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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