HUNTING VIOLATIONS
from C.A.S.H. Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting

DE: Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: July 31-August 6

August 11, 2017

From News.Delaware.gov

Incidents of note:

  • On July 31, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested Robert Martin, 26, of Smyrna following an investigation into deer hunting violations that occurred near Smyrna. Martin was charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and possess or transport antlerless deer that was unlawfully killed. Martin was arraigned at Kent County Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and was released on his own recognizance pending a court date in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.
  • On July 31, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a second juvenile from Harrington following last week’s investigation into nighttime deer poaching which occurred near Harrington. This juvenile was charged with hunting whitetail deer during closed season, hunting at nighttime, loaded firearm in a vehicle, failure to tag antlerless deer, fail to retain tag on antlerless deer, failure to register antlerless deer within 24 hours, unlicensed hunting, game animal not consumed or utilized for its value and unlawful method of take for whitetail deer. The juvenile was arraigned at Kent County Justice of the Peace Court 7 and was released with an order to appear in Kent County Family Court at a later date.
  • On August 3, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested Christopher Ribolla, 35, of Clayton for several commercial crab fishing violations that occurred on the Delaware Bay near Woodland Beach. Ribolla was charged with eight counts of failure to tend commercial crab pots within 72 hours of them being tagged by officers. Ribolla was arraigned at Kent County Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover where he pleaded guilty and was fined $856, including court costs.
    On August 3, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited Granville L. Conaway, 78, of Georgetown for unlawfully loaded firearm in vehicle and hunt from a motor vehicle. Fines totaled $230, including court costs; a 17 caliber rifle was seized as evidence.

Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:

Wildlife Conservation: Unlicensed Hunting (1), game animal not consumed or utilized for its value (1), hunting white tailed deer during closed season (1), hunting at nighttime (1), unlawful method of take for white tailed deer (1), failure to tag antlerless deer (1), fail to register antlerless deer within 24 hours (1), failure to retain antlerless deer tag (1), and possess or transport antlerless deer that was unlawfully killed (1).

Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Unlicensed fishing (11), fail to obtain a FIN number (3), trespass to fish on private property (1), possession of a prohibited shark species- sandbar shark (1), failure to release prohibited shark unharmed (1), possession of undersized summer flounder (1), possession of undersized blue crabs (6), no recreational crab pot bycatch reduction device (1), and possession of undersized white perch (2) and possession of undersized largemouth bass (1). Commercial: Failure to tend commercial crab pots within 72 hours (8).

Boating and Boating Safety: Negligent operation of a motor vessel (1), operating a vessel with insufficient number of life jackets (3), failure to observe slow no wake zone (1), failure to observe slow no wake on division ponds (1), no life jacket on a child age 12 or younger as required by law (3), no boating safety education certificate (3), equipment violation-no sound producing device (2), and equipment violation-no fire extinguisher (1).

Public Safety: Possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited (1), unlawfully loaded firearm in a vehicle (2), hunt from a motor vehicle (1), driving while suspended or revoked (1), inattentive driving (1), and improper lane change (1).

Other: Trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (8), target shooting on a state wildlife area (1), and operating an unregistered motor vehicle (1) (Includes citation(s) issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.)


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