A 35-year-old Middletown man is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly hunting wild turkeys four days before the season opened.
Howard B. Carter IV was arrested at his home on April 8 after a witness spotted him hunting at the Cedar Swamp State Wildlife Management Area, east of Townsend, and reported him to authorities, according to Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.
The spring turkey hunting season opened on Saturday and runs through May 11.
Rhodes a limited hunt was allowed last week, but only for youth hunters.
Carter is charged with possession of a loaded firearm in motor vehicle, hunting from the roadway, conspiracy, hunting wild turkey without a permit, failure to register wild turkey, illegal possession of wild turkey, hunting wild turkey during a closed season and failure to wear required camouflage while hunting wild turkey.
Carter was later released on his own recognizance, pending trial.
Rhodes reminded hunters that they must complete a mandatory one-day hunter education class before they can legally hunt wild turkeys in Delaware.
Hunters also are required to carry their Hunter Education Card and public lands permits.
The wild turkey bag limit is one bearded bird per year; birds without beards cannot be taken.
All birds taken also must be check at an authorized turkey check station by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the hunt.