Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec. 28-Jan. 4
Reminders for the week: Handgun deer season opens Jan. 7;
Snow Goose Conservation Order permits available online now
DOVER (Jan. 6, 2012) – 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 agents issued 10 citations between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.
Citations issued between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 by violation type included the following:
Wildlife Conservation: Operating a vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (2) and damaging state property (2), and violating wildlife area map condition (2), near St. Georges; violating migratory bird regulations (1), Smyrna; illegal possession of lead shot while waterfowl hunting (1), Middletown.
Boating Safety: Carrying insufficient number of life jackets (2), near Millsboro.
Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section has reminders for deer and waterfowl hunters:
· Handgun deer season opens Saturday, Jan. 7 through Saturday, Jan. 14. Legal weapons are limited to revolvers and single shot pistols, minimum barrel length of 5.75 inches, maximum 12.5 inches, chambered for and using straightwall handgun ammunition in .357 magnum, .41 caliber, .41 magnum, .44 caliber, .44 magnum, .45 caliber, .454 caliber, .480 caliber or .50 caliber and using open sights, metallic/mechanical, optical or telescopic sights. Since the .460 casull is a .45 caliber, it is legal under the existing handgun legislation. The handgun must be carried openly in a sling or holster, not concealed. Handguns also may be used in place of a shotgun during any shotgun deer season. Also, wearing hunter orange is required for all upland hunting.
· Free annual permits required to participate in Snow Goose Conservation Order hunts are available now online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. The Order will be in effect from Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, April 14. During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used to harvest snow geese, with no bag or possession limits. Shooting hours have been extended to ½ hour after sunset. Participants are required to report their harvest online at the web address above to the Division of Fish and Wildlife after the Order has closed.
For more information, check the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and waterfowl hunting information, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and 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 at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx .
Vol. 42, No. 5