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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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:
 

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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!!
 

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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."
 

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

 

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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.
 

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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
 

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now that is too funny
 

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My dad and I own about 130 acres surrounded by government land. Keeping poachers off our place is a full time job we catch them every year. We have good barbed wire fences and so many posted signs it looks like a highway. These people don't care whatsoever. A week ago my buddy and I found a dead deer with its head, back straps, hind quarters, and one front shoulder missing. It was definatly a buck but Ill never know what it was. Last year I found about a three year old eight point with a bullet hole dead in the edge of our pond. The game wardens didn't say much but to let them know when we caught someone. Any ideas with dealing with these prolonged problems. Oh and ealier this year one of our trail cameras was stolen before I could check the pics on it. Dangit​
 

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The code blue Idea is awesome but tape a buck roar in their mouths so when they scream they attract more
gfdeputy2, don't make those funnies when I'm drinking coffee!!!
 

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Sorry to hear that Beaux, we have alot of that garbage going on here too. No respect for people or animals. We may have to start cracking heads right.
 

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Beaux,

What I normally do is hunt on days that people know that I don't often hunt. I also have friends drop me off, or park far away that way it makes the poachers think that they won't run into anyone. I also enlist the help of several of my friends and we will hunt various parts of the property at the same time and day to keep a good eye on things.

Another thing we do is to put old railroad spikes in the trails or roads people use to come into our property.

You can also hide off the side of the roadways to catch people who are being dropped off

One of my friends had a few cameras stolen, so the next one he put out had a nice lock box put on it....however, there was another camera (a very inexpensive one) mounted a few yards from the first. The expensive camera in the lock box was taken but the fella had a few nice pictures of himself get taken by the cheap camera in the process.

If your local game wardens aren't being of much help ( patrolling the area and such) report it to the states game agency (their supervisors) that you aren't getting help from them. If that doesn't work, its time to take things into your own hands....Ive known of several poachers whose trucks had mysterious holes appear throughout the radiator and motor :ph34r:
 

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Yeah I put out a board with about a hundred nails in it I think I got someones 4 wheeler tires because it was uncovered and not where I had put it out, but I don't know for sure. Yeah its bad not feeling comfortable leaving stands and cameras out on your own land. About four years ago my dad and I caught a mother in a buick dropping her 14 year old son off at our locked gate. Aint that something. I havent caught anyone in person lately but their signs are there. It has come to shooting up trucks and bustin heads, its been going on way too long. Appreciate it fellas.
 

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just be careful of the repercussions of such actions .like arrest,death ,incarceration.i know tresspassers make us mad but ya got to be careful you dont cross the line and become a criminal yourself
 

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I do agree that there is a line that can be crossed that means you have gone too far. However, when all other options have been exhausted, what are you to do but defend your property. I don't like to think of people getting hurt by running over spike traps, but the simple point is, if they hadn't been tresspassing, they wouldn't get hurt.

...that line can b a little gray....how long and how much do you take... how much damage will you let be caused and how much money to be lost before you take actions into you own hands...

That is one reason I said to make sure you call the supervisors of the Game Wardens if they are being no help. If you document who you talked to, when, why, etc that can be used when you go to court (if it gets taken that far by someone). You can easily plead the case and show the proof that you had done all you could legally and nothing was being done.

You could still end up in some hot water but it all depends on what type of person you are as to how far you want to take things.
 

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In mississippi the law says something like a person can defend themselves with a weapon on their property if they feel that the trespasser intends to harm them. I'm not saying Ill shoot someone for trespassing because its not worth it on my concious and I am a Christian. But stands and cameras getting stolen is ridiculous. I think that is breaking the " man laws" to steal someones hunting stuff. If you want to be mean flirt with my wife, don't steal my hunting stuff.
 

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dont get wrong i hate tresspassers and do believe you have the right to protect yerself but most states laws frown on hurting someone over theft.I also want you to remember this a family site and some of our younger members may get the wrong ideas
 

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Yeah I ain't trying to set a bad example for any young hunters out there, I apologize for anything I said that could influence someone the wrong way. I wasn't meaning to do that.
 
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