SC: South Carolina hunter says he used poisoned arrows for years
September 11, 2013
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — One of four South Carolina men who used
poison arrows to hunt and paralyze deer, elk and bears admitted
using the banned equipment in Colorado for at least 20 years before
he pleaded guilty Tuesday to a variety of wildlife charges,
including illegal taking of wildlife and illegal use of toxins in
George Plummer of Timmonsville, S.C., told
authorities after his arrest Saturday that he’d been returning to
the same leased cabin, just east of Collbran, and using the arrows
since the late-1980s, according to Michael Blanck, District Wildlife
Animals were targeted with arrows poisoned with a
powerful muscle relaxant that caused paralysis, while shutting down
an animal’s respiratory system within seconds of a strike,
Plummer and the others — Joseph Nevling,
also of Timmonsville, Michael Courtney of Florence, S.C., and James
Cole of Sumter, S.C. — all were ordered to pay several thousands of
dollars in fines and court costs. The men also agreed not to hunt in
Colorado over the next four years.
“It’s hard to say how
many animals they’ve taken illegally,” state wildlife investigator
Rich Antonio told Judge Arthur Smith on Tuesday.
A few of
the men expressed regret, but one offered a defense of the practice,
the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday.
in South Carolina, everybody hunts with (poison arrows),” Cole said.
He described the equipment as an “insurance policy” that works
for catching any game after a license is purchased.
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