Poaching News: Backyard Bucks, Hunting Over Bait, Headless Deer
November 15, 2017
The latest poaching news roundup includes a small buck allegedly shot from second-story window, and a 10-pointer killed near a backyard feeder.
Game & Fish posts poaching news updates occasionally on this website.
Hunting from Second Story Window
New York conservation officers investigated complaints about a homeowner who allegedly deer-hunted from a second-story window of his home. He was later seen allegedly dragging a killed deer into his garage, according to a news release.
When investigators arrived at the home, they saw a pile of corn and a salt lick. Blood was seen near the bait and a 4-point bucks was hanging in the garage.
Faced with the overwhelming evidence of wrong-doing, the suspect admitted to shooting the deer. The deer and the man's rifle were seized.
He was charged with taking deer with the aid of artificial light, hunting after hours, taking deer over bait, and feeding deer within 300 feet of the road. Other charges are possible.
10-Pointer Killed Over Bait
Despite knowing it's against the law to hunt deer over bait, a New York man reportedly couldn't resist killing a 10-point buck near a backyard feeder filled with bird seed.
The incident happened Oct. 27 in the town of Poughkeepsie.
The big buck was found hanging in the man's garage and it was not properly tagged.
"Are you going to ticket me for my bird feeders?" the man reportedly asked the conservation officer, according to a news release.
The officer reported a trail cam was positioned 10 feet from the feeder.
The man told the officer he was about to go hunting elsewhere else that morning when he saw the buck walking away from the feeder.
The buck was seized as evidence and the man received numerous citations: hunting before legal shooting hours, improperly tagged deer, and illegal take of protected wildlife with the aid of pre-established bait.
Read more from New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Mule Deer Poachings Investigated
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is investigating the deaths of two mule deer that were illegally shot south of Pinedale. Both were reportedly killed during closed seasons.
One, which was found with its antlers removed, was discovered northeast of Buckskin Crossing near Long Draw. It likely was killed around Nov. 9 or 10, according to a news release.
The second was killed around noon on Nov. 12 along Boulder Lake Road. A suspect — white male in his mid-50s, 5-foot-9, with balding hair and a beard — was seen in the area hunting out of a maroon semi-truck with no trailer. He was described as having a "strong accent or slight speech impediment," the agency said. He was seen leaving the area around 1 p.m.
If you info on either case, call the Pinedale Game and Fish office at 1-800-452-9107, the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) or South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft at 307-367-2470.
Read more from Wyoming Game and Fish Department
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The Truth of the Matter
A Trinity County game warden received a call from the local constable in regards to an illegal buck that had been harvested in a subdivision bow hunting program to control deer numbers.
Upon arrival, the warden observed not just one carcass, but two from illegal bucks that didn't meet the 13-inch antler spread minimum requirements.
The constable advised the warden that one hunter had registered a spike in the harvest log book the evening before, which did not match the 5-point buck carcass at the collection site.
The constable called the hunter to the site prior to the warden's arrival in hopes of clearing up the issue. The hunter advised the constable that the 5-pointer was not his deer and that he shot a legal spike.
After the warden cited the first hunter with an illegal buck with less than 13-inch inside spread, he called the other hunter to return back to the scene.
The hunter stuck to his story, but after a brief interview, finally confessed he did shoot the buck and stated he wasn't going to continue any longer with his story. Citations and civil restitution are pending on both illegal buck cases. The hunters also received other warnings.
Read more from Texas Parks & Wildlife
Headed for Trouble
During a traffic stop, an untagged deer head in the bed of a truck caught the attention of a DPS state trooper, who notified a Dewitt County game warden.
The driver told the trooper that he had cut the head off a deer he had found dead. Upon follow up, the warden was able to ascertain there was more to the story.
While the subject did actually find the dead deer and remove its head, he failed to mention he was the one responsible for its demise, having killed the buck with a rifle during the archery-only hunting season.
The deer head in question, which was no longer in the bed of the man's truck, had been buried in the backyard for most of the week, and then stashed in some brush across the street.
Apparently, while the warden was interviewing the subject at the front of the house, another individual had uncovered the head and attempted to get rid of it. The cases and restitution are pending.
Read more from Texas Parks & Wildlife