Friday, December 27, 2013

DNREC Press Release

Where to try out those new ‘toys’

With the holidays come days off from work and school, and Fish and Wildlife Enforcement reminds wildlife area visitors – especially those with brand-new ATVs or dirt bikes – that driving any type of motor vehicles off established roadways on state wildlife lands is illegal and damaging to wildlife habitat.

“Off-roading is very destructive to areas reserved for wildlife conservation and harmful to some of our more fragile species. In addition, Division staff have to replant vegetation, repair ruts and clean up after these activities,” said Sgt. Rhodes. “If you want to take that new ATV out for a ride, it’s best to do it on your own property or on private property with the owner’s prior permission.”

There’s another good reason to keep ATVs and other vehicles without a license plate on private lands, Rhodes added: it is illegal in Delaware to operate unlicensed motor vehicles on public roadways – including state, county and established wildlife area roads. “ATVs and other vehicles without a license plate are prohibited in state wildlife areas, both off-road and on established roadways, and violators who are caught will be cited,” Rhodes said.

Hunters who find new firearms under the tree are reminded that target practice is prohibited on state wildlife areas. However, the state-owned Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range, located at 1205 River Road, New Castle, is an excellent place to try them out. Operated by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Ommelanden Center is dedicated to providing Delaware hunters with required hunter education courses and training opportunities.

Ommelanden’s range is open year round for public use for a small fee from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The facility is closed on state holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The range includes 25 and 50-meter rifle and pistol ranges, skeet and trap fields and a practice archery field. For more information, call 302-323-5333, or visit Ommelanden Range.

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at

Decorating With Cats

As usual our Christmas tree had live cat decorations.

For a blog post that talks more about decorating with cats look here;

The Bar Downtown Goes Green on the Front Too

Some After Christmas Thoughts

It always amazes me how Christmas, a religious holiday, can manage to cause most of us to commit the seven deadly sins of; Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Pride, Lust, Wrath and Sloth.

I try to send American Made Christmas cards but the stores have 98% of their card selection Made In China.  Happily I am not the only one who seeks out American Made cards as 65% of the cards I have received were American Made. 

American made is just impossible to find in the stores anymore, however you can find items on the Internet.  The stores cut their own throat, as Al Lewis says in one of his columns "More imports=fewer jobs= fewer shoppers".

I didn't shop K-Mart this year.  I found their TV advertisement of the men shaking their balls to play jingle bells to be disgusting.   I am sure some people found it amusing.  I had thought about cutting Sears off my shopping stores also since K-Mart and Sears are owned by the same company, as it turned out there was nothing in Sears that interested me in buying from them.

When I was a child we selected our Christmas Presents from a Sears catalog, today I am selecting from the Internet. 

I certainly would not want to go back to "the Blue Laws"
but I do think these extended days and hours are ridiculous.  How many people really go out shopping at 3AM?  I can see the shopping at 3AM but most of these stores only have one cash register open so you spend just as long shopping at 3AM as you do 3PM.  Give the people that work in those store a break and let them have Thanksgiving with their family.

As you grow older you receive more gifts of food/sweets.  My blood sugar level is max out over the holidays.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013