Roadblock Nabs Elk Poachers
Three Louisiana men paid a total of $1,995 in Eddy County Magistrate Court Nov. 17 for failure to provide proof of sex and other game law violations, following a routine roadblock investigation near Hope Nov. 16. Bobby Diddon, 66; his son, Daniel Diddon, 44; and William Chambliss, 21, all of Kentwood, La., pleaded no contest to the charges before Judge Larry E. Wood.
Officers from New Mexico Game and Fish and local police departments found nine plastic trash bags containing more than 200 pounds of game meat in a trailer towed by the men. The three men said they all had killed deer but had no heads with antlers, saying they boned the meat and threw out the heads to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
Chris Larsen, Artesia district officer, cited all three men for failure to produce proof of sex and took them to the Eddy County Detention Center in Artesia. Investigating officers seized the game meat and three cameras found in a search of the suspect’s vehicle.
Film taken and processed from the cameras showed Chambliss apparently cutting meat from the leg of an elk. Other photos showed Bobby Diddon holding a skinned-out spike buck – illegal to shoot in New Mexico. Chambliss was charged with unlawful possession of elk and Diddon was charged with unlawful possession of deer.
Wood assessed Chambliss fines of $1,000 for unlawful possession of elk, $100 for failure to produce proof of sex and $114 in court costs. Bobby Diddon was ordered to pay $400 for unlawful possession of deer, $100 for failure to produce proof of sex and $114 in court costs. Daniel Diddon was assessed a $100 fine for failure to produce proof of sex and $67 in court costs. Chambliss and Bobby Diddon also face the loss of their New Mexico hunting and fishing privileges for up to three years.