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robby denning

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MEN FROM NORWOOD AND TEXAS FINED MORE THAN $5,500 IN WESTERN COLORADO POACHING SPREE


MONTROSE, Colo. – Three men in the Norwood area who admitted to being involved with poaching two mule deer bucks have paid hefty fines and may lose their hunting privileges for many years.

The wildlife crimes were detected thanks to a local resident who noticed the three men behaving suspiciously and reported the activity to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers. The poaching occurred in a remote area of western San Miguel County south of Dry Creek Basin.

"The informant just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose. "We wouldn't have known about this if he hadn't called. This shows how vital a role the public plays in protecting Colorado's wildlife resources."

On Dec. 6, 2012, a wildlife officer received a call from the informant who said he was suspicious of what three men were doing near a road in the area known as Pony Draw. After seeing the informant's vehicle approaching, the men moved quickly from a stand of trees just off the road, got into their vehicle and drove off quickly. The informant recognized one of the men, got a description of the vehicle and returned to the location a short while later. He walked to the spot in the trees and discovered a freshly killed buck.

He then called Colorado Parks and Wildlife and two officers met him at the scene and inspected the dead animal. One of the officers drove to Norwood and located the vehicle that the informant had described. In the meantime, the other wildlife officer and the informant found another buck that had been killed nearby.

In Norwood, the officer made contact with all of the men by late afternoon and conducted interviews. The men confessed to shooting the deer.

Nathan E. Wilson, 30, of Norwood, and Weldon. R. Kavecki, 65, of Throckmorton, Tex., were both charged with hunting out of season, unlawful take of wildlife and waste of game meat. In January both men paid fines of $2,317.50. They were also assessed with 45 penalty points against their hunting and fishing privileges. Timothy Taylor, 69, of Euless, Tex., who accompanied the other two men, was charged with being complicit in unlawful take. He paid a fine of $947.50 and was assessed with 15 penalty points.

Wilson and Kavecki will be required to undergo a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission administrative hearing process to determine the length of time that their hunting and fishing privileges will be suspended. They could lose their privileges for up to five years or possibly life. Any suspension of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado is also honored in 36 other states through the Wildlife Violator Compact.

"These deer were in the middle of the rutting period and were very vulnerable to poachers. There was no deer season going on at the time and these animals were shot from the road," DelPiccolo said. "Colorado’s wildlife is precious to us all. We cannot over-emphasize the importance and value of citizens reporting wildlife crimes, and how much we appreciate that they do."

If you see suspicious activity in remote areas and you suspect a wildlife crime, note the location and, if possible, get a description of people and vehicles. Do not, however, approach anyone in this situation. Call local law enforcement or Colorado Parks and Wildlife as soon as possible. You can also call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Reports can be made anonymously. Rewards are possible for informants whose reports result in a conviction or issuance of a ticket
 

weaver

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Nice! I wonder how big those bucks were. Here in OH the fine is relative to how big the poached deers antlers are. A couple years back a guy had to pay over $23,000 plus court costs for a 200" buck.
 

Craig4791

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Nice to see Colorado cares!

I have reported poachers here in Ca and even provided F&G wardens with game camera videos of illegal activity and nothing ever happened. Hard to even get a call back here.
 

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MT is pretty hard on poachers. Big time fines, jail time, and lifetime hunting suspensions are handed out fairly regularly.
 

Matt Cashell

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Well, there is one exception : You don't hear of a lot of tough penalties for wolf poaching in MT.
 

WyoBowhunter21

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I have def helped in a few cases. My family has always got calls back when we call WGAF. I pride the animals I see in or out of season. I will always report an illegally taken animal, especially one with horns. Good work for that informant.
 
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