NJ: Two men face charges of illegally hunting deer on Rutgers campus, taking meat to Rahway deli
Two men face charges of illegally hunting deer on Rutgers campus, taking
meat to Rahway deli
March 11, 2011,
RAHWAY — They sat in a van bearing the name of a Rahway deli as they
hunted for deer roaming a remote section of the Rutgers University campus in
Subsequently, the two men took the deer parts to the deli, said state
The men, Gerard Kirk, 25, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, and Peter
Ward, 45, of Rahway, face charges of illegally hunting the deer and
improperly handling parts they brought to the Big Belly Delly in Rahway.
Both men have been charged with hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle,
failing to have proper hunting permits, and having an uncased firearm in a
motor vehicle, said Mark Chicketano, acting chief of enforcement for the
state Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Kirk and Ward are also charged with improperly marking deer parts, and
Kirk is charged with improperly tagging 10 antlers, Chicketano said.
Rutgers police also charged the men with having a firearm on university
property, and charged Kirk with driving while intoxicated, officials said.
The Fish and Wildlife charges are summonses that can be heard in municipal
Chicketano said the state began an investigation Jan. 25, after Rutgers
police received reports of gunshots on the Livingston campus. Police
received information the shots were coming from a white van.
Police and state investigators arrested Kirk and Ward in a deli van on
The driver was "driving slow, in a manner consistent with deer poaching,"
Investigators also spent about six days on surveillance outside the deli
and saw deer parts being brought into the business, Chicketano said.
Undercover state investigators went into the deli and purchased chili and
raw ground meat. Investigators also got a search warrant for the business
and confiscated 300 pounds of venison, Chicketano said.
However, authorities have not determined if the deer meat that Kirk and
Ward allegedly brought into the store was sold to customers.
"The case is still under investigation," said Larry Ragonese, spokesman
for the state Department of Environmental Protection, which includes Fish
A woman at Kirk’s home said late today he was not there. A message left
at the deli late today was not returned. Attempts to contact Ward were
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