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MD: Pair charged with illegal deer hunting

December 7, 2009

Pair charged with illegal deer hunting Men allegedly used spotlight just before season opened

Maryland Natural Resources Police charged two men last month with using a spotlight to hunt deer in Hanover.

Police charged Thomas Ethan Allen, 40, of Hanover and Timothy Sean Harmon, 30, of Halethorpe with poaching on Nov. 22. Police responded to a complaint of illegal hunting on Ridge Ridge at 9:20 p.m. The officers located Allen and Harmon in the woods inside an all-terrain vehicle with a freshly killed eight-point, whitetail buck.

An investigation revealed that Allen and Harmon apparently used a spotlight and a 12-gauge shotgun to shoot the deer.

Both men were charged with casting the rays of artificial light with an implement capable of killing a deer in possession, possession of deer during closed season, hunting deer on Sunday, and hunting-pursuing wildlife with an off-road vehicle. The shotgun, spotlight, a flashlight, a knife and the deer were confiscated. The charges came just days before the Nov. 28 opening of the firearms season for deer. From now until Dec. 12, and again on two days in January, hunters will be out en masse trying to bag their 12-deer limit: 10 antler-less and two antlered whitetails.

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