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DNREC Reminds Waterfowl Hunters, When in Doubt, Don’t Shoot

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 DOVER, Del. – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers made more than 700 contacts to achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions during the week of Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. 

Officers made 784 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 97 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents also responded to 35 complaints and issued 14 citations, six of which were related to increased Fish & Wildlife Enforcement presence at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and recreational trail.

In one incident on Nov. 1, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers cited a Kent County man for possession of a pied-billed grebe, which is a non-game, protected species listed as endangered in the state of Delaware. Per federal regulations, grebes are not a game species and cannot be hunted in any state, including Delaware. The pied-billed grebe can be recognized by its small size, mostly brown coloring, short neck and short, chicken-like gray bill.  

Officers issued one citation for damaging state property on a wildlife area, two for operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area, one for possession of a prohibited rifled firearm on a state wildlife area, one for hunting migratory waterfowl without required HIP number, and four for possession of prohibited lead shot/shot size while hunting migratory wildfowl in New Castle County. 

In Kent County, officers issued one citation for possession of an endangered/protected species and in Sussex County, officers issued one citation for hunting white-tailed deer with the aid of illegal bait on a state wildlife area. 

For public safety, officers issued one citation for inattentive driving and one for driving with a suspended or revoked license in New Castle County and one citation for possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle in Sussex County. 

DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement wants to remind waterfowl hunters to become familiar with the different species of waterfowl and birds that they might come across when hunting. 

“It's always possible to make a mistake at a distance when hunting,” said Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. “However, we strongly encourage waterfowl hunters to familiarize themselves with the different species of birds to help avoid taking a prohibited species – and when in doubt, don't shoot.”
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