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Five Plead Guilty To Poaching Deer

Five men charged in an Illinois deer poaching case have entered guilty pleas, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement announced March 8. The charges stemmed from investigations conducted by IDNR Conservation Police officers, along with law enforcement officers from Michigan, Indiana and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011....

Illegal Buck Costs Poacher $10,000 In Fines

A giant buck cost an Illinois man a giant amount of cash following his conviction and sentencing for poaching charges. Weldon “Jesse” Bean of Kankakee, Ill., was charged by Illinois DNR in late 2011 for multiple violations following his arrest. Bean pleaded guilty to seven of the charges filed by the DNR, including hunting...

Ten Trophy Bucks Poached, Authorities on Manhunt

Washington authorities have suspects and are closing in on possible arrests after a months-long investigation into the poaching of 10 trophy deer. The Wenatche World reports that Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife searched four homes in Okanogan County on March 1 and recovered the heads of nine antlered bucks. Another was recovered in...

Poachers Keeping Conservation Officers Busy

While bears may hibernate and cranes fly south for the winter, those individuals who choose to violate Idaho’s wildlife laws are busy year round, that means that those who protect Idaho’s wildlife resources can never rest. Conservation officers in the Teton Basin have recently been dealing with violations ranging from illegal trapping and illegal...

Thousands Issued For Wildlife Crime-Stoppers

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,200 to diligent citizens statewide at its quarterly meeting Jan. 26 in Baton Rouge. The program approved and dispensed $22,100 in cash rewards in 2012 to concerned citizens who reported wildlife violations that led to 79 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases. A total...

Bill Would Make Wanton Waste A Felony

The scene is all too familiar for New Mexico’s game wardens: While investigating a report of possible poaching, the officer finds a carcass of what once was a trophy deer, elk or antelope – head removed, the meat left to rot. It’s a sickening sight for an officer commissioned to protect the state’s wildlife....

Illegally Killed Deer Nets Man Misdemeanors, No Jail Time

An Indiana man faced three years in prison on a felony firearms charge but pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors for illegally killing a whitetail deer in October. Donald Ward, 47, of Brownsburg, Ind., received 178 days probation and 80 hours of community service as part of his plea agreement. A jail term of 178...

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Deer Spotlighting Leads To Charges of Murder

Wildlife officer Ross Spurlock unpeeled only the first layer of an onion when he arrested a Jacksonville man for killing a deer out of season and at night. Other layers removed by Cpl. Spurlock of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and by Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies ended with four people arrested for murder....

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Interstate Poaching Ring Is Infiltrated

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers completed a comprehensive investigation Wednesday that included more than 200 criminal violations. Twenty-one individuals in Orange, Lake, Osceola, Polk and St. Lucie counties were investigated. The 22-month operation targeted individuals who illegally bought fish and wildlife products in Florida...