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 March 2-8 made 835 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including one vessel boarding for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 33 complaints and issued 18 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish & Wildlife Enforcement presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail.
Incidents of particular note were:
· On March 2, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers arrested Richard L. Moore, 44, of Delmar and charged him with seven counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited and one count of trespassing to hunt. Six firearms and ammunition were seized as evidence. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and received a $7,500 unsecured bond for the weapons charges, pending a court appearance at a later date. Moore was then remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $3,686 bond for two active capiases out of the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and Sussex County Family Court.
· On March 4, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officers arrested Kyle H. Hudson, 33, of Frankford, and charged him with one count each of unlicensed hunting, possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer, failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours, failure to tag antlered deer, failure to retain tag on antlered deer, taking antlered deer without purchasing hunter’s choice tag and removing antlered deer parts prior to checking. Hudson was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $3,500 unsecured bond pending a later court date at Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.
Citations issued by offense type included the following, with the number of charges in parentheses:
Wildlife Conservation: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (2), Kent County; Unlicensed hunting (1), possession of unlawfully taken antlered deer (1), failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours (1), failure to tag antlered deer (1), failure to retain tag on antlered deer (1) taking antlered deer without purchasing hunter’s choice tag (1), removing antlered deer parts prior to checking (1), trespassing to hunt (1), and commercialization of wildlife/illegally selling deer (1), Sussex County.
Public Safety: Possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited (7), Sussex County.
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational anglers who plan to fish, crab or clam in tidal or non-tidal waters statewide to purchase their 2015 Delaware fishing license. A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Anglers under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout stamps if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20.
Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.
Trout anglers must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp, with the exception of anglers younger than age 12 and resident anglers age 65 and older. For residents age 16 through 64, a trout stamp costs $4.20. For residents age 12 through 15, a youth trout stamp costs $2.10. For non-residents, a trout stamp is required for all anglers age 12 and older and costs $6.20.
Delaware fishing licenses and trout stamps are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.
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 at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.