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VT: Nine charged in Moretown hunting violations

Nine charged in Moretown hunting violations
October 7, 2009

WATERBURY -- State game wardens conducted a raid of 11 deer stands in Moretown on Sunday evening. Eight men and one juvenile were charged with various civil and criminal violations, including baiting deer, attempting to take deer by illegal means and placing unlawful tree stands

Investigation led wardens to the area where deer stands were found near a camp on Ward Brook Road in Moretown. The stands were baited with deer attractants including salt, grain, acorn product and apples. It is illegal to bait deer in Vermont.

Steven Demingware, 51, of Montpelier; Aaron Demingware, 32, of Milton; Daniel Demingware, 50, of Lunenburg, Mass.; and David Rice, 45, of Fairfax were charged with baiting deer with apples. Vern Poland Sr., 43, of Montpelier, and David Demingware, 49, of Waterbury Center, were charged with attempting to take deer by illegal means (use of salt). Two other men also face charges in the case.

One juvenile was ticketed for placing an unlawful tree stand and for hunting over salt and bait.

Illegal means and baiting deer charges can result in forfeiture of all equipment used in a violation and fines of up to $500 and jail time up to 60 days.

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