Poacher to Pay $2500 for Killing Three New Mexico Deer

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A Las Cruces man who pleaded guilty to poaching three deer in the Organ Mountains will pay almost $2,500 in fines and civil penalties.

Robert F. Hofeldt, 33, admitted to illegal killing and illegal possession of two large mule deer bucks in the late 1990s and another buck in 2002. Two of the bucks had been mounted and were seized by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers. Hofeldt also stands to lose his hunting privileges in New Mexico for up to three years.

Las Cruces Magistrate Carlos Garza accepted a plea agreement and fined Hofeldt $1,600 and assessed him $144 in court costs during proceedings July 20. Hofeldt agreed to pay the state civil penalties of $250 for each deer.

District Conservation Officer Richard McDonald said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assisted in obtaining information from a Colorado Division of Wildlife investigation of an antelope poaching case in which Hofeldt paid $2,547 in penalties. During that investigation, Colorado officers obtained information implicating Hofeldt in possible New Mexico hunting violations. Hofeldt was a resident of Grand Junction, Colo., in 2003.

If you have information regarding wildlife crimes, call the New Mexico Game and Fish at (505) 476-8000 or the Operation Game Thief Hotline toll-free at (800) 432-GAME. Rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest or charges brought against anyone stealing your wildlife.