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Most interesting is that DE will no longer have deer check in stations begining with this season. All check in will be by phone or internet.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON WILDLIFE & FRESHWATER FISH
MINUTES
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
Richardson and Robbins Building Auditorium
89 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware, 19901
Phone 302-739-9912, FAX 302-739-6157

ADVISORY COUNCIL DIVISION OF FISH
& WILDLIFE PUBLIC
1. Edward A. Montague, Chair Pat Emory
10 Visitors
2. J. Richard Berry, Vice Chair Ken Reynolds
3. Ted Palmer (Absent) Rob Hossler
4. Wayne G. Steele Joe
Rogerson
5. Al Townsend Bill
Dugent
6. Raymond F. Burris Shelley Tovell
7. Robert C. Nichols Matt DiBona
8. Neil Dukes (Absent)
9. Garrett Grier, Jr.

Taped micro-cassettes of this meeting are available for listening at the
Richardson & Robbins Building in Dover. For further information contact
the Wildlife Section at (302) 739-9912.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Edward Montague at 7:30 PM.




Agenda Item 1. Approval of Minutes (Chairman Montague).

A motion was made and voted unanimously to approve the
March 31, 2009 minutes as written.


Agenda Item 2. Rabbit Season for 2010 (Joe Rogerson).

Joe Rogerson gave a brief presentation concerning a proposal received from
the Council to extend the length of the rabbit season. Currently, the
rabbit season runs from November 24 – February 15. Mr. Rogerson started
out by describing the season lengths and bag limits found in surrounding
states. All of which provide longer opportunities for rabbit hunting. He
also stated that there has been very little scientific research conducted
in the past 30 years so the impacts (positive of negative) of an extended
season are unknown. In the face of uncertainty, Mr. Rogerson’s opinion was
to be conservative and not lengthen the season at this time. However, if
the season were to be lengthened it may be best to do so at the beginning
of our current segment.

Following Mr. Rogerson’s presentation, Ken Reynolds explained the
regulations process noting that it now takes about seven months to get a
regulation through. There would not be enough time to change the rabbit
season dates for the 2009 season. If the Division were to proceed with
this, it would have to be for the 2010 season. After
considerable discussion by Council with input from the audience and the
Division, Councilman Townsend made a motion seconded by Councilman Burris
that the rabbit season be lengthened by adding a segment from November 2-7
and extending the late season another five (5) days to February 20th. The
Council voted unanimously to approve.

Director Emory noted that he would talk to someone in the Secretary’s
office to see if the regulatory process could be expedited in order for the
season change to go into effect for the 2009 hunting season.


Agenda Item 3. Hunter Ed.com (Bill Dugent).

Mr. Bill Dugent introduced the Hunter Ed.com program for
hunter education. The intent of this program is to provide a learning
alternative to students in addition to the traditional live instruction.
The internet has been proven to be an excellent educational tool especially
impacting young audiences. The First State is not a pioneer in this field.
Delaware is the 40th state to accept online hunter education as a part of
its program.

SUMMARY OF ONLINE LEARNING USE SURVEY
CONDUCTED BY IHEA
http://6fbd21e64bc817fd097aa54148bd3dab37bc10ee.gripelements.com/documents/Online07.pdf



The survey lists states and Canadian provinces currently (published
10APR08) using internet distance learning by either IHEA or another vendor
(TodaysHunter.com or HunterExam.com). Nine southeastern states (AL, AR,
FL, GA, LA, KY, MS, SC, and TN) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
formed a partnership to develop alternative delivery programs for hunter
education.
CANADA: 5
Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
USA: 40 ( now including DE)
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, NY, DE, NV, NH, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME,
MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, USVI, VA,
WA, WI, WY

39 of the above 40 states require additional participation in a field day
training session. Currently, Indiana is the only state which will issue a
state Hunter Education Certification card to students completing an
internet course with no additional course or live field day required!
Delaware has a reciprocity agreement (through IHEA) with all states and
provinces in North America.

Most states offering internet courses report a substantial increase in
recent usage over the last 3 years.

A number of states are having difficulty keeping up with the increasing
demand for internet field days. Vermont, currently a non-user, cited no
broadband internet availability or even cell phones available through much
of the state.

VA uses the IHEA course but notes that it will accept other online courses
provided that they are approved as an official course of instruction by
another state.

