Hartly man arrested, 13 firearms seized, following waterfowl incident
Investigators say they seized more than a dozen firearms, from a Hartly man who was illegally hunting waterfowl in Delaware.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says on April 25 they arrested 28-year-old Roy Bryant III, and charged him with four felony counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and one count each of possession of ammunition by a person prohibited and harassing migratory waterfowl.
The charges apparently stem from an April 16 incident where someone fired a shotgun at a Canada goose on a pond in Hartly, during the night. Investigators say Bryant also was charged with one count each of no hunting license, no Delaware waterfowl stamp, no federal waterfowl stamp and no harvest information program (HIP) number, all of which are required for hunting migratory waterfowl in Delaware, in connection to a separate waterfowl-related incident that happened in January.
Following his arrest by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, Officers say they seized 13 firearms which included eight shotguns, two rifles, two black powder revolvers and a muzzleloader rifle, along with a compound bow and arrows, two knives and an assortment of ammunition, as evidence. Bryant was reportedly arraigned in Dover, and was released on $5,500 unsecured bond, pending a court appearance at a later date.
Delaware law prohibits persons with certain prior convictions, including felonies, from owning or possessing any type of deadly weapon. Among these are all firearms, as well as ammunition and any type of bow – compound, recurve or crossbow, which are considered deadly weapons. Penalties for violations range from probation and fines to jail sentences.