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BruceBruce1959 10-29-2008 11:13 AM

Three Arrested Poaching Deer in Vermont
 
Three Men Arrested for Poaching Deer in Waterbury and Stowe


VERMONT AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: October 28, 2008
Media Contacts: Col. Robert Rooks, Vermont Fish & Wildlife 802-241-3727

Three Men Arrested for Poaching Deer in Waterbury and Stowe

WATERBURY, VT--Vermont State Game Wardens arrested Lucas Ashley, age 28, of Shelburne, Jason Trieb, age 26, of South Burlington, and William Mitchell, age 50, of Starksboro Vermont on October 19 for illegally taking five deer at night with a light.

State Game Wardens initiated the investigation following a tip from a concerned hunter who had observed a man loading an eight-point buck into a truck in Waterbury Center and thought it suspicious. The wardens interviewed the truck owner and obtained confessions leading to the seizure of the illegally taken deer.

The three men admitted in sworn statements that they had shot the deer from the vehicle with a crossbow while shining a flashlight on them. The three doe and two bucks were illegally shot in the Waterbury Center-Stowe area over two consecutive nights.

The crossbow and flashlight were seized as evidence, and the five deer were recovered from four different houses. Wardens believe there were more illegal deer involved.

Mr. Trieb and Mr. Mitchell were cited to appear in Lamoille County court in January to answer to the charges. Mr. Ashley was cited into Lamoille County and Washington County court in January to answer to his charges.

If convicted, all three men face potential fines and restitution up to $ 7,500 for the deer, confiscation of their equipment and up to 60 days in jail for each count.

Anyone with information regarding poaching activity is urged to contact a state game warden through the nearest state police dispatch, or by making an anonymous call to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75 ALERT.

Lithiumokc 10-29-2008 11:18 AM

Im glad they got them, they should tie them up and cover them in code blue and drop them off in the deer woods during peak rut. let the deer get a bit of revenge.

buckfever 10-29-2008 04:55 PM

good posting Lith... Its disturbing to see the age of those fellows. A 50 yr old. You gotta know he knows better...

joel the signman 10-29-2008 06:08 PM

thats one of the reasons i dont like crossbows.the ability to be used for poaching.before anyone jumps down my throat NOT ALL CROSSBOW USERS ARE POACHERS the tools itself lends itself to poaching.it can be carried loaded shot easily from inside a vehicle and makes very little noise.you aint drawing a regular bow in a vehicle thats for sure.anyway i hope they get locked up i like the code blue idea:w00t:

Buckshot 10-30-2008 07:23 AM

Hopefully the judges in those counties will enforce the law. To many times around here they get busted but only get a slap on the wrist from the judge. I think the landowner should file a civil suit for damages!!

BruceBruce1959 10-30-2008 12:57 PM

More poachers
 
VERMONT AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: October 23, 2008
Media Contacts: Col. Robert Rooks or Maj. David LeCours, 802-241-3700

Glover and Barnet, Vermont Deer Poaching Cases Result in Arrests

WATERBURY, VT - Deer poaching incidents October 11 in Glover and October 20 in Barnet have resulted in the arrests of 11 young individuals for taking deer by illegal means, or 'deer jacking.' Concerned citizens helped in both cases when they reported hearing shots at night.

On Saturday, October 11, shortly before midnight, landowners in Glover heard two gunshots. A prompt call to a State Police radio dispatcher resulted in a quick response from local game wardens. Senior Game Warden David Gregory and Game Warden Trainee Paul Brown traveled to the area to investigate the incident.

While patrolling the area, the wardens encountered two vehicles leaving the fishing access area at Daniels Pond. One of the cars sped away as the wardens arrived, while the second car, driven by 21 year old Thomas Claeys of Barton, stopped.

In the car with Claeys were three other men and a rifle. David 'Ben' Nelson, 18, of Orleans and 19 year old Keith Sylvester, Jr. of Derby Line were found with blood on their hands.

