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Poaching, firearm violations, tag issues mar hunting season

December 22, 2011

From RomeSentinel.com

State Department of Environmental Conservation police officers ticketed dozens of violators after conducting deer-taking surveillance throughout the North Country and Mohawk Valley, including 25 incidents in Oneida County and one Boonville man hunting in Lewis County.

Environmental conservation officers targeted illegal deer shooting, particularly with the use of an artificial light, commonly known as deer jacking. Typically, deer jacking occurs in remote rural areas throughout the night.

Conservation officers’ phone numbers are listed in the Hunting/Trapping guide and the Fishing guide; they can also be reached at the department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 1-877-457-5680.

Violation appearance tickets are subject to a fine up to $250 and/or up to
15 days in jail. Misdemeanor appearance tickets are subject to a $200 to $1,000 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail. Taking deer with an artificial light is subject to a fine up to $2,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail. The following items include what the person actually paid, if they appeared in town court.

On Nov. 18, Gary Mayer, 51, of Boonville, was charged in Lewis County with failing to tag deer as required, a violation, according to the state. The case is returnable in Leyden Town Court.

The following occurred in Oneida County:

*  On Sept. 16, Hieu Nguyen, 23, of Hastings was charged with taking a deer with the aid of an artificial light, taking a deer during the closed season, and possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with taking wildlife with the aid of a motor vehicle, a violation. He was issued appearance tickets and the case is pending in the Utica City Court.

*  On Oct. 3, Joshua Bowers, 25, of Ava was charged for possession of a firearm afield while hunting deer during bow season, a misdemeanor. He was issued a ticket returnable to Western Town Court.

*  On Oct. 15, John W. Carroll II, 28, of Florence was charged with operating a spotlight while in possession of a firearm, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Possession of marijuana is a violation, and the remaining charges are misdemeanors. Carroll was issued appearance tickets answerable in Vienna Town Court.

*  On Oct. 15, Patrick M. Payne, 42, of Taberg was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. He was given an appearance ticket answerable in Annsville Town Court.

*  On Oct. 22, Ronald G. Hauk, 72, of Rome, was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. He paid a fine of $202.50 in Western Town Court.

*  On Oct. 30, Eric W. Sands, 29 of Cleveland was charged with killing a wild deer except as permitted under Fish and Wildlife Law, taking a deer with the aid of artificial light, discharging a firearm from a public highway, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and possessing a firearm in a motor vehicle. All charges are misdemeanors. He was issued appearance tickets answerable in Vienna Town Court.

*  On Nov. 2, Joseph R. Hauk, 43, of Westmoreland was charged with failing to tag deer as required, and placing a salt lick for non-agricultural purposes, both violations. He was given appearance tickets answerable in Westmoreland Town Court.

*  On Nov. 2, Jerome R. Charbonneau, 52, of Forestport, was issued appearance tickets for feeding of whitetail deer and placing a salt lick on lands inhabited by whitetail deer, returnable to Forestport Town Court.

*  On Nov. 10, Michael Januchowski, 43, of Clark Mills was charged with trespass and possessing tags of another when he recovered a deer that he shot on posted property and placed the Bow/Muzzleloader tag of Patrick Crane 50, of Clark Mills on the deer. Januchowski was issued two violation appearance tickets and Crane one violation ticket for lending tags to another. The tickets are answerable in Marshall Town Court.

*  On Nov. 13, Benjamin Skinner, 27, of Oneida was charged with killing a wild deer except as permitted under Fish and Wildlife Law, and killing a doe deer without a deer management permit. Both charges are misdemeanors. He was given appearance tickets answerable in Camden Town Court.

*  On Nov. 16, Mark Boncella, 45 of Durhamville was charged with two counts of killing a wild deer except as permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Law, two counts of killing a deer with a rifle during the bow season, taking in excess of the set bag limit, and one count of falsifying a legal document.
All charges are misdemeanors. He was given appearance tickets answerable in Verona Town Court.

*  On Nov. 17, Matthew W. Kenyon, 21, of Bridgewater was charged with possessing tags of another for possessing Stephen J. Kenyon’s Bow/Muzzleloader either sex tag while hunting and failure to report harvest on a four point buck that he killed on Oct. 17, both violations. Kenyon, 60, of Bridgewater was charged for lending his tags, a violation. They were scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Town Court Monday.

*  On Nov. 17, Michael Mirarchi, 49, of New Hartford was charged with failing to report deer harvest as required, a violation. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in New Hartford Justice Court.

*  On Nov. 19, Randy B Cox, 50, of Lee Center was charged with being in possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle during a road check, a misdemeanor. Cox was to be arraigned in Sangerfield Town Court today.

*  On Nov. 20, Donald Drake, 55, of Rome, was charged with lending tags to another. Andrew Zandi, 18, also from Rome was charged with possessing tags of another, both violations returnable to Rome City Court.

*  On Nov. 20, Ryan A. Hayes, 21, of Vernon was charged with a tagging violation for possessing a six point buck without a properly filled out or affixed tag. Hays will be arraigned in Vernon Town Court on Wednesday.

*  On Nov. 20, Howard P. Mosher, 64, and Howard C. Mosher, 24, were charged with three counts of failing to properly tag deer, all violations. They were issued appearance tickets answerable in Augusta Town Court.

*  On Nov. 23, Jeremy M. Willson, 29, of Camden was charged with discharging a firearm from the public highway, taking a deer from the highway, discharging within 500 feet of a dwelling, and killing a wild deer except as permitted under Fish and Wildlife Law. All charges are misdemeanors. He was given appearance tickets answerable in Annsville Town Court.

*  On Nov. 24, Jack Purdy, 72, of Blossvale, and Brandon Purdy, 17, and Daniel Motyka, 51, both from Michigan, were charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. All three men pled guilty in Vienna Town Court and charged $250 each.

*  On Nov. 28, Harold Owens, 59, of Clayville was charged with trespassing on posted property and failing to tag deer as required, both violations. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Paris Justice Court.

*  On Dec. 3, Terrence Daily, 27, of Clayville, was charged with trespassing on posted land while hunting, a violation, and issued an appearance ticket returnable in Paris Town Court.

*  On Dec. 4, Douglas A. Woolsey, 44, of Brookfield was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. He was to be arraigned in Bridgewater Town Court Monday.

*  On Dec. 9, Daniel A. Andrews, 23, of Waterville was charged with hunting after hours, hunting without a license, and failure to consign a deer management permit, all violations. He will be arraigned on Jan. 26 in Sangerfield Town Court.

*  On Dec. 9, Daniel Andrews, 23, of Waterville, was charged with possessing a deer management permit of another and not having the document number listed on his license, a violation. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Sangerfield Justice Court.

*  On Dec. 10, Paul J. Brown, 30, of Vernon was charged with failing to consign a deer management permit, and possessing a regular season tag of another, both violations. He was given appearance tickets returnable in Vernon Town Court.

Those wishing to report information regarding illegal hunting activities can contact the DEC Turn in Poachers & Polluters line at 1-800-847-7332.

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