Butchers announced for Sportsmen Against Hunger donations
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2015-16 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.
Last year, 18,016 pounds of venison from 604 deer donated by hunters was divided among 36 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 72,000 meals for hungry Delawareans. Since it began in 1992, the Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 1.7 million meals for needy Delawareans.
Successful hunters can take their deer directly to any of the participating private butcher shops throughout the state, or they may drop off their deer at any of the DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers.
Sussex County butchers include Johnson's Custom Cutting, 21404 Burton Road, Milton, 302-684-1790; Ole McDonald's Farm Fresh Meats & Produce, 8977 DuPont Blvd., Lincoln, 302-265-2321; and Dave's Cut 'Em Up, 6854 Delmar Road, Delmar, 302-381-7257.
DNREC-maintained coolers in Sussex County can be found at Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford; Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro; Redden State Forest headquarters, Georgetown; and Trap Pond State Park, Laurel.
These coolers are checked frequently, and donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program or to participating private butcher shops for processing. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish & Wildlife requests that the hunter call the phone number posted on the cooler, so the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner.
Hunters are reminded that any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field-dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal.
All deer taken in Delaware must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-335-4868.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, go to http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/SportsmenAgainstHunger.aspx, or contact Bill Jones, Kent County regional wildlife manager, 302-284-4795. For deer information, contact Joe Rogerson, species conservation and research program manager, at 302-735-3600.
Prime Hook closes hunting in Unit I
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be closing Unit I, between Fowler Beach Road and Slaughter Beach Road, to all hunting for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, due to construction activities associated with beach and dune restoration work. For more information, call the Refuge office at 302-684-8419.
Strong finish for Del Tech cross country
Delaware Tech’s men’s and women’s cross country teams each finished the season in second place in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 19. The teams were led by women’s coach Ray Parker and men’s coach Jim Fischer. The team recently brought home several wins in the Regional Championship hosted by Essex Community College Oct. 25 in Branch Brook Park in Newark, N.J.
Top finishers for the women were Taylor McKinney with a time of 21:02.2 to finish second in Division I, Paige McKinney in 21:23.7 for third in Division I and Brianna Bryfogle in 21:57.5 for fifth in Division I.
Top men’s finishers were Daniel Raiford with a time of 30:44.0 for fifth in Division I and Wilian Ortez Morales in 31:54.8 for ninth in Division I.
This year’s cross country team was one of the first to be composed of student-athletes from each Delaware Tech campus as the college moves to a statewide athletics structure. Both the women and men finished second in Division 1/Region 19 overall.
“The student athletes made great progress this year,” said coach Jim Fischer. “Their willingness to do very difficult workouts gave them conditioning to race very well. The team came together from all four campuses to form very strong teams.”
The team awaits news about the NJCAA Championships to be held in Fort Dodge, Iowa, at Iowa Central Community College Saturday, Nov. 14.
Ravens Roost to watch games at Crabby Dick's
Ravens Roost 134 is the Sussex County chapter of the Baltimore Ravens Roosts. The purpose of the organization is to share an interest in following the Baltimore Ravens - watching games together and enjoying the camaraderie of cheering for an NFL team. The organization also supports local charities through fundraising activities.
Roost 134 announced its location for game-viewing for the 2015 football season will be Crabby Dick’s, 18831 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach. All are welcome to attend the game-viewing, where membership information will be available. Monthly meetings are held at American Legion Post 17, American Legion Drive, Lewes. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Prospective new members are welcome to attend. More information regarding membership can be obtained by contacting Deb Whattam at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Ambrose at email@example.com.
New hunting maps available
New state wildlife area maps with updated regulations for each area are now available for the 2015-16 hunting seasons, the Division of Fish & Wildlife recently announced. The maps and area-specific regulations are also available online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/HuntingMaps.aspx.
Hunters should note that two wildlife areas have been renamed since last year. The Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area in New Castle County is now the Eagles Nest Wildlife Area, and the Urban/Fortney Tracts in Kent County have been combined to form the new Tappahanna Wildlife Area. These new names are indicated on the area maps, but are not reflected in the 2015-16 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide as it was published prior to the name changes.
For complete information on the 2015-16 hunting seasons - including hunter education, licensing, hunting and trapping seasons, limits, regulations, wildlife area information and more, with sections devoted to deer, small game, turkey and migratory birds - check this year’s hunting and trapping guide by going to www.eregulations.com/delaware/hunting/pageFlip/.
The guide is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state. Printed wildlife area maps also are available at the Dover licensing desk. Licensing office customers may take up to five printed maps free of charge. A complete set of statewide maps costs $5 to purchase in the office, or $6 by mail.
For more information, call DNREC’s licensing office at 302-739-9918 or the Wildlife Section office at 302-739-9912.