from C.A.S.H. Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting

NY: Poaching never pays, even if you’re a game warden

July 16, 2017


A Virginia man who hunted illegally was recently sentenced to 7 years in prison. Nelson Drummond was convicted of poaching four elk, three deer, a black bear and a bobcat. It seems that videos and pictures were found by officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries which reportedly showed Drummond with a number of the poached animals. One of those videos showed Drummond shooting a deer, taking the dead animal to Conaway Bridge and laughing as he tossed the animal over the side of the bridge and onto the road below.

In addition to the jail time, Drummond was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution. And his hunting privileges were suspended for five years.

Next, a man who illegally shot a mule deer in Big Piney, Wyoming was dumb enough to display the mount at a wildlife expo in Salt Lake City. The poacher, Nathan Strong, received 10 days in jail and over $19,000 in restitution and fines for his crime against man and wildlife.

Then there was a North Carolina man, Nick Davis, who claimed to have shot a buck with an arrow that utterly shattered North Carolina’s non-typical whitetail buck record by almost 30 inches. But many observers that stated something just did not look right with the photos. As it turns out this yahoo had actually bought a set of shed antlers from a Pennsylvania deer farm. He then poached a young buck with a rifle and attached the antlers to that deer. However, when investigators questioned him on his story he finally admitted to the hoax. He was slapped with substantial fines and restitution, along with the loss of all hunting privileges for two years.

A while back five men and a woman, all from Indiana, went fishing on Upper Cormorant Lake located in Becker County, Minnesota. And yes, they had a lot of “good” luck. And better yet, they took lots of photos, sending them out to all their friends and relatives over social media.

But the state wardens paid them a visit, complete with a warrant. They found almost 700 sunfish and crappies, neatly packaged and stored in freezers.
They had to pay five dollars restitution for each fish they caught over the limit.

Two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and two friends pleaded guilty to poaching-related charges in the killing of a trophy-class bull elk in western Colorado. Thad Bingham, 44, and Brian Scheer, 45, also pleaded guilty to trespassing on private land that was closed to hunting at the time of the incident. Bingham also pleaded guilty to illegal wildlife possession after admitting that he had shot the animal with a bow and arrow.

Bingham had posted a photo of himself with the elk online, and state officers could tell from the image that the area was off-limits to hunting.

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