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Two Teens Arrested for Hunting Violations

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FRANKFORD, Del. – Two Sussex County teenagers have been arrested for hunting violations.

DNREC says Natural Resources Police and Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested the men on Jan. 5, after receiving a call from a concerned citizen regarding the men's deer hunting practices.

Police arrested Thorvald Impastato, 19, of Frankford, and Gabriel S. Bowden, 18, of Dagsboro.

Impastato was charged with felony possession of a destructive weapon (a handgun with an illegal silencer), shooting a firearm within a safety zone near a home, trespassing to hunt, unlicensed hunting, hunting deer during a closed season, and hunting deer illegally. A shotgun and handgun were seized as evidence.

Bowden was charged with shooting a firearm within a safety zone close to a home, possession of an unplugged shotgun, trespassing to hunt, unlicensed hunting, and hunting deer illegally. Another shotgun was seized as evidence.

Both men were arraigned in Georgetown, according to DNREC. Impastato was released on $2,725 unsecured bond and Bowden was released on $250 unsecured bond, pending a trial.

"Hunters should always consider their surroundings and how far their fired ammunition can travel," said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. He add that it is illegal in Delaware for anyone other than the owner, or someone with permission from the owner, to use a firearm that lands on an occupied dwelling.

DNREC says the statewide safety zone for in-season archery deer hunting is 50 yards.

New Castle County has its own ordinances, including a 200-yard firearm safety zone from homes, structures and camps north of I-295 and I-95 in which firearms may not be discharged, and a 100-yard firearm safety zone south of I-295 and I-95. Within these safety zones, it is illegal for anyone other than the owner or occupant to hunt, trap, pursue, disturb or otherwise chase any wild animal or bird without advance permission of the owner or occupant, according to DNREC.  

For hunting information, you can look at the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide at Hunting guide online. Hard copies are available at the license desk in DNREC's Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, or from license dealers statewide. For more information, call the Wildlife Section office at (302) 739-9912. 

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