Delaware DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan. 11-18

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Reminder for the week: Hunters required to tag deer in field

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 15 citations between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 and responded to reports of gunshots, injured animals and trespassing.

Citations issued between Jan. 11 and 18 by violation type included the following:

Wildlife Conservation: Hunting waterfowl with prohibited lead shot (1), Ted Harvey Wildlife Area near Dover; operating motor vehicle off-road on a state wildlife area (1), and operating an unlicensed motor vehicle on a state wildlife area (1), C&D Canal Wildlife Area, near St. Georges; trespassing to hunt (2), and hunting without a license (1), Millsboro; trespassing to trap (1), near Odessa; hunting with an unplugged shotgun (2), separate incidents in Redden State Forest near Georgetown and Lewes; illegal hunting on a refuge (2), near Cooch’s Bridge, Newark.

Fisheries Conservation, Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (1), C&D Canal Wildlife Area, near St. Georges.

Public Safety: Failing to display hunter orange during a firearms season (2), near Cooch’s Bridge, Newark.

Other: Littering (1), C&D Canal Wildlife Area, near St. Georges.

Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind deer hunters that deer must be tagged in the field immediately after being taken. Hunters are permitted to harvest a maximum of two antlered bucks, all seasons combined. All other deer harvested must be antlerless.

Delaware hunting licenses come with two antlerless tags and two doe tags. Hunter’s Choice tags are available to resident hunters for $10 and come with a Quality Buck Tag at no extra charge. Additional antlerless tags are available for $10 each. For non-residents, Hunter's Choice tags and Quality Buck tags cost $25 each.

For more information, check the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, 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 .