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VIOLATIONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF NEW JERSEY

Source: NJ Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement report 11/21/03

Rob Winkel, Chief

Central Region

Central office received a complaint of a large antlered deer possibly taken with a firearm during the permit archery season. A resident of Millstone Township reported hearing a gun shot on a Thursday evening.

The following Sunday the resident was in his back yard and found his neighbor trying to drag a large buck out of the yard. The neighbor said he shot the deer with a bow several days earlier and had just found the deer. The deer was too large for the neighbor to drag by himself. He went home to get a saw, then returned and cut the rack off the deer. He left the carcass in the yard.

Conservation officers used a metal detector to recover a rifle bullet from the carcass. The suspect denied everything when confronted at first but finally said he killed the deer with a bow and did not want to give up the rack.

After that, the officers told him they found a bullet. Then he admitted killing the deer with a .270 rifle. Summonses were issued.

Sayerville deer check station called Central office reporting that a hunter was trying to check in a deer with a slit ear. An officer spoke with the hunter, who admitted tagging an antlerless deer that his friend had shot with a bow earlier in the day. The deer had already been checked in Hunterdon county. The deer was determined to be a road kill. Summonses were issued.

While at Assunpink on opening day of pheasant season, a hunter observed another hunter shoot/kill a deer with a shotgun. The deer was running toward the witness. The witness called central office and officers came to scene. A description of the hunter was given and a spent old style shell was at scene. They found a hunter matching description. The hunter admitted shooting the deer. He said he shot the deer because it was crippled and he did not want it to suffer. A motor vehicle look up showed the hunters driver's license was suspended. There was a warrant out for nonpayment of child support. The hunter went to jail.

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