CA: Three accept plea bargains in illegal hunting case
January 29, 2010
Three accept plea bargains in illegal hunting case
Three men cited last spring for shooting 16 doves, a wood duck and two
pregnant deer in Tehama County have accepted plea bargains convicting them
on poaching charges.
Christopher Raabe, 26, and Joshwell Gibson, 27, both of Chico, and
Douglas Smith, 28, of Sacramento were arrested on May 23 after the
Department of Fish and Game conducted a night flight looking for illegal
hunting in Tehama and Shasta counties.
While flying over a ranch in Vina, warden pilot Jeff Veal saw lights from
vehicles that appeared to indicate an illegal night hunt.
Wardens on the ground investigated and found the three defendants with
the illegally killed animals in the back of their truck.
Deer, dove and duck seasons didn't open for several months.
Wardens said after the bust that one doe was close to giving birth to
twins. The other was carrying a single fetus.
It is illegal to hunt female deer except in very restricted situations in
California, and regulations never authorize shooting female animals that are
pregnant or nursing young.
Raabe pleaded no contest last week to two counts of unlawful possession
of deer, one count of unlawful possession of dove and one count of unlawful
possession of waterfowl, wardens said.
He was ordered to pay $4,195 in fines and to forfeit the firearms he used
in the crime.
He also was placed on probation for three years and ordered not to hunt
during that time.
Gibson pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawfully taking deer. He was
sentenced to pay $2,675 in fines and also was ordered to forfeit his
On Aug. 18, Smith pleaded guilty to the unlawful taking of dove out of
He was sentenced to pay $785 in fines.
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