migratory birds – click on 2017-2018 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide. Newly updated wildlife area maps with area-specific regulations are available online at Wildlife Area Maps.
Printed copies of the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the wildlife area maps are also available at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by calling the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912. The printed guide also is available from license agents throughout the state.
Media Contacts: Lt. John McDerby 302-354-1386 or Sgt. Brooke Africa 302-382-7167, or Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 302-739-9913
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