AZ: Hunter loses hunting privileges for life
November 19, 2009
Why a Willcox man lost his hunting privileges for life
By Derek Jordan Herald/Review SIERRA VISTA — A Willcox man has had his
Arizona hunting license revoked for life and was fined thousands of dollars
after a monthslong investigation by the Arizona Game and Fish Department
revealed he had been killing wildlife illegally and on private property.
Jared A. Youngs, 22, was fined $6,000 by the department, which in October
also revoked his ability to ever legally hunt or fish in the state again.
Another man, Josh L. Ferrigna, 24, also of Willcox, identified by the
department as Youngs’ “accomplice,” was fined $1,500 and had his hunting
license revoked for 15 years.
A six-month investigation into the two men began in March 2008 after
officials discovered the carcass of a decapitated mule deer, said Mark Hart,
public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
“Based on the state of the remains found, there had been no attempt to
use the animals as game meat,” Hart said. “They were simply looking for
According to Hart, the investigation and interviews with Youngs and
Ferrigna revealed the two men would travel to private property at night and
shine powerful headlights at the deer to immobilize them before killing
“That’s an easy way to kill a deer. It’s not sporting. It’s certainly not
hunting,” he said.
Investigators obtained search warrants and were able to uncover evidence
at two Willcox residences, including antlers, linking the men to the acts,
According to Hart, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission was only recently
given the authority to revoke a hunting license for life, which it reserves
the punishment for only the worst offenses.
“This was a case in the extreme and merited the most severe penalty,” he
Authorities said the men killed five mule deer in this manner, four bucks
and one doe.
In a Wednesday news release, Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Manager John
Bacorn shed some light as to the motive of the two men.
“During interviews, these individuals were asked why they had engaged in
this type of activity, and their responses were they just got caught up in
the excitement and the adrenaline rush,” Bacorn said.
The men received a total of 22 citations and were fined more than $12,000
by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, according to state authorities.
The charges they are faced with include knowingly taking wildlife during
a closed season, possessing unlawfully taken wildlife, taking wildlife
without a license, taking wildlife with artificial light, taking wildlife
with the aid of a vehicle, waste of game meat and trespassing on private
property while taking wildlife.
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