AZ: Game & Fish busts poaching family
Game & Fish busts poaching family
January 26, 2011
Hunting is a privilege, not a right, in Arizona. Those who defy the laws
are apt to have their hunting privileges taken away.
Robert Allen Dozier, 36, of San Simon was recently fined $17,500 by the
Arizona Game & Fish Commission for multiple poaching violations. His
hunting, fishing and trapping privileges have also been revoked for 20
years. San Simon is about 60 miles southeast of Safford and is in Cochise
County. The area is within miles of Graham and Greenlee counties and New
The charges stem from a two-year investigation of Dozier by the Arizona
Game & Fish Department. As a result of the investigation, Dozier was found
guilty in the Greenlee Justice Court for unlawfully taking a mule deer doe
during a closed season and littering while hunting in Greenlee County,
according to a press release from the AGFD. Deer are the most numerous,
widespread and popular big-game hunt animals in Arizona. The two distinct
species are the mule deer and the white-tailed deer.
According to the AGFD, the mule deer is the larger of Arizona's deer,
with some adult bucks weighing in excess of 200 pounds and standing 42
inches at the shoulder. Does average 125 pounds.
AGFD Public Information Officer Mark A. Hart praised the efforts of
Gilbert Gonzales, AGFD Wildlife Manager for Unit 29 in Willcox, in his
investigation of the case.
"He did a great job," Hart said. "It was an important case."
Dozier was also found guilty in the Cochise County Justice Court for
unlawfully taking a mule deer buck during a closed season, possession of an
unlawfully taken mule deer buck and possession of an unlawfully taken
white-tailed buck. The bucks were illegally taken in Cochise County south of
Previously, Dozier's father, Steve Dozier, 64, of San Simon was found
guilty in the Greenlee Justice Court for allowing Robert to use his archery
antlerless elk tag.
Robert's sister, Donna Wagner, 42, of Vail was found guilty in the
Greenlee Justice Court for unlawfully taking a mule deer during a closed
season during the 2009 antlerless archery elk hunt. Steve and Donna's
hunting licenses were revoked for five years by the Arizona Game & Fish
Commission, and the family was fined more than $2,632 in Greenlee and
Cochise counties for their wildlife violations.
"The commission's action to revoke the Doziers' and Wagner's license
privileges has far-reaching implications," AGFD Tucson Regional Supervisor
Raul Vega said. "Arizona is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator
Compact with 32 other states and seven Canadian provinces. Until their
license privileges are restored in Arizona, they will not be able to legally
hunt in any of those states or provinces."
The AGFD urges anyone with information pertaining to the unlawful taking
of wildlife or other wildlife violations to report it to the department's
Operation Game Thief toll-free hotline at 1-800-352-0700. Calls can remain
confidential, and callers may be eligible for cash awards, according to the
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