Vermont Deer Poaching Investigation Leads to Multiple Criminal Charges
Two Barnet residents have received multiple criminal charges resulting from a report to Vermont State Game Wardens involving hunting on November 6, opening day of youth deer hunting weekend, without landowner permission.
After an investigation, wardens executed a search warrant November 10, at the Carl and Tricia Sanborn residence in Barnet in response to alleged wildlife violations, bear baiting, and spotting and locating deer. Three deer, deer meat, bear meat, an ATV, a rifle, a computer, photos, and video footage were seized. A second search was executed at the residence the next day when six compound bows and arrows were seized. Several vehicles and a Town of Barnet school bus were also searched.
Carl Sanborn, 40, was charged with four counts of Illegal Possession of Big Game, Taking Big Game by Illegal Means, Taking Bear in a Baited Area, Spotting and Locating, Contributing to Juvenile Delinquency, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Tricia Sanborn, 40, was charged with four counts of Illegal Possession of Big Game, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. More charges are anticipated.
Upon conviction of a violation related to the illegal taking, possessing, or transporting of big game, a person may be fined up to $500 for the first offense and up to $1000 for each subsequent offense. Big game violations carry potential jail times of up to 60 days in jail for each violation and revocation of hunting fishing, and trapping privileges for three years. Potential restitution for the deer and bear killed is up to $1000 per animal. Upon a conviction of Taking Big Game by Illegal Means, the implements used in the taking and transporting, firearms, bows, and vehicles, are subject to forfeiture to the State. A conviction of Recklessly Endangering Another Person carries a possible fine of up to $1000 and one year in jail. A conviction of Contributing to Juvenile Delinquency carries a possible fine of $2000 and up to two years in jail.
Anyone with information related to this case should contact Senior Game Warden Dennis Amsden through the Vermont State Police Dispatch, at 802-748-3111.