Claeys told the wardens that a deer was in the trunk. Along with a garbage bag of warm deer flesh, the wardens found a search light and a blood-caked knife. These items were seized, along with the rifle and a handgun.

Through further investigation, Michael Durocher, age 19 of Brownington, was identified as the owner and driver of the second car the game wardens had encountered leaving the Daniels Pond fishing access. A search of Durocher's vehicle uncovered additional evidence of his involvement in that night's poaching.

Accompanying Durocher had been 18 year old David Blair of Orleans who was located the following day. An additional juvenile passenger , like the rest of the individuals, was charged with taking a deer by illegal means.

The six individuals are scheduled to appear in Orleans Circuit Court on December 16, 2008 to answer to the charge of big game taken by illegal means, a misdemeanor offense. Additional penalties may include fines up to $500 but not less than $200 and could include imprisonment for not more than 60 days.

On October 20, at about 1:30 a.m. Senior Game Warden Dennis Amsden responded to a deer jacking complaint on Old Silo Road in Barnet.

An investigation revealed that a doe deer had been shot by Christopher Stevens and a juvenile male. A rifle and a shotgun were used in the taking of the deer, with the aid of a spotlight and the headlights of Jessica Carr's Nissan X-Terra SUV.

The following individuals were arrested in this case for taking deer by illegal means:
Jessica Carr, 19, of Lyndonville; Derek Dawson, 18, no known address; Christopher Stevens, 18, of Lyndonville; and Kristie Bergdoll, 18, of Lyndonville. A 17 year old juvenile male from Lyndonville was also arrested.

In both cases, if convicted, the defendants would lose the right to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for three years with additional fines and restitution possible of up to $1,500 per individual. The vehicles and any implements used in the taking of the deer, including the firearms, also are subject to forfeiture

"State Game Wardens cannot do their job without public support," said Colonel Robert Rooks. "We ask the public to continue to report suspicious or illegal activity to help stop poaching by calling your nearest State Police office radio dispatcher, regardless of the time of day."

BruceBruce1959 10-30-2008 01:01 PM

This is a photo of the Deer that were from the first posting from the Waterbury, Stowe Poachers.

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/pho...e%20101808.jpg

tnrebelguitarist 10-30-2008 03:35 PM

Being a landowner, I HATE poachers. Half the time the first day of muzzaloader and gun are spent driving around looking watching the property boundaries. We have caught several people trying to sneak in...most people in the community know that there is a chance they will be limping off the property if we catch em.

However, one afternoon when my dad and I were hunting our box stand, we heard a shot that was about 200 yards away. Considering we lease/own property for about 2 miles, we knew something was up. We went out look for a vehicle or something near the road. We didn't see anything so we pulled down one of the old roads and could hear someone talking on a cell phone but we didn't know where. We left and began circling the property....no one came out.

The next morning at the local store, we were having breakfast and a county police officer walked in and started talking about a wreck. My dad asked where and apparently it was coming off the old country road onto the main roadway. The guy had been in such a hurry thinking we were still around looking for him that he lost control on the gravel and rolled his bronco about 3 times. When the cops got there, they found out he hadn't tagged the small 6 pt he had shot, had an unregistered loaded handgun, and had alcohol.

My dad informed the officer they had been poaching and called the local game warden. The guy had his vehicle, pistol, rifle, and the deer confiscated. He also was fined for not tagging the deer, lost his license for 2-4 years, and had to have minor stiches from cuts sustained during the wreck.

I think he deserved that and more:boxing:. I hope the same thing goes for these fellas who think it is ok to tresspass and poach. Karma will always get ya back....sometimes its immediate and sometimes it takes a while.

gfdeputy2 10-30-2008 06:17 PM

Geeze Bruce what the heck is going on next door I mean what some brave / stupid people. I know there are poachers everywhere we caught a couple here in town over the years but they shoot at one deer & they are gone 5 deer in two nights my word. The code blue Idea is awesome but tape a buck roar in their mouths so when theyt scream they attract more

joel the signman 10-30-2008 08:25 PM

now that is too funny


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