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Updated: 2 weeks 4 days ago

DNREC Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police arrest Sussex woman, man on credit card theft charges

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 13:37
FENWICK ISLAND (Oct. 15, 2015) – Following an investigation into a “smash-and-grab” vehicle break-in at Fenwick Island State Park, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police arrested a Sussex County woman and man Oct. 13 on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

New deer stands available to disabled hunters on Old Furnace Wildlife Area in Sussex County

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 10:29
DOVER (Oct. 15, 2015) – Two new deer stands with access stairs instead of ladders on Old Furnace Wildlife Area near Seaford are available for use this season by firearm deer hunters with disabilities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The stands also feature wider dimensions and are placed along a level path close to an interior access road with handicap parking centrally located between the two stands.

Special youth waterfowl hunting day set for Oct 17

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 16:36
DOVER (Oct. 14, 2015) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Oct. 17 as the first of two waterfowl hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 on both public and private lands statewide.

DNREC public hearing on Proposed Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches set for Nov. 7 in Lewes

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:53
DOVER (Oct. 14, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section will hold a public hearing next month seeking comment on proposed changes to Delaware’s Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches. The public hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday , Nov. 7 at the Lewes Fire Department, Station 2, 32198 Janice Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Auctions of low-digit surf-fishing tags by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation start Oct. 15

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:36
DOVER (Oct. 13, 2015) – Surf-fishing enthusiasts and license plate collectors who don’t want to be telling tales about “the little one that got away” – with “the little one” a newly-minted, low-digit Delaware surf-fishing tag to be sold at auction by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation

New Castle County man arrested for hunting illegally on Sunday and multiple deer violations

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:42
WILMINGTON (Oct. 12, 2015) – After investigating a report of a dead white-tailed deer on the front porch of a New Castle County residence, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Wilmington man Oct. 10 on numerous charges including illegal Sunday hunting and several deer hunting violations in connection with a nine-point buck taken by crossbow on private property Sunday, Oct. 4 and found in his possession.

Blackbird Creek Reserves Oct 17 fall festival to celebrate Delawares outdoor treasures

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 10:05
TOWNSEND (Oct. 12, 2015) – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the 8th annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival will be held, rain or shine, at one of the most treasured natural areas in Delaware, the Blackbird Creek Reserve, 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734.

Oct 31 deadline fast approaching for Division of Fish and Wildlifes annual Fishing Photo Contest

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 10:00
DOVER (Oct. 12, 2015) – With the Oct. 31 deadline fast approaching, Delaware photographers are encouraged to submit their best photos of anglers in action to the 2015 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest, sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife. The winning photo will be featured on the cover of or prominently placed inside the 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Holts Landing State Park boat ramp to close Monday, Oct. 12 for construction of new expanded ramp

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:41
DOVER (Oct. 9, 2015) –The boat ramp at Holts Landing State Park will be closed from Monday, Oct. 12 through early next year for construction of a new double-lane concrete ramp,

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Sept 21 through 27

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:30
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Sept 28 to Oct 4

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:29
DOVER (Oct. 9, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 28-Oct. 4 made 770 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, and issued eight citations.

DuPont Nature Center closed for winter reopening April 1 2016

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:26
SLAUGHTER BEACH (Oct. 5, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve has closed for the winter, and will reopen Friday, April 1, 2016 for the busy spring and summer seasons. The center is owned and operated by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Special waterfowl deer and turkey hunting days for youth and disabled hunters announced

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 13:58
DOVER (Oct. 6, 2015) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four future Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Non-ambulatory disabled hunters can also take advantage of these additional hunting opportunities on the deer and turkey dates, but federal requirements do not allow their participation in the special waterfowl hunts.

Gov. Markell announces launch of Environmental Literacy Plan

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:21
DOVER (Oct. 5, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell announced today the completion of the Delaware Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP), a major component of his Children in Nature Initiative. The announcement coincides with the month of October, which he designated in 2010 as Children in Nature Month.

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces new names for two wildlife areas

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:08
DOVER (Sept. 25, 2015) – With hunters and other wildlife area visitors heading out to enjoy fall weather, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that two wildlife areas have undergone name changes since last hunting season.

Print and online versions of new hunting maps for state wildlife areas available now for 2015 2016 seasons

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:06
DOVER (Sept. 25, 2015) – New state wildlife area maps with updated regulations for each area are now available for the 2015/2016 hunting seasons, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The maps and area-specific regulations are also available online at Delaware Hunting Maps.

New deer stands available to disabled hunters on Old Furnace Wildlife Area in Sussex County

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:59
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2015) – Two new deer stands with access stairs instead of ladders on Old Furnace Wildlife Area near Seaford are available for use by deer hunters with disabilities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The stands also feature wider dimensions and are placed along a level path close to an interior access road with handicap parking centrally located between the two stands.

Delawares Wildlife Action Plan submitted to US Fish and Wildlife Service for review

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:57
DOVER (Oct. 5, 2015) – Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP) for 2015-2025, two years in the making through a wide range of partnerships and public input, has been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge to close Oct.5 through 30 for second phase of dam repairs

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:54
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2015) – The north parking lot and fishing footbridge at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna will close for the second phase of dam repairs Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 30, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The north parking lot and fishing footbridge will be open this weekend through Sunday, Oct. 4.

Delaware State Parks closures ahead of expected severe weather, Hurricane Joaquin arrival include campgrounds at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Trap Pond

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 17:17
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has begun notifying campers at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park (Indian River Inlet) and Trap Pond State Park near Laurel that campgrounds in the three parks will close at 8 a.m. Friday because of severe weather expected ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Joaquin.