Major Poaching Case Filed in Butler County

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For the past several years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has been investigating a string of deer and turkey poaching incidents in a multi-county area. The poaching was reported to have involved shooting from a vehicle on a roadway.

In many cases, the deer were left for several days before only the head and antlers were removed and the remainder of the carcasses abandoned. In most reports, the deer were killed out of season and on land where the shooter did not have permission to enter.

The investigation also revealed that the suspects had poached wild turkeys out of season, without permits, and while trespassing. In some cases, only the beards of the turkeys were taken.

The investigation culminated on Dec. 18, 2003, when KDWP natural resource officers executed a search warrant at the home of an Augusta man. Parts of 60 deer and 114 wild turkeys were confiscated, as well as several unused deer hunting permits. Six of the deer seized are classified as trophy animals under wildlife law. Several firearms believed to have been used in the poaching activity were also confiscated.

On April 21, charges were filed against the Augusta man and a 17-year-old juvenile in Bulter County District Court. The charges against the adult include two felonies and 24 misdemeanors, and the charges against the juvenile include one felony and 35 misdemeanors.