This guy got caught because he was in the restaurant showing photos and bragging about the deer. Lots of people saw the deer and the photos and finally someone turned him in.
I predict that he might plead not guilty and claim that the deer was not killed in New Mexico., which is something they would have to prove. I think it was killed in Texas, because this deer was killed somewhere behind my father’s house. There is about a 5 mile strip between his house and Texas state line. Most of the deer that I have seen there are hanging out on the Texas side. The penalties are probably less in Texas if they will charge him with it at all.
His original charge was for being in possession. Which he will be stuck with but they will have to prove where he killed it.
I know that 10,000 dollars sounds like a lot of money. But in perspective that is about the same or in most case less than a mule deer hunt would cost you. The Jicarilla Apache Indian Tribe gets 15,000 for a mule deer hunt.
I think they should make it 50,000 to be in possession, then they don’t have to prove you killed it.
I'm glad to see this. I hope the poachers get the message. I have complained to the NMGF for years about the Texan road hunters running up and down the road(hunting) throughout the Guadalupe's. Years back, poachers just about crippled the deer hunting in the upper Pecos river canyon. They're finally coming back, but it took a long time. Hobbs is my hometown, I'll be through later on my way to the Pecos to hunt to visit/check on Ma. If I see Mr. Bradley I'll stick my tongue out at him!!
There's no double jeopardy Don. The small amount, which IMHO was way too low, was the amount of the fine in the criminal case and he was also ordered to pay the $10,000 as restitution to the state for that trophy buck. Most of the western states are set up that way now to try and eliminate the taking of those big bucks and bulls, especially in late Fall and Winter on the Winter range where they are especially vulnerable at that time of the year. The poaching incident was in 2007 and the court case didn't happen until 2009. This thread was just brought back up from three years ago by our newbie jennywatson, so it's not something that is being brought back up in court, just on this website. Welcome to our newbie incidentally!!! We need more cuties to go along with all us old codgers on this site, LOL! Yep, I'm just one of those "dirty old men", LOL!!! PS: I actually think her post was probably more spam than anything else after reading it and then clicking on that link she put up about luxury villas in Italy!
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...