Poachers are not intelligent to begin with, but these guys are exceptionally stupid.
If you’re going to poach a “celebrity” white-tailed deer hundreds of people have photographed,
here’s a hint: don’t take pictures of your illegal harvest and post them on the Ohio Division
of Wildlife’s Web site. You have to be enthusiastically idiotic to think you won’t
No, I take that back. All poachers should follow thatlead. They should immediately
send photos to their respective state wildlife agencies.
If you’re going to brag about poaching a trophy buck,
you’d better have about $15,000 to back it up.
That is how much two men have been ordered to pay in fines and costs, including a
record restitution penalty of $13,277 under a new state law, after they were convicted
of illegally killing a celebrity white-tailed deer in Side Cut Metropark in early
The deer was a large-antlered, 15-point buck known to some Side Cut fans as “Big Boy”
and to others as “Stickers,” said Steve Thomson, a wildlife investigator for Ohio
Wildlife District 2. It was among the most-often photographed and familiar animals
in the park’s ever-growing deer herd and was featured in The Blade last year.
It had been aged by a state wildlife biologist at 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 years old.