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

Reminder for the week: Purchase your 2019/2020 Delaware hunting license, waterfowl stamp now

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’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Aug 5-11 made 3,755 contacts with anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 80 citations. Officers responded to 120 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. A 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 Aug. 6, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers discussed the role of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers, answered hunting, fishing and boating questions, and displayed the Operation Game Theft trailer during the annual Night Out in Wyoming.
  • On Aug. 6, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers discussed the role of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers, answered hunting, fishing and boating questions, and displayed the Marine Patrol vessel Oscar during the annual Night Out in Milford.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions

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

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Possession of undersized blue crabs (16), possession of undersized striped bass (6)*, possession of over-the-limit striped bass (1), possession of over-the-limit bluefish (3), possession of flounder parts (1), possession of oysters (1), use of crab pots without required turtle excluder (1), unlicensed fishing (8)*, no Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number (7), and trespass to fish (1).

Boating & Boating Safety: No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (5), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (1), failure to observe slow no wake (1), negligent operation of a motor vessel (2), operating an unregistered vessel (2), operating a personal watercraft after sunset (1), and no boating safety certification (4).

Public Safety: Possession of drug paraphernalia not marijuana related (2), possession of marijuana – civil (1), and slow moving motor vehicle on a highway (1).

Other: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (14)* and operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway 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. The public are encouraged to report fish, wildlife, and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580 or through the DENRP Tip app on a smartphone, which can be downloaded free of charge by searching “DENRP Tip” via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030, going online to http://de.gov/ogt, or using the DENRP Tip app. Verizon customers can connect to Operation Game Theft directly by dialing #OGT.

Are you AWARE?
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind hunters to purchase their 2019/2020 Delaware hunting licenses and waterfowl stamps (See graphic below).

Resident hunters younger than 13 or 65 and older are not required to purchase a Delaware hunting license. Non-resident hunters 13 and older are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license.

To hunt waterfowl in Delaware, residents age 16 through 64 and non-residents age 16 and older are required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp. Resident and non-resident hunters age 16 and older also need a federal migratory bird stamp to hunt waterfowl.

Hunters who are exempt from purchasing a license must obtain an annual, free License Exempt Number (LEN). Both exempt and non-exempt hunters of migratory gamebirds, including waterfowl, dove, woodcock, and rail, must also obtain a free Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Both are available online or by calling 855-335-4868 toll-free.

 

 

Delaware hunting licenses and waterfowl stamps are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating hunting license agent, purchase a Delaware hunting license or waterfowl stamp or obtain a HIP or LEN number online, click Delaware Licenses & Permits. For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918. Federal migratory bird stamps may be purchased at U.S. Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges, and online. For more information, call 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

For more information on hunting in Delaware, click 2019-2020 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.

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

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


Delaware Native Species Commission to meet Aug. 21 in Dover

DOVER – Delaware’s Native Species Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Room 221 at the Kent County Administrative Building, 555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901.

The Commission will discuss progress on its 2019 priorities, a planned symposium, subcommittee reports, enacted legislation expanding the Commission, potential legislation banning the sale of certain invasive pants, and other issues. For more information, including the meeting agenda, visit the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/62226.

The Delaware Native Species Commission was formed by the Delaware General Assembly to reverse the trend of decline and extinction of Delaware’s local plant and animal native species, implement recommendations of the Statewide Ecological Extinction Task Force, and provide expertise and assistance to state and local lawmakers, policy makers, educators, and other stakeholders. The Commission is comprised of 19 members, reflecting a balance of environmental professionals, government, and business stakeholders, with DNREC providing staff support.

For more information, please visit Delaware Native Species Commission or call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9910.

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

Vol. 49, No. 217


DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit arrests Magnolia man on criminal charges, including felony forgery of US currency

      Jordan Patrick

MAGNOLIA – Delaware Natural Resources Police officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Kent County man Aug. 5, after a traffic stop in the area of Sorghum Mill Road in Magnolia led to the discovery of drugs and counterfeit US currency. After an odor of marijuana was detected during the traffic stop, ECU officers conducting a search of the vehicle found 16.9 grams of marijuana and 10 counterfeit $100 bills.