Vendor http://www.HunterExam.com charges each student $24.95 for
verification of participation payable only AFTER passing a total of 12 end
of chapter quizzes. All quiz question combinations are different, selected
from a pool of approx 250 questions. The course is narrated.

HunterExam.com is currently used by DE, TN, CA, Manitoba and Prince Edward
Island. More states coming soon. This course only qualifies students for
participation in a live, instructor led internet field day with films,
skills trail, live firing and live instruction on Delaware laws and
regulations. No certification cards are issued without participation and
successful completion in both online and live instructor led field day.

Vendor http://www.TodaysHunter.com charges each student $15.00 to take the
final exam. Students needing to retake the final must pay again. Failure
rate on final exam first try is around 15%. The exam comes from a large
question pool with virtually no chance of two exams alike. This course is
currently used by about 20 states. This vendor is also the publisher of
the hunter education manuals used by approximately 48 states including
Delaware.

Vendor of the IHEA course at http://homestudy.ihea.com/ is usually free to
students (some states charge) but the state has to pay a lump sum. The
course is older, cumbersome, has lots of text and requires printing of 14
pages of exam results. (128 questions)


Agenda Item 4. Online Deer Registration (Joe Rogerson).

Joe Rogerson gave a power point presentation on the current deer
registration process and the Division’s plan to improve this process.
Currently, hunters have 24 hours to register their deer via the electronic
telephone or internet systems or by taking it to a check station. Deer
that are taken to a check station are registered via a paper Deer Harvest
Record Form. These forms are than entered into the computer manually.
This option poses a significant negative monetary and time commitment to
the Division. As a result, the Division will be eliminating check stations
for deer registration starting in the 2009/10 hunting season and will
require that all deer be registered using the telephone or internet
systems.

Agenda Item 5. Controlling Access on Wildlife Area Roads (Ken Reynolds).

Ken Reynolds gave a brief presentation on vandalism problems on State
Wildlife Areas. He noted that it ranges from trucks running through wet
fields, trash dumping, damage to buildings, signs and significant
monuments. Mr. Reynolds noted that despite our current level of efforts the
situation seems to be getting worse. Director Emory noted that we are
likely to increase our road closures in order to stop some of these
problems. Mr. Reynolds stated that we know the hunting public is getting
older and that access needs to be provided for these people to get to
hunting spots, but at the same time we need to do everything we can to
prevent serious vandalism. Last year, trash pick-up alone cost the Division
over $20,000. Director Emory acknowledged that we need to make new laws
and increase penalties for these types of violations. Councilman Montague
asked if we would keep gates open during the deer seasons. Mr. Reynolds
said yes and that any increase in access restrictions would be on a case by
case basis. Chairman Montague asked for a motion to endorse the Division’s
policy to manage access to wildlife areas. A motion was made by Councilman
Burris and seconded by Councilman Townsend. The vote was unanimously in
favor.


AGENDA FOR THE 5/26/09 ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

1. 2009 Deer Harvest Report (Joe Rogerson).
2. Report from Geese Peace (Bob Leonard & Anne McCann).
3. Lead Shot Restrictions for Dove Hunting on State Wildlife
Areas (Matt DiBona).
4. 2009 Turkey Harvest Report (Ken Reynolds).
5. Scott’s Run Youth Hunting (Jim Kemble).
6. Massey’s Landing Deer Hunting (Director Emory).


There being no further business, a motion was made, seconded and carried
that the meeting be adjourned at 9:08 PM.
 

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I like the telecheck idea, I think we will see that in NJ soon enough. The huntered.com concept is interesting also. It won't eliminate the field sessions, which I think are important, but it will definitely streamline the process and eliminate some headaches down the line.
 

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AGENDA FOR THE 5/26/09 ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

1. 2009 Deer Harvest Report (Joe Rogerson).
2. Report from Geese Peace (Bob Leonard & Anne McCann).
3. Lead Shot Restrictions for Dove Hunting on State Wildlife
Areas (Matt DiBona).
4. 2009 Turkey Harvest Report (Ken Reynolds).
5. Scott’s Run Youth Hunting (Jim Kemble).
6. Massey’s Landing Deer Hunting (Director Emory).
Looks like they have to listen to the BS from "Geese Peace" I sure hope they don't get sucked into spending hunters dollars on their BS.
 
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