Three Men Convicted in Deer Poaching

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On June 24, the 7th District Court in Moab accepted guilty pleas by two Moab men, Harley Lammert and Codi Kerby, for the wanton destruction of three mule deer. On July 23, the Grand County Justice Court accepted a plea by another man, Derrick Kerby, for the unlawful taking of a deer. All of the charges stem from a shooting spree that occurred last winter in Castle Valley near Moab.

In November 2002, the men were involved in multiple incidents of shooting deer out of season, usually at night using either a spotlight or automobile headlights. Two of the defendants, Harley Lammert and Codi Kerby, were charged with Class A Misdemeanors. The third defendant, Derrick Kerby, was charged with a Class B Misdemeanor. The men were tied to the shooting of three deer, although informants reported that the men had bragged about shooting as many as 22 animals.

All of the men received suspended jail sentences up to two years upon their meeting the conditions of probation ordered by the courts. The courts ordered the three defendants to pay a combined total of $4,930 in fines and restitution. A rifle and archery equipment were also forfeited.

One of the bucks shot barely missed classification as a trophy. Under Utah's trophy statute, killing a buck with a 24-inch antler spread is a felony, punishable by prison time and substantial fines and restitution. Trucks, 4-wheelers and any other property used in the commission of the felony may also be forfeited, if a court deems it appropriate.

This case was successfully prosecuted because someone cared enough to get involved and call the Division of Wildlife Resources. If you observe suspicious or illegal wildlife-related activity, please call the "Help Stop Poaching" hotline at 1-800-662-DEER or notify your local public safety dispatcher. Utah's wildlife needs all the help it can get. Suffering from prolonged drought, poor range conditions and predation, we can't afford to lose animals to people who have no respect for life and property.

For more information, call the DWR's Southeastern Region office at (435) 636-0260.