Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS

Dozens snared in hunting crackdown

November 30, 3011

By Brian Nearing, TimesUnion.com

More than 70 people are charged with various hunting law violations

ALBANY _ More than 70 people have been charged with violating hunting laws this deer season, from using bright lights to "jack" deer at night to shooting near homes and across roads, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The crackdown is part of coordinated efforts to stem illegal poaching in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, DEC spokesman Rick Georgeson said on Tuesday. "We have been working with other states for the last couple of years because some hunters go into more than one state."

Arrests in October and November were spread across 13 counties in the Capital Region, Adirondacks, Champlain Valley and Mohawk Valley, according to DEC. There were 13 arrests in Albany County, 11 arrests in Rensselaer County, five arrests in Saratoga County and one in Schenectady County.

Charges included using lights to illegally "jack" deer, shooting from a vehicle, shooting across a road, hunting near a residence, trespassing, using bait or salt licks to illegally draw deer or bear, hunting without a license, hunting with firearms during bow season, and having loaded weapons inside a vehicle.

In one instance, a 28-year-old man was charged with shooting from the road in Oppenheim, Fulton County, after he fired at a deer decoy set up near the road by DEC officers. James J. George was charged with firing a weapon across a road and having a loaded weapon in a vehicle.

"The vast majority of hunters pursue and take game legally," said DEC Law Enforcement Major Tim Duffy. "We work closely with the sporting community to stop individuals from illegally taking game to the detriment of wildlife populations and the legal efforts of honest hunters."

Anyone with information about game poaching can call the DEC tip line at 1-800-847-TIPP (7332).

A complete list of those arrested for hunting violations can be found online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/78740.html

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