Four cited for illegal night hunting in Vina
Special to the DN
Article Last Updated: 01/19/2008 09:05:13 AM PST
VINA - Four people were cited in connection with illegal night
hunting on the grounds of the New Clairvaux Abby in Vina [CA],
according to the Department of Fish and Game.
Citations were issued to Brother Pierre Lapointe, 76, of the New
Clairvaux Abby, Robert Stack, 51, of Aloha, Ore.; and Timothy Stack,
52, of Ely, Nev.; and Joel Stack, 22, Reno, Nev. , according to a
press release issued this week by Scott F. Willems, DFG Patrol
Lieutenant Supervisor for Shasta and Tehama counties.
The DFG conducted a night surveillance for illegal night hunting
activity using vehicles and lights on Nov. 23.
Warden Pilot Jeff Veal observed a light being used to illuminate
fields and orchards in the Vina area. Ground units were called in
and the activity was tracked to the New Clairvaux Abbey. A vehicle
was observed on the monastery property using a spotlight, and rifle
shots were heard coming from the vicinity of the vehicle, the DFG
press release said.
The gates to the monastery were closed and locked, so the wardens
approached on foot. The suspect vehicle had returned to the
monastery warehouse where contact was made with four individuals.
Two does and one spike buck deer that were shot were found in the
warehouse. There was deer hair and blood in the bed of the pickup as
well as on the clothing of the suspects, according to the DFG press
Deer season was closed, and it is illegal to hunt deer at night
and to use lights. Doe and spike deer are also illegal to hunt
except under some very restricted situations. A fourth deer (another
spike) was located in the field the following morning where it had
been left. The suspects admitted to shooting at least seven deer,
but no more were located.
The four deer along with two rifles and a Q-beam spotlight were
seized as evidence. The suspects were issued citations by Warden
Jeremy Bonesio for unlawful take and possession of deer (Fish and
Game Code Sections 2000 and 2001) and illegal use of a spotlight to
take deer at night (FGC Section 2005).