MN: hunter charged with poaching
November 12, 2009
Minn. hunter charged with poaching trophy buck
Troy Alan Reinke drew back his bow on Halloween evening, targeting a
whitetail buck with 8-point antlers larger than any recorded in history.
Reinke's broadhead flew true, and soon he and two friends were dragging
the huge whitetail out of the Goodhue County woods.
But there was a problem. Legally, Reinke could kill and register only one
deer, and on previous days he had already killed a doe and smaller buck,
neither of which he had registered.
The would-be world-record buck Reinke killed on Halloween was poached, as
were the other deer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources, which on Thursday announced a 13-count case against the
32-year-old Cannon Falls man.
The antlers the DNR trotted out at Thursday's news conference were so big
that they appeared at first glance to be those of an elk.
"Millions of deer are harvested nationally each year,'' said DNR big-game
coordinator Lou Cornicelli. "The probability of harvesting one [with a rack]
this big is just infinitesimal. It doesn't exist.''
If convicted, Reinke would be required to pay $2,000 in restitution for
the three illegally killed deer, in addition to losing his big-game hunting
privileges in Minnesota for three years. Jail time is possible, DNR
conservation officer Maj. Rod Smith said.
"We take this very seriously,'' Smith said.
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