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HUNTING VIOLATIONS AND MISHAPS GIVE SPORT A BLACK EYE

19 November 2003

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Too many hunters shot from the road or used vehicles to chase deer on the opening weekend of the East River deer season, a Game, Fish and Parks conservation officer said.

Foggy conditions Saturday and Sunday made violations more likely because hunters thought they wouldn't be seen, said Bill Antonides, of the Aberdeen GF&P office.

"But it's an annual thing. We call it the iron pony show, where people attach their rear end to the seat of a pickup or four-wheel drive and drive until they kill the deer they want. The use of vehicles is way out of hand," he said.

Antonides said he had no estimate as to the number of citations issued during the weekend.

"But we took a lot of deer from people who did it the wrong way," he said. "I personally issued six tickets, and have several more pending. I just have to track the people down."

A big-game hunting violation can result in the loss of hunting privileges for a year and a fine of $150 to $200.

Information from: Aberdeen American News


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