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16-year-old hunter charged with illegally killing trophy buck

October 29, 2011

From TheRepublic.com

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. A 16-year-old Bridgeport boy has been charged with illegally killing a trophy buck deer and could be fined $1,000 if convicted.

The Division of Natural Resources says a taxidermist reported the boy after he brought in a 10-point buck and claimed it had been shot with a bow and arrow.

Officers recovered a bullet and determined the deer was shot before rifle season.

When confronted with the bullet, the DNR says the teenager admitted he shot the deer with a rifle from a tree stand on Youth Hunting Day Oct. 29.

Only antlerless deer can be killed on Youth Hunting Days.

The teen was cited for killing deer during closed season, illegal possession of wildlife and improper checking of game. The case is in Harrison County Magistrate Court.

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