Monday, January 22, 2018

Blood In The Snow Leads To Warren County Charges

ECOs Nicols and Brassard with the buck and crossbowAccording to a press announcement sent by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. On the night of Jan. 8, Environmental Conservation Officer Alan Brassard received a call from New York State Trooper Bryan McCormack who was at a complaint in the town of Chester with Warren County Deputy Adam Hurlburt. According to DEC, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department had received a complaint from a couple that had found a dead buck in their backyard.

ECO Brassard reported that he responded to the residence and checked the area for evidence. Brassard seized the deer and determined it had been killed by a crossbow bolt. The ECO returned the next day with ECO Maxwell Nicols and the two officers followed a blood trail that led away from the property, weaving through the woods behind the complainant’s house, across New York State Route 9, and behind three additional houses before ending at two corn piles behind another house. No one was home, but the ECOs, assisted by State Trooper Haley Grace, obtained a phone number for the owner.

According to ECO Brassard, he called the suspect who admitted that he had shot the deer from his home late in the afternoon the previous day, but was unable to track it through the snow in the dark.

The poacher was issued three misdemeanor appearance tickets for illegal taking of wildlife, taking big game out of season, and taking big game over bait. An additional ticket for hunting without a valid hunting license was also issued. The crossbow and bolts were seized as evidence. All of the tickets are returnable to the Town of Chester Court.

Photo: ECOs Nicols and Brassard with the buck and crossbow, provided by DEC.

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7 Responses

  1. rc says:

    “three misdemeanor appearance tickets for illegal taking of wildlife, taking big game out of season, and taking big game over bait. An additional ticket for hunting without a valid hunting license”

    Hit them with a felony instead. It might make these criminals think twice.
    Otherwise, its just a laugh at the bar with their buddies.

  2. Charlie S. says:

    How sad this story is. To think the suffering that this animal went through…all for just going along in life not a threat to any body or thing. People are just so cold and vicious. An arrow! What a horrible way to die…even for an animal. Especially for an animal!

    • Boreas says:

      He didn’t even bother to track it in order to eat it as he knew he was more likely to get busted if he followed it (no license!). He was basically using it for target practice… Shame.

  3. Tim-Brunswick says:

    I’m a hunter and a trapper (OMG…) , but for once I have to agree with Boreas! To obviously wound any animal hunting and not follow-up is reprehensible and a waste of a precious resource. Current penalties for such behavior do not fit the crime.

  4. Luke says:

    DEC – Start naming these violators so that everyone in their community knows who acts with such disregard for existing laws. If this person got a speeding ticket, or was driving a car with an expired registration, or left the scene of a minor property damage accident, their name would appear on a police blotter in a local paper. But the person can knowingly violate three game laws, not to mention firing a lethal weapon in a neighborhood, and he/she remains anonymous. Why do you have this ridiculous policy?

  5. Jim Fox says:

    Violators should be banned from getting any kind of hunting license for life. I hope the DEC kept the crossbow. And yes, I second publishing the culprit’s names.

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