February 7, 2015

From NorthCountyNow.com

More than 300 enforcement actions during 2014 deer season in DEC Region 6, including St. Lawrence County

The 2014 regular deer season Oct. 25 through Dec. 16 concluded with a total of 353 hunting-related enforcement actions reported by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs).

Region 6 covers St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer and Oneida counties.

Region 6 ECOs charged 228 individuals with a total of 353 charges. The charges included 171 misdemeanors and 181 violations. The breakdown of the charges includes:

• 60 charges pertaining to the illegal taking of big game (55 m and 5 v)

• 5 possession of firearm during bow or muzzleloader season (m)

• 12 discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling (m)

• 2 discharge of a bow within 150 feet of a dwelling (v)

• 5 Penal Law – criminal possession of a weapon 4th (m)

• 71 firearms related charges (loaded gun in a motor vehicle, shooting from
roadway) (m)

• 103 tickets related to tagging, reporting and licensing (v)

• 5 charges for hunting with the aid of bait (v)

• 38 trespassing on posted property (v)

• 4 take deer with an artificial light (m)

• 12 use of spotlight with an unsecured gun or bow (m)

• 1 feeding bears (v)

• 11 feeding deer within 300 feet of a road (v)

• 6 false statements charges; 5 Penal Law and 1 false statement applying for a license (m)

• 14 hunting after hours (v)

• 4 additional charges; hunting with barbed broadheads (1 v), hunt big game with semi-auto firearm holding greater than 6 rounds (1 v), and take deer with implement not specified (2 m).

One additional charge of illegal taking of a moose resulted in a civil compromise agreement in the amount of $1,200 for the misdemeanor plus a
$2.50 surcharge. The individual also pled guilty to hunting deer without a valid license and as part of a conditional discharge donated $125 to a decoy fund and paid the $75 surcharge.

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