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WV: Barbour County Men Face Drug and Illegal Hunting Charges

Barbour County Men Face Drug and Illegal Hunting Charges

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The two men were allegedly illegally hunting turkey while smoking marijuana.

PHILIPPI -- Two Barbour County men are facing drug and illegal hunting charges after being arrested by Division of Natural Resources Conservation officers, this week. Officers found Charles M Hutzler, age 49, and Gregory Skidmore, age 35, both of Junior, hunting turkey's using bait, near Junior.

When the officers approached the men, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana.

While talking to the officers, Hutzler admitted to shooting two turkeys before the season started.

The officers then searched Hutzler's house and found beards from the turkeys and the talons, skull and cape from an illegally killed hawk.

The officers also found drug paraphernalia and 18 potted marijuana plants in Hutzler's home.

Hutzler was charged with felony cultivation and manufacture of a controlled substance, two counts of illegal killing of a turkey, one count of hunting turkey over bait, and one count of illegal possession of a hawk.

He was arraigned and sent to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.

Skidmore pleaded guilty to hunting turkey over bait and possession of marijuana.

He was placed on six months probation, fined $100 and assessed more than $300 in court costs.

Conservation officers impounded a hunterís blind, chairs, decoy turkeys, video equipment and two shotguns.

The state police and the Barbour County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation .

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