Jordan Patrick, 25, of Magnolia, was arrested and charged with: forgery first degree/possession of counterfeit money (a felony); tampering with physical evidence; possession of marijuana; operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance in possession; operating a motor vehicle with a fictitious or cancelled registration card, number plate or tag; operating a motor vehicle without registration card in possession; and operating a vehicle without working brake lights.

Patrick was video-arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach. He was released on $10,300 unsecured bond for an active capias, and $3,202 unsecured bond for the charges resulting from the ECU traffic stop, pending an appearance in Superior Court.

Delawareans are encouraged to report environmental violations to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

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

Vol. 49, No. 212


DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters of Basic Hunter Education Course requirements

DOVER – With fall hunting seasons approaching, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Program reminds hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967 that they must successfully complete the Basic Hunter Education Course to obtain a Delaware Hunting License. Early pre-registration is advised due to limited class seating, with classes filling quickly as the hunting season approaches.

Course dates, times, and locations are available on DNREC’s Hunter Education Course Calendar, with additional classes to be scheduled based on class demand. Students must be 10 years of age or older to be able to take any Hunter Education Program course.

The Basic Hunter Education Course teaches students safety, ethics, firearm types, safe gun handling, marksmanship techniques, specialty hunting techniques, wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival, and Delaware hunting laws and regulations, as well as many other hunter safety-related topics. All Basic Hunter Education Course participants must participate in a live firearm firing session with a trained instructor.

Two options are available for the Basic Hunter Education Course:

  • Traditional, in-person course offered at one of the classroom locations throughout the state. The in-person course is free of charge to all students.
  • Online hunter education course with one of three private vendors, listed on the Hunter Education Course website, combined with a one-day in-person field course to complete the live firearm firing requirement. A fee is charged for taking the course online; the field day course is free.

The Delaware Hunter Education Program was first established in the early 1970s to help educate the public in safe hunting and to reduce hunting-related accidents. Since 1967, more than 35,000 hunters have received their hunter safety cards in Delaware, with a substantial decrease in hunting-related accidents.

To register for the program, click Hunter Education Online Access and select one of the options listed. For the required live-fire liability release, click Delaware Hunter Education. For more information, contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Office at 302-735-3600, ext. 1.

Follow the Division of Fish & Wildlife on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DelawareFishWildlife.

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

Vol. 49, No. 211


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: July 22-28

Reminder for the week: Avoid overloading your vessel by checking its capacity plate

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’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between July 22-28 made 4,319 contacts with anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 43 citations. Officers responded to 85 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. A 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

  • From July 23-27, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers held their annual New Castle County Advanced Youth Academy attended by 15 participants at the Ommelanden Hunter Education Center near New Castle.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions

  • On July 24, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested Jerome McLemore, 29, of Lancaster, Pa., for one count of flight to avoid prosecution/out-of-state fugitive. Officers made contact with McLemore while he was fishing without a license at the C&D Canal Conservation Area near Middletown. McLemore was found to have two active warrants for his arrest with extradition issued by the Lancaster County Sherriff’s Office. McLemore was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute in Wilmington to await extradition.

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

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Possession of undersized blue crabs (9), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), surf fishing violation (1), unlicensed fishing (3), and no Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number (4).

Boating & Boating Safety: No life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (2), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (5)*, no navigation lights (2), no boating safety certification (4), and operating an unregistered vessel (3).

Public Safety: Possession of marijuana (1).

Other: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (6), trespass on division lands in a closed area without a permit (1), and flight to avoid prosecution/out-of-state fugitive (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. The Public are encouraged to report fish, wildlife, and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580 or through the DENRP Tip app on a smartphone, which can be downloaded free of charge by searching “DENRP Tip” via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030, going online to http://de.gov/ogt, or using the DENRP Tip app. Verizon customers can connect to Operation Game Theft directly by dialing #OGT.

Are you AWARE?
Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters to always check the boat capacity plate, which is usually found near the operator’s position or on the vessel’s transom. This plate indicates the maximum weight capacity and maximum number of people that the vessel can carry safely. Boaters should always follow the recommended capacity in the owner’s manual and on the manufacturer’s capacity plate before heading out on Delaware’s waterways.

Anglers and hunters should also consider the weight of their extra gear to ensure they do not load their vessels beyond the stated capacity.

For more information on safe boating practices in Delaware, including Delaware’s boating safety education courses, please visit Delaware’s Boating Safety website.

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

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