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VT: A collection of recent hunting violations

Vernon men may face fed charges

Brattleboro Reformer
By BOB AUDETTE, Reformer Staff
Monday, December 22

BRATTLEBORO -- A father and son from Vernon are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives for possession of firearms after the men were arrested by a game warden for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife for illegally shooting and butchering a doe.

Rodney Moore, 43, and Donald Moore, Sr., 76, both of Vernon, were cited for taking deer by illegal means, taking deer in closed seasons and possession of a deer in closed season.

Rodney Moore could be fined $1,500 and be ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution if convicted of the offenses. He could also lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.

Donald Moore was cited for possession of deer taken in closed season. If convicted, he could be fined $500 and also lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.

The two men shot the doe from Rodney Moore's porch using a light, said Kelly Price, the game warden for the Brattleboro District.

The state charges are the least of the worries for the Moores. Both of the men are convicted felons, prohibited from possessing firearms.

During a search of Donald Moore's home, police turned up five rifles and one handgun.

Price said police also learned that Donald Moore had illegally sold a pistol and shotgun to an as of yet unnamed person.

Both men face "serious federal jail time" if convicted, said Price.

Game wardens were especially busy this year, he said. "I don't know if I have an explanation," said Price.

It could be that more hunters were breaking the law this year, he said, or just because game wardens caught more violators than in previous years.

"Some on the (arrest) list were repeat offenders," said Price. "Some things will never change." Many of the offenders will get some sort of community service if convicted of their offenses, he said.

But, he added, "If you're a repeat offender you're going to get the whole fine," because Deputy State's Attorney Steven Brown is "taking the cases very seriously."

Repeat offenders could find themselves spending time in jail, said Price, and could have their firearms confiscated.

Price said "the blatant disregard for the fish and game laws" is the most frustrating part of his job as a game warden, but the most rewarding part of the job is the interaction he has with those who are following all the rules.

"The vast majority of hunters are hunting legally and abiding by the law," he said.

In other cases:

* Norman Amidon, 32, Putney, and Edward Baxter, 33, Brattleboro, were arrested for several offenses after they shot an illegal deer from Baxter's motor vehicle while in Dummerston on Nov. 15.

The men were arrested on Route 5 for fleeing the scene with their kill. Baxter was also found to be in possession of marijuana. Amidon was cited for taking possessing and transporting of deer taken in closed season, hunting while under revocation and shooting deer from a motor vehicle.

Amidon could face $2,435 in fines and $1,000 in restitution and could lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years. Baxter was cited for possession and transportation of deer taken in closed season and shooting a deer from a motor vehicle.

He could be fined $1,824 and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution and lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years. The marijuana possession charge is being handled by the Vermont State Police.

* Christopher Brough, 38, Rockingham, was arrested and cited for taking deer by illegal means and taking deer in a closed season for shooting a doe from his front porch using a light and rifle. He could be fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the state.

* Charles Duke, 20, Grafton, was arrested and fined $324 for having a loaded muzzle loader in a motor vehicle while on a public highway on Nov. 28. In addition to the fine, Brough also lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for one year.

* Russell Brown, 35, Athens, was arrested and cited for shooting a deer from his vehicle window while in a roadway on Dec. 12. He was fined $324 and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for one year.

* Mark Carignan, 34, Brattleboro, was arrested and cited for taking a spikehorn buck in closed season on Nov. 15.

Carignan turned the buck in at the Guilford Country Store and admitted to taking the deer by mistake. Because Carignan took responsibility for the for shooting the deer, said Price, he will most likely be entered into a diversion program.

* Brandon Dix, 27, Readsboro, and Marshall Dix, 28, Whitingham, were arrested Nov. 23 for shooting at a decoy deer three times from a window of a pickup truck in Marlboro.

Marshall Dix, who was driving the vehicle, fled from a game warden but was pulled over a short while later. He was cited for aiding in the shooting from a motor vehicle and failure to stop/attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

He was fined $934 and could lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years if convicted on all counts.

Brandon Dix was charged with shooting from a motor vehicle on a public road and fined $324. He will lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for one year.

* Gary Gagne, 38, Brattleboro, was arrested and cited for shooting a deer from the window of his vehicle in Guilford on Oct. 20. He was also charged with making a false statement on his license application. Gagne was fined $475 and will lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years.

* Francis Grover, 50, Florence, Mass., was arrested and cited on Nov. 15 for attempting to take deer by illegal means, hunting deer using bait, failure to label tree stand with name and address, not having landowner permission, operation of an unregistered ATV and operation of an ATV on private property without landowner permission.

Grover could be fined $1,511 and may also face federal charges for illegal firearm possession.

* Delmar A. Hopkins, Sr., 52, Winchester, N.H., was arrested and cited for failure to tag a big game animal on Dec. 6. He was fined $151 and will lose his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for one year if convicted.

* Robert LeCours, Jr., 25, Townshend was arrested for shooting a spikehorn buck in Brattleboro on Nov. 29. Because LeCours was cooperative and took full responsibility for the accidental shooting he will most likely be entered into a diversion program.

* John Simons, 36, Chester, was arrested in Bellows Falls on Dec. 11 for having his wife check in a deer he had shot legally earlier that day.

Simons was cited for failure to tag a big game animal. He could be fined $151 and lose his hunting, fishing and trapping license for one year.

* John Tierney, 76, Westfield, Mass., was arrested and cited for using bait at his hunting camp in Newfane on Nov. 17. Tierney faces a $500 fine and three year loss of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.

* A 16-year-old was arrested on Aug. 5, for shooting a bear in his yard on May 28 "just because it was there" according to a statement made by the juvenile in a taped interview.

The juvenile was charged with shooting a bear in closed season and possession and transportation of bear in closed season. He faces $1,500 in fines and $1,000 restitution for the illegal killing.

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