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Poachers Banned for Life After Multiple Violations

Two Tennessee men have been banned from hunting in 44 states for the rest of their lives, fined thousands of dollars and are sentenced to community service for numerous poaching violations in the most severe penalties handed out in the state wildlife agency’s history. Densibel Calzada and Eddy Albert violated dozens of state wildlife regulations...

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Deer Trafficking Conviction Results in Record $1.6 Million Fine

Benjamin N. Chason has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution, the largest sum of money ordered of an individual to pay for a wildlife crime in the United States, following his guilty plea in U.S. District Court. Chason, 61, of Climax, Ga., pleaded guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court for three charges related...

Joshua D. Peterson Mondavi Wis poacher

He Killed Almost 40 Deer Illegally, Gets Six Weeks in Jail and Fines

Sentencing was administered to a young poacher for killing approximately 40 deer last autumn and winter just because he wanted to do it. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say Joshua D. Peterson, of Mondovi, killed almost 40 deer with a rifle and let them lay where they died. He did this last autumn and winter....

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Four Busted for Illegal Deer, License Violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four people in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes for alleged deer hunting violations on August 18. LDWF agents cited Edward A. Slaven III, Edward A. Slaven IV, 22, and Donald J. Weaver, all of Denham Springs, and Maegan C. Chavers, 25, of Liberty, Miss.,...

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Arrests Made Following Multi-State Poaching Investigation

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Law Enforcement has announced court action in three separate wildlife cases in Calhoun County, Illinois. Two cases were a result of joint efforts with the Illinois Conservation Police and wildlife officers in multiple states. After a six-month investigation in multiple Illinois counties and eight other...

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Two Busted For Alleged Deer Poaching in Closed Season

Vermont state game wardens charged two Northeast Kingdom men recently for allegedly poaching several deer during March and April in the Stannard area. On June 22, game wardens, assisted by officers from the Hardwick Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Shawn Bell, 37, of Greensboro and based on evidence gathered...

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Poaching, Posting on Social Media is a Terribly Stupid Idea

It happens every day. Every. Single. Day. Someone does something stupid, horrible or criminal, posts on social media about it or posts actual photos or video of the event happening and then they get caught. Sometimes they take it another step and say “That wasn’t supposed to be public, it’s on my private social...

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Three Arrested for Multiple Wildlife Violations

After a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division investigation, three men turned themselves into authorities for alleged deer and alligator violations in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes. On June 16 Blake A. Mitchell, 29, of Gretna, turned himself in to Jefferson and Plaquemines parish authorities. On June 17 Stephen Black, 19, of Slidell,...

California poacher rifle, deer heads confiscated by state officials

Tip Helps Wildlife Officers Make Case Against Poacher

A Plymouth man was convicted in Amador Superior Court of multiple deer poaching charges after wildlife officers investigated following information provided on a tip line. Gary Michael Creason Jr., age 24, was fined $19,520 for activities involving the take of trophy deer out of season, among other charges. Acting on a tip, wildlife officers...

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Blue Lights and Admission of Spotlighting to Shoot Deer

Law enforcement personnel with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested a Judsonia man and charged him with several hunting violations. Christopher Michael Cleaver, of Judsonia, was arrested Nov. 2 charged with nine counts of night hunting and one count of violating tagging requirements. Officers were working in...