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Two arrested for illegal deer hunting in Nevada

Today: October 12, 2005 at 17:28:27 PDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two California hunters have been arrested on suspicion of deliberately hunting in the wrong area in Nevada and illegally killing a buck deer, officials said Wednesday.

Jon Warren, 69, of Redding, and Alan Jeffers, 53, of Anderson, were arrested Monday at their camp in remote Nye County near the Lincoln County line, said Rob Buonamici, chief law enforcement officer for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

"We caught them basically right after they shot it and got it back to camp," Buonamici said.

The deer had four-point antlers that measured about 30 inches wide, officers said.

Warren and Jeffers were booked in Nye County on suspicion of illegal possession of a big game animal. Formal charges are pending a review by the district attorney's office and additional counts are possible, authorities said.

Harvesting a big game animal without a legal license ranges from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, with possible penalties of up to one to four years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

Public records show Warren and Jeffers successfully obtained nonresident buck tags for an area encompassing parts of Churchill, Pershing and Lander counties in northern Nevada.

Officials said they were hunting about 150 miles to the southeast.

Game tags in Nevada are specific to certain areas, and hunters must designate the location when they apply for the annual draw.

Investigators said evidence suggests the hunters applied for tags in an area where they had better odds of drawing a permit in the annual lottery, but intended to hunt in the other one that has a reputation for big deer.

"Our investigation indicates this has gone on for a while," Buonamici said. "This isn't the first time."

He declined to discuss further details.

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