DEC Police ticket dozens for deer poaching

NYS DEC

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police officers in Region 8 recently concluded their main enforcement initiative in the Finger Lakes region for the illegal taking of deer during the southern zone regular hunting season which ended on Sunday, December 11, announced DEC Law Enforcement Major Steve Gerould.

Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) worked hard during the past several weeks to target illegal deer hunting. A primary focus was aimed at those shooting at night with the use of an artificial light, a practice commonly known as deer jacking. Typically, deer jacking occurs in remote rural areas, throughout the night. During their patrols, which took place in late October and November, ECOs worked long hours and often confronted armed individuals. 

“The vast majority of hunters pursue and take game legally,” said Major Gerould. “We work closely with the sporting community to educate individuals on safe and legal hunting practices to try and stop them from illegally taking game to the detriment of wildlife populations and the legal efforts of honest hunters.”

ECOs are out in full force, patrolling, staking out, and observing the lands on which people take deer. They are in uniform and undercover; they are in vehicles and on foot; they are checking licenses and watching over deer decoys.

Below is a list of some of the individuals ticketed by ECOs for violating New York’s Environmental Conservation Laws in the Finger Lakes region during the past several weeks.

Steuben County

• On November 19, Ralph R. Valentine, 44, of Rome, NY was charged with the violation of failure to immediately fill out and attach a big game carcass tag. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Troupsburg Court on Dec. 7 and faces a fine of up to $250 and or 15 days in jail.

• On November 19, Robert T. Jenkins, 22, of Niagara Falls, NY was charged with the violation of failing to immediately fill out a big game carcass tag. He will appear in the Town of Greenwood Court on Dec. 5 and faces a fine of up $250 and up to 15 days in jail.

• On November 20, Robert A. Clark, 42, of Newark, DE, was charged with unlawfully killing an antlerless deer. He was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and paid a civil penalty of $252.50.

• On November 20, John J. Speciale, 40 of Campbell, was charged with the violation of possessing an improperly tagged doe deer. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Addison Court on Dec.14 and faces a fine of up to $250 and up to15 days in jail.

• On November 21, Willis J. Robert, 72 of Clark, N.J. was charged with possessing an improperly tagged antlerless deer and making a false statement while applying for a hunting license. He was scheduled to appear in the Town of Addison Court on Nov. 21 for possessing an improperly tagged deer and faces a fine of $250 and 15 days in jail. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Tuscarora Court on Nov. 23 on the misdemeanor charge of making a false statement and could be fined of up to $200 and receive up to 3 months in jail.

• On November 21, Joseph R. Christensen, 21, of Bath, was charged with the violation of failing to immediately fill out a big game carcass tag. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Greenwood Court on December 5 and could be fined up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail.               

• On November 2,1 William H. Winters, 71, of Lockport, NY was charged with the violation of possessing an improperly tagged deer. He will appear in the Town of Cameron Court on December 5 and faces a fine of up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail.

• On November 26, Charles R. Arlin Jr, 46, of Gansvodrt, NY, was charged with the violation of possessing an untagged doe deer. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of West Union Court on December 21 and faces a fine of up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail.

• On November 26, Michael A. Ainsworth, 62 of Rexville, NY was charged with unlawfully possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled to appear in the Town of West Union Court. He faces up to $1000 in fines and up to one year in jail.