With hunting season in full swing, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded both hunters and residents who live near hunting areas to become familiar with Delaware hunting regulations. Those who are visiting state wildlife areas are also being reminded to become familiar with established rules and regulations.
General hunting and wildlife area rules and regulations include:
· During all firearms deer seasons, all hunters on both private and public lands, except those hunting migratory waterfowl, are required to wear hunter orange for safety reasons, in the form of no less than 400 square inches of hunter orange material on the head, chest and back combined.
· Hunting is permitted only in specified areas and only during designated hunting seasons.
· After harvesting a deer, an appropriate tag must be attached to the animal before it is field dressed or moved from the place of harvest.
· All successful deer hunters must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter & Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are being encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative can call 1-855-DELHUNT (1-855-335-4868).
For more information on the 2018/2019 hunting seasons — including hunter education, licensing, hunting and trapping seasons, limits, regulations, wildlife area information and more, with sections devoted to deer, small game, turkey and migratory birds — see the 2018-2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide online at http://www.eregulations.com/delaware/hunting/.
Natural Resources Police officers between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 made 2,505 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, issuing 46 citations. Officers responded to 51 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public.
Hunting citations issued during the week included: two citations for hunting at nighttime, two citations for hunting deer during closed season, hunting fox during closed season, six citations for hunting migratory waterfowl after established shooting hours, five citations for unlicensed hunting, three citations for hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, two citations for federal laws adopted—no federal waterfowl stamp, hunting migratory waterfowl without required state waterfowl stamp and three citations for failure to display required hunter orange during a firearms deer season.
Other citations issued during the week included: three citations for trespassing to fish, possession of undersized oyster (commercial), failure to attach oyster harvesting tag to bushel containing oysters (commercial), two citations for operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets, three citations for having an unlawfully loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 15 yards of a public road, two citations for conspiracy 3rd degree, driving without a valid license and passing on a double yellow line.
Additional citations issued included: failure to have vehicle insurance identification in possession, expired vehicle tags, fictitious or cancelled vehicle registration card, number plate or tag, trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area, operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area and destruction of state property.