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Each week, Delaware Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police make as many as 2000 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public. Our state is blessed with phenomenal natural resources that are ideal hunting and fishing grounds. Unfortunately, a few bad eggs occasionally neglect to abide by the law and those who get caught are often part of the Fish and Wildlife Police’s entertaining weekly roundup.

Typical violations include trespassing to hunt on a state refuge, hunting deer over bait on a state refuge, unlicensed fishing and possession of undersized fish.

This week’s incidents of note include:

On Nov. 6, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police boarded a charter fishing boat in Lewes for a routine check and cited 11 people aboard for fishing violations as follows: 16 counts of possession of undersized black sea bass, two counts of possession of over-the-limit black sea bass and one count of possession of over-the-limit bluefish, carrying fines per violation of $107, including court costs.   

On Nov. 4, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited a 58-year-old Townsend man for possession of unlawfully taken antlerless deer, hunting on a state game refuge and hunting deer with the aid of illegal bait on a state game refuge on DelDOT property near Pike Creek. He was fined $495, including court costs.

On Nov. 3, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited an 18-year-old Townsend man for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failure to obtain a motor vehicle title, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop at Staves Landing Boat Ramp near Odessa. He was released pending a mandatory appearance in Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown at a later date.

On Nov. 1, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested Scott G. Austin, 18, of Frederica, and charged him with providing false information when registering an antlered deer, attaching an antlerless deer tag to an antlered deer, possession of an unlawfully taken antlered deer, hunting antlered deer with a firearm during archery season and unlawful possession of a game animal/antlered deer in connection with an Oct. 30 incident near Felton. Austin was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he pled guilty to providing false information when registering an antlered deer and attaching an antlerless deer tag to an antlered deer. He was fined $2,504, including court costs, and released.

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