Jail Time, Big Fines Possible in Nighttime Poaching Case

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One of the suspects in the poaching case has two dozen previous convictions for fish and wildlife crimes.

A Vermont man who has been convicted of two dozen previous fish and wildlife crimes dating back to 1993 faces big fines and jail time after his arrest in a nighttime deer poaching incident.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife said Carl Sanborn, 47, was one of three people arrested after they allegedly shot at a deer decoy with bow and arrow from a vehicle on the night of Oct. 21. His son, Jonathan Sanborn, 21, and an unnamed 16-year-old also were charged, according to the agency in a news release.

Officials say the 16-year-old was the driver of the vehicle, a convertible, and led Vermont Game Wardens on a high-speed chase before they were caught. During the chase, a bow and rangefinder were thrown from the vehicle and recovered by wardens.

Another juvenile, 13, was in the vehicle, but not charged.

The decoy was placed by wardens in an area near Danville that has a history of poaching incidents.

The agency said in a news release that Carl Sanborn faces more than two years in prison and $14,000 in fines if convicted on charges that include taking big game by illegal means, hunting while under revocation, failure to stop for a game warden, and contributing to juvenile delinquency. He was sentenced to 81 days and fined $6,800 on his  previous convictions, the agency said.

Also, Jonathan Sanborn faces more than two years in prison and $8,000 in fines on his charges. The 16-year-old will be processed as a juvenile and faces eight counts, including felony attempting to elude police. He faces more than eight years in prison and $12,000 in fines.

Anonymously report poachers: Operation Game Thief, 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378).

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Arizona Man Allegedly Poached in Iowa

Iowa conservation officers charged an Arizona man with deer poaching in Lake Manawa State Park on Nov. 19, Iowa DNR reported.

Nicholas W. Slater, 31, of Glendale, Ariz., faces more than $2,200 in fines. He was charged as part of an ongoing multi-state investigation, the agency said. According to a news release, charges include:

  • No valid non-resident deer license
  • No valid non-resident deer license (antlered or any sex)
  • Restrictions on taking game — illegal transportation of deer
  • Restrictions on taking game — illegal taking of deer
  • Restrictions on taking game — illegal possession of deer
  • Hunting on game refuge

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