Man Fined $864 After Illegal Buck Take/Dumping

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A 22-year-old Wymore man recently paid a total of $864 in fines and liquidated damages after he pleaded guilty in Gage County Court to a charge related to his illegally shooting a deer near the Kansas border.

The man was pleaded guilty to one count of wanton waste and was fined $50 for the violation, and was ordered to pay $64 in court costs and $750 in liquidated damages.

Conservation Officer Jeremy TenKley said the violator had been hunting deer with a 30-year-old man, also from Wymore, when he shot a buck deer. The wounded deer fled into Kansas and the 30-year-old man killed it there.

The owner of the Kansas land where the deer was killed, heard the shots and investigated, and located the men on his property without permission. The two Nebraska men agreed to give the landowner the bucks antlers in exchange for him not reporting them to law enforcement officers.

The two poachers then brought the deer back to Nebraska and ended up dumping the deers carcass into the Big Blue River from a bridge near Barneston.

Conservation officers learned of the violations through an anonymous tip to Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers.

Charges may be also be filed in Kansas and Georgia relative to the case.

Anyone who sees or has knowledge of a game law violation is encouraged to call Nebraskas Wildlife Crimestoppers Program operated by the Nebraska Wildlife Protectors Association in cooperation with the Game and Parks Commission. The purpose of Wildlife Crimestoppers is to reduce illegal hunting and fishing activity in the state. Commission conservation officers conduct investigations into suspected illegal activity. Investigations usually begin from tips called in by the public on a toll-free telephone hotline, 1-800-742-7627.

People reporting offenses or giving information need not leave their name, they dont have to appear in court, and they may be eligible for a cash reward.