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DEC tickets hunters for deer poaching

December 19, 2011

From TheDailyNewsOnline.com

Several local residents are among dozens in the Finger Lakes region recently ticketed for deer poaching, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

Environmental conservation officers worked to target illegal deer hunting in the recent weeks. A primary focus was aimed at those shooting at night with the use of an artificial light, a practice commonly known as deer jacking.
Typically, deer jacking occurs in remote rural areas, throughout the night, the DEC reported.

"The vast majority of hunters pursue and take game legally," said DEC Law Enforcement Major Steve Gerould. "We work closely with the sporting community to educate individuals on safe and legal hunting practices to try and stop them from illegally taking game to the detriment of wildlife populations and the legal efforts of honest hunters."

In Orleans County, the following were charged:

-- Christopher Albone, 27, of Medina was charged Nov. 8 with possession of an unsecured firearm (bow) in a motor vehicle while spotlighting, a violation. He was issued a summons returnable to Barre Town Court and faces a fine up to $275 and up to 15 days in jail.

-- William Grathouse III, 38, of Clarendon was charged Nov. 15 with hunting wild deer with a crossbow during the early archery season. He was issued a an appearance ticket returnable to Clarendon Town Court and faces a fine up to $1000 and up to 90 days in jail.

-- Bruce Prentice, 46, of Batavia was charged on Nov. 20 with possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Shelby Town Court and faces a fine up to $1000 and up to 90 days in jail.

-- In Livingston County, the DEC on Nov. 21 charged David J. Olin, 47, of Perry with possessing deer slugs afield while not in possession of a big game license, and with failure to carry carcass tags while hunting. He was issued appearance tickets answerable in the Town of Conesus and faces fines of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail.

-- Vernon Finch, 42, of Pavilion on Nov. 24 was charged with shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling without permission, a misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket for York Town Court and faces up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to 90 days in jail.

-- Mark Elliott, 23, of Le Roy on Nov. 27 was charged with taking over the limit of antlered deer, a misdemeanor, taking over the limit of antlerless deer (two counts), a misdemeanor, possession of another's DMP tag un-consigned (three counts), possession of another's antlered deer carcass tag, and failure to report deer harvest within seven days, all violations.
He was issued appearance tickets returnable to Avon Town Court and faces up to $7,250 in fines and/or up to a year in jail.

-- In Monroe County, Jacob Johnson, 24, of Pembroke was charged on Nov. 1 with trespass on posted property, failure to display back tag while hunting big game and failure to present hunting license on demand to landowner, all violations. He is to appear in Town of Wheatland court and faces fines of up to $750 and up to 15 days in jail.

-- In Seneca County, Derek K. Sheldon of Bergen, on Nov. 20 was charged with possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Sheldon was issued a summons to appear in Seneca Falls Town Court and faces a fine of $1,000.00 plus up to one year in jail.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The DEC did not report charges for hunters in Genesee and Wyoming counties.)

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