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Five charged in illegal deer hunting deaths

December 20, 2011

By David Pierce, InsideNova.com

A total of five men face illegal hunting charges in Fauquier County Tuesday after officials said they killed deer while using spotlights.

A resident who lives in the 5700 block of Blantyre Road, Broad Run, called deputies after he heard a gunshot and saw headlights driving away at 3:20 a.m., Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Hartman said.

Officials soon afterward pulled over a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck in the area of Blantyre Road and Trapp Branch Road, Broad Run, driven by Timothy Alan Bland, and occupied by David Lynn Menefee.

The duo reportedly had a dead deer in their truck bed, as well as a handgun, a rifle and spotlights in the truck itself, Hartman said.

Fauquier authorities determined the men apparently used the spotlights to find deer, and then killed them, which is against Virginia code.

Deputies then found Matthew Aaron Bland, Justin William Menefee and Kevin Lee Sloan on foot near Blantyre Road reportedly dressed in camouflage.

Another dead deer, according to Hartman, was found on private property in the area.

Timothy Alan Bland, 44, of Old Auburn Road, Warrenton area, was charged with hunting with a spotlight, killing a deer using a spotlight, and carrying a concealed weapon, Hartman said.

Matthew Aaron Bland, 20, of Old Auburn Road, Warrenton area, was charged with hunting with a spotlight, killing a dear using a spotlight, trespassing, and hunting without a license, Hartman said.

David Lynn Menefee, 44, of Oventop Mountain Lane, Sperryville, was charged with hunting with a spotlight, killing deer using a spotlight, and carrying a concealed weapon, Hartman said.

Justin William Menefee, 18, of Oventop Mountain Lane, Sperryville, was charged with hunting with a spotlight, killing deer using a spotlight, and trespassing, Hartman said.

Kevin Lee Sloan, 22, of Chestnut Court, Warrenton area, was charged with hunting with a spotlight, killing deer using a spotlight, trespassing, and hunting without a license, Hartman said.

The men have a court date of March 29.

Deputies are still determining the possible relation between the Blands and Menefees.

Staff writer David Pierce can be reached at 703-530-3905.

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