Posted on Mon, Dec. 08, 2003
WOODBINE, N.J. - Four Cape May County men have been
charged with poaching deer near Belleplain State Forest just days
before the state's deer-hunting season.
Nathan Guest of Dennis Township, James Kern of Lower
Township, and Robert Phelon Jr. and Steven Mills, both of Middle
Township, were charged with taking deer out of season, hunting with the aid of a
car, hunting with an illegal weapon, and hunting after hours, authorities
The men were found allegedly scouting deer last week by a
conservation officer who was investigating reports of poaching in
northern Cape May County.
Such scouting is legal if hunters are unarmed.
Conservation officer Doug Ely said two .22-caliber rifles had been found in the
Poachers like to use the small-caliber rifle because it
makes less noise when fired, Ely said.
New Jersey's shotgun deer season begins today.
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