Georgetown man jailed on numerous charges including possession of multiple weapons by a person prohibited

Franklin D. Conaway III
Franklin D. Conaway III

GEORGETOWN – Following a criminal investigation, a Georgetown man was arrested Jan. 19 by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police for multiple weapons, drug and hunting violations, including possession of weapons by a person prohibited.

Franklin D. Conaway III, 37, was charged with five felony counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited; one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, unlicensed hunting and failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season; and two counts each of possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, failure to tag antlered deer and failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours.

Officers seized as evidence two shotguns, a handgun, a bow with arrows, an assortment of ammunition, drugs, drug paraphernalia and deer parts. In addition, the investigation by Natural Resources Police found that Conaway had an active warrant for his arrest with the Delaware State Police on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane position and leaving the scene of an accident.

Conaway was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown for a bond hearing, and was remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $56,250 secured bond, pending a preliminary hearing in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

The DNREC 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 and 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

Media Contacts: Sgt. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 18

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife launches new ‘Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler’ website

DOVER – Delaware residents as well as anglers visiting the First State can now use the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s new responsive website, Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler, to access information from most personal devices on more than 180 species of fish and shellfish that reside in, frequent or occasionally visit Delaware’s fresh, estuarine, coastal or offshore waters.

“Almost any fish a recreational angler might catch in Delaware is included, from the shallow waters of a small backyard pond to the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, from bluegills to blue marlin,” said Fisheries Biologist Bruce Cole, who spearheaded the new website. “Designing Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler as a responsive website resulted in webpages that not only look good, but are also easy to use on all devices, from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones.”

The new site features fish or fishing information on:

  • High quality illustrations and descriptions to help identify species
  • Seasons, size limits and daily limits
  • Ranges and abundance in Delaware waters
  • Habitat and food preferences
  • Common fishing lures and baits
  • Did You Know? fun facts
  • Typical sizes caught of the many species depicted
  • Minimum requirements for citations in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament
  • Delaware State Records for species included in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament

“While still on the water, and with the aid of a smart phone, anglers can use the new responsive website to instantly help identify what kind of fish they caught and find out if it is in season, how big it needs to be, how many they can keep and much more. Even non-anglers can enjoy the information, from the high quality art work to the “Did You Know” fun fact sections,” said DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Director and avid angler David Saveikis.

For more information about fishing in Delaware, visit

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 16

DNREC reminds residents that ocean dunes in state parks are closed to sledding, snowboarding

DOVER – With possible heavy snow in the weekend forecast, the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation is asking the public to help protect the dunes in Delaware’s ocean parks by reminding residents and visitors that sledding in the dunes at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks is prohibited.

“The dunes are the state’s first line of defense during coastal storms, providing protection for the beaches and the communities that border them,” said Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police Chief Wayne Kline. “We want the public to know any activities that degrades or damages them – as sledding can – is against the law.”

Dunes also help to protect Delaware’s fragile coastal ecosystem. Sledding down the dunes can not only destroy the dune, but also hurts vegetation on the dunes that helps trap sand and ultimately stabilizes the dunes.

Media Contact: Chief Wayne Kline, Delaware Natural Resources Police State Parks Enforcement, 302-739-9220

Vol. 46, No. 15

Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2016 calendar on sale while supplies last

DOVER – Remaining copies of the 2016 Division of Fish & Wildlife calendar have been marked down to $3 while supplies last – $4 by mail, which includes shipping and handling.

Calendars can be purchased at DNREC’s licensing desk at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901; Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, 12613 Hunters Cove Road, Greenwood, DE 19950; and Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range, 1205 River Road, New Castle, DE 19720.

Calendars may be ordered by mail for $4 by calling the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9910, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or by sending a check made out to “Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife” to Jennifer Childears, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Each month of the calendar features seasonal photos depicting the natural beauty of Delaware’s wildlife areas, fishing ponds and boat ramps, taken by DNREC staff members Jesse Baird, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Larry Horan, Bill McAvoy, Scott Newlin, Craig Rhoads and Joanna Wilson. The calendar also includes monthly seasonal reminders related to outdoor activities and a Division of Fish & Wildlife contact directory.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 12

Jan. 31 deadline approaching to submit great shots of Delaware hunters for Division of Fish & Wildlife photo contest

DOVER – The Jan. 31 deadline is fast approaching to enter your best image in the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2015/16 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2016/2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published later this year.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray the contest theme, “Hunters in Action.” Judges also will look at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

“After the success of last year’s contest, we are hoping that once again photographers from all over the state will share some of their best images with us, so we can share them with the hunting public,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This year we look forward to photos that capture the contest theme of ‘Hunters in Action’ as they enjoy our great outdoors.”

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Photo Contest, Attention: Lynne Pusey, 6180 Hay Point Landing Rd., Smyrna, DE 19977. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, and must include a completed and signed entry form. A photo release form is also required for photos that include images of children younger than 18. Information and forms are available on the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website or may be requested by calling Lynne Pusey at 302-735-3600, or email

Photos must be submitted as 8 x 10-inch photo quality prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Winning entries must be available in a digital version with resolution of 300 dpi or greater (when enlarged to 8 x 10 inches).

Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to wildlife or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned. For more information, please visit the Fish & Wildlife photo contest page on the DNREC website.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 13