Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers, between Dec. 4-10, made 1,355 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public including 86 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing and hunting regulation compliance checks, issuing 27 citations.
Officers responded to 32 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail.
Incidents of note:
— On Dec. 8, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested Jayson Armstrong, 34, of Delaware City, for one count each of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and unlicensed hunting on the C&D Canal near New Castle. Armstrong was arraigned at New Castle County Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on a $5,001 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance in New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.
— On Dec. 4, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources police officers arrested a Magnolia man for possession of a weapon by a person prohibited and multiple deer hunting violations.
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included: hunting closed area, two; hunt deer during unlawful hours, nighttime, one; unlicensed hunting, one; trespassing to hunt, six; hunting with an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, one; possession of prohibited lead shot while hunting migratory waterfowl, two; no federal waterfowl stamp, one; and transport unlawfully taken antlerless deer, two.