DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrest two Sussex County men for multiple deer poaching violations

DOVER – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two Sussex County men in the Frankford area Nov. 16 as the result of an ongoing investigation into illegal nighttime deer poaching activities.

Sewall B. Hickman, 23, of Frankford, was charged with two counts each of possessing or transporting antlered deer that were unlawfully killed; hunting deer during closed season; hunting at nighttime; unlawfully loaded firearm; hunting from a motor vehicle; and conspiracy 3rd degree. Hickman was also charged with one count each of failure to attach deer tag to an antlered deer; failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours; antlered deer registration violation; method of take violation; killing an antlered deer without first purchasing a hunter’s choice deer tag; and discharge of a firearm within 15 yards of public road or right-of-way. Hickman was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he was released on $1,800 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.

Keith A. Hickman, 47, of Selbyville, was charged with two counts each of possessing or transporting antlered deer that were unlawfully killed; hunting deer during closed season; hunting at nighttime; unlawfully loaded firearm; hunting from a motor vehicle; and conspiracy 3rd degree. Hickman was also charged with one count each of failure to attach deer tag to an antlered deer; failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours; antlered deer registration violation; method of take violation; and discharge of a firearm within 15 yards of public road or right-of-way. Hickman was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he was released on $1,700 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.

As a result of the arrests, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources police seized a Chevrolet pickup truck, a GMC SUV, one rifle, two antlered deer heads, and numerous other hunting-related instruments.

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Contact: Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-382-7167; or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrest three Kent County men for multiple hunting violations

Jeremy V. Fennell

DOVER – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested three Kent County men in the Farmington area Thursday night as the result of an enforcement operation to deter nighttime hunting activities.

Jeremy V. Fennell, 19, of Felton, was charged with one count each of conspiracy 3rd degree; hunting deer during a closed season; hunting at nighttime; possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; unlicensed hunting; failure to complete an approved hunters safety course of instruction; failure to tag antlerless deer; failure to retain tag on antlerless deer; failure to check antlerless deer within 24 hours; unlawfully removing antlerless deer parts prior to checking; trespassing to hunt; possession or transport of an unlawfully taken antlerless deer; hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells; hunting from a motor vehicle; and underage possession/consumption of alcohol. Fennell was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he was released on a $2,650 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

Benjamin E. Clay

Benjamin E. Clay, 19, of Felton was charged with one count each of conspiracy 3rd degree; hunting deer during a closed season; hunting at nighttime; possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; shooting within 15 yards of a public roadway; hunting rabbits out of season; trespassing to hunt; hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells; hunting from a motor vehicle; and underage possession/consumption of alcohol. Clay was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover where he was released on a $2,400 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

John K. Burch

John K. Burch, 18, of Harrington was charged with one count each of conspiracy 3rd degree; hunting deer during a closed season; hunting at nighttime; possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; hunting without a license; shooting within 15 yards of a public roadway; failure to complete an approved hunters safety course of instruction; failure to tag antlerless deer; discharging a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied structure; trespassing to hunt; possession or transport of an unlawfully-taken antlerless deer; hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells; hunting from a motor vehicle; and underage possession/consumption of alcohol. Burch was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he was released on a $3,100 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

As a result of the arrests, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resource police seized a Chevrolet pickup truck, a shotgun, and numerous other hunting-related instruments. One antlerless deer was also seized and donated to DNREC’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program.

Contact: Sgt. Brooke Africa, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9086 or 302-382-7167; or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Nov. 5-11

Reminder for the week: Where to find Sunday deer hunting area maps and information

DOVER – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 5-11 made 1,443 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 20 citations. Officers responded to 78 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.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police in the Community

  • On Nov. 8, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers presented information on the role of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers, safe hunting, hunting laws, and what to expect when being checked by an officer while hunting to attendees of a Hunter Education Class held at the Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions

Incidents of note:

  • On Nov. 8, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited an individual for inattentive operation of a motor vessel following an investigation into a property damage boat accident on the C&D Canal. The individual was fined $82, including court costs, and released.
  • On Nov. 11, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited an individual for one count each of trespassing to hunt, possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, and possession of unlawfully taken antlerless deer following an investigation into trespassing to hunt deer on private property near Townsend. The individual was fined $1,557, including court costs and released. The two deer seized as part of the investigation were donated to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program.

Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:

Wildlife Conservation: Hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (1), failure to tag antlered deer (1), failure to tag antlerless deer (1), hunting deer over bait on a state wildlife area (2), failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms season (2), unlicensed hunting (1), trespass to hunt (1), hunting on a refuge (1), hunting in a closed area on a state wildlife area (1), possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer (1), and possession of unlawfully taken antlerless deer (1).

Boating and Boating Safety: Inattentive operation of a motor vessel (1).

Public Safety: Having an unlawfully loaded firearm (2) and discharging a firearm within 15 yards of a public road (1).

Other: Destruction of state property (1)*, failure to have drivers’ license in possession (1)*, and trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (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 http://de.gov/ogt.

Are you AWARE?
Sunday deer hunting is allowed in Delaware during the 2018/2019 deer hunting season on all Sundays that occur from Sept. 1, 2018 through Feb. 3, 2019, using those weapons legal for the respective established hunting seasons.

For more information, to include Sunday deer hunting opportunities on public wildlife areas, please visit this link.

For more information on the 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide.

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Contact: Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, 302-382-7167, or Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Reminder for the week: Hunters and residents encouraged to review Delaware hunting and wildlife area regulations

DOVER – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Oct. 29-Nov. 4 made 2,505 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 46 citations. Officers responded to 51 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.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police in the Community

  • Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers discussed the role of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers, answered questions regarding hunting, fishing and boating, and displayed the Operation Game Theft trailer at the Townsend Fire Department’s open house.
  • Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers provided security and logistical support for the “Walk Across Delaware” event at the Michael N. Castle Trail.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions

Incident of note:

  • On Oct. 30, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Marydel man for multiple hunting and traffic charges and a Harrington juvenile for multiple hunting charges following an investigation into deer poaching near Harrington. A DNREC press release was issued regarding the incident.

Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:

Wildlife Conservation: Hunting at nighttime (2), hunting deer during closed season (2), hunting fox during closed season (1), hunting migratory waterfowl after established shooting hours (6), unlicensed hunting (5), hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (3), federal laws adopted – no federal waterfowl stamp (2), hunting migratory waterfowl without required state waterfowl stamp (1), and failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season (3)*.

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: trespassing to fish (3).
Commercial: Possession of undersized oyster (1) and failure to attach oyster harvesting tag to bushel containing oysters (1).

Boating and Boating Safety: Operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (2).

Public Safety: Having an unlawfully loaded firearm (3), discharging a firearm within 15 yards of a public road (1), conspiracy 3rd degree (2), driving without a valid license (1), and passing on a double yellow line (1).

Other: Failure to have vehicle insurance identification in possession (1), expired vehicle tags (1), fictitious or cancelled vehicle registration card, number plate or tag (1), trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (1), operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, and destruction of state property (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 http://de.gov/ogt.

Are you AWARE?
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:

  • During all firearms deer seasons, all hunters on both private and public lands, except those hunting migratory waterfowl, are required to wear hunter orange for safety reasons in the form of no less than 400 square inches of hunter orange material on the head, chest, and back combined.
  • Hunting is permitted only in specified areas and only during designated hunting seasons.
  • After harvesting a deer, an appropriate tag must be attached to the animal before it is field dressed or moved from the place of harvest.
  • All successful deer hunters must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative can call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868).

For more information on the 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Follow Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DEFWNRPolice/.

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Contact: Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, 302-382-7167, or Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913.


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrest two men for firearm possession by a person prohibited

DOVER – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two Kent County men for possession of a firearm by a person prohibited in separate incidents over the past week.

Robert Lowman, 58, of Cheswold, was arrested on Oct. 5 for one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited at the Blackiston Wildlife Area. Lowman was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he was released on a $10,100 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.

Joseph Reyes, 31, of Smyrna, was arrested on Oct. 8 for one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited off Route 9 south of Lighthouse Road near Smyrna. Reyes was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.

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Contact: Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-382-7167; or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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