DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Jan. 12-18
Reminder for the week: Take note of winter hunting, fishing seasons and prep for changing weather
DOVER (Jan. 23, 2015) – 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, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Jan. 12-18 made 648 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 40 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 25 complaints and issued 13 citations, one of which was related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Enforcement presence.
An incident of particular note was:
- Fish & Wildlife Agents Jan. 15 concluded an investigation by arresting Alvin B. Miller, 45, of Dover and charging him with one count of exceeding the annual individual quota for striped bass by a commercial fisherman. Miller was arraigned at Sussex County JP Court #3 where he pled guilty. He was fined $112, including court costs.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Hunting migratory waterfowl without required federal duck stamp (1); possession over the limit of Canada geese (1), Kent County; Wildlife area map citation (leaving deer stands attached to trees) (1)* and failure to wear hunter orange (2), New Castle County; Possession of unlawfully killed antlered deer (1), hunting antlered deer during antlerless season (1), and hunting waterfowl after legal shooting hours (2), Sussex County.
*Violation occurred at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
Fisheries Conservation: Commercial: Exceeding individual annual quota for striped bass (1), Sussex County.
Boating and Boating Safety: Negligent operation of a vessel (1) and operating an unregistered vessel (1), New Castle County; No sound device aboard vessel as required (1), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds hunters and anglers of upcoming and ongoing hunting and fishing season dates:
- Striped bass – Season open all year in tidal waters within 3 miles of shore; catch-and-release only in Nanticoke and Delaware rivers and the C&D Canal and their tributaries from April 1-May 31 during spawning season. The taking of, possession of, and targeting striped bass in federal waters, which begin three miles offshore, are prohibited. (NOTE: Striped bass regulations will change during 2015.)
- Shotgun deer season – closes Saturday, Jan. 24
- Muzzleloader deer season – Monday, Jan. 26-Saturday, Jan. 31
- Archery/crossbow deer season – open through Saturday, Jan. 31
- Duck season – closes Saturday, Jan. 24
- Migratory Canada goose season – open through Saturday, Jan. 31
- Snow goose season – open through Saturday, Jan. 31
- Small game hunting seasons – gray squirrel and pheasant (open through Saturday, Feb. 7), and rabbit (open through Saturday, Feb. 28)*
*NOTE: Small game hunters are required to wear hunter orange during all firearms deer seasons.
Enforcement also reminds hunters and anglers to be well-prepared for winter weather, which of late has included fluctuations in temperature and changing precipitation. “With this winter’s hard-to-predict weather, it’s especially important for hunters and anglers to make sure they leave a plan of where they will be and anticipated time of return with a responsible friend or family member,” said Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement.
Other tips include:
- Check the latest weather forecast before heading out and dress appropriately in layers.
- Anticipate changes such as rain, snow or temperature drop, and pack extra weatherproof and/or dry clothing as needed.
- Pack and carry a small survival kit including a fully charged cell phone, flashlight with fresh batteries, compass, water, snacks and an emergency blanket.
- Park your vehicle in a designated parking area adjoining a roadway, preferably on high, firm ground.
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 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 atwww.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.