wo 17-year-old Elmira residents are charged with eight
Environmental Conservation Law offenses in connection with the
nighttime shooting of a buck earlier this month behind Elmira Free
The charges stem from a Dec. 5 incident at EFA, 933
Hoffman St. in Elmira, where a buck was shot in the schoolyard next
to the poolhouse behind the school, the state Department of
Environmental Conservation said.
The two individuals
possessed a shotgun and a compound bow, the DEC said, adding that
the buck was killed with the shotgun.
The two teenagers,
both males, face six misdemeanors and two violations.
Penalties for these misdemeanors range from $250 to $2,000 per
deer per violation, and up to one year in jail. Penalties for the
violations range up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail.
DEC said the misdemeanors include spotlighting while in possession
of a firearm; possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle;
illegal taking of a buck deer; discharge of a firearm within 500
feet of a school; hunting deer with the aid of an artificial light;
and taking wildlife from a motor vehicle.
The DEC said the
violations include hunting big game during the closed hours, and
spotlighting while in possession of a bow.
It’s not known if
the federal Gun Free School Zones Act will apply. It prohibits
possession or discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of school
grounds, and penalties can includes fines, imprisonment and one-year
expulsion from school.
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