The region's environmental conservation officers made a local poaching arrest last month thanks to a tip from a person who witnessed a man hunting at night from a house window over a bait pile.
That is illegal on at least two, if not three counts: Shooting near a building (depending whether he owned it), hunting at night and using bait.
The DEC did not release the hunter's name, which is unfortunate. Below is the agency's account of the case.
-- Don Lehman
ECO George LaPoint recently received a complaint of a man hunting with a rifle out of the second story window of his home over bait at night. On Oct. 23, ECO LaPoint was contacted by the same complainant, who notified him that the suspect had just shot a deer and dragged it into his garage. ECOs LaPoint and Alan Brassard immediately responded to the suspect’s home and, as they pulled into the driveway, noticed a pile of corn and a salt lick. A small amount of blood was evident near the bait and a four-point buck was hanging in the garage. After being interviewed and faced with overwhelming evidence, the suspect admitted to shooting the deer. His rifle and the deer were taken into evidence and the man was charged with taking deer with the aid of artificial light, hunting after hours, taking deer over bait, and feeding deer within 300 feet of the road. Additional charges are under investigation and the suspect is due back in the Horicon Town Court on Nov. 22.