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NM - Man pleads guilty to illegal hunting in Guadalupe Mountains

By Dawn Bowen
Carlsbad Current-ArgusArticle  - 01/22/2007

CARLSBAD One of two Sapello men accused of illegally killing a doe in October in the Guadalupe Mountains has pleaded guilty to two charges.
Daniel Spurlin, 33, of Sapello, pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court on Thursday to unlawful killing of a doe deer and unlawful possession of a doe deer. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay $114 in court fees.

A representative of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department has said Spurlin could have his hunting and fishing privileges revoked for up to three years.

A second man, Anthony Salazar, 29, of Sapello, has pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a doe deer. A court hearing is set in February in that case.

The two men were issued citations after District Wildlife Supervisor Bryan Nygren found the carcass of a doe wrapped in a tarp and hidden near the men's campsite in the Guadalupe Mountains near Queen in October.

According to court documents, the men had a high-powered rifle and a scoped muzzleloader with an in-line ignition in their vehicle when Nygren stopped them on Oct. 21 along Forest Road 527 near State Road 137 at Red Lake.

The men were allegedly hunting in the area during a restricted muzzleloader deer hunt. According to the current big game proclamation, no scopes, in-line ignitions or rifles are permitted during the primitive muzzleloader hunt.

Nygren spoke with the men, and then followed them to their campsite. He found the deer carcass about 75 yards away, hidden in some brush and wrapped with a tarp that was secured with two belts. Nygren examined the carcass and found a large hole where the neck met the shoulder that was consistent with a wound caused by a high-powered rifle, a criminal complaint states.

The two men were issued citations and summoned to court. Both men were released on their own recognizance.

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