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Photo leads to poaching arrest in W.Va.

December 02, 2009 at 05:09 PM

WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A front page photograph of a contender for a sporting goods store’s Big Buck Contest prompted West Virginia conservation officers to charge a hunter with poaching.

Raymond Allen Owens of Bethany is accused of illegally killing the buck on Nov. 23, the first day of the deer firearms season.

After hearing about the photo published in the Wheeling Intelligencer, Conservation Officer Steve Himmelrick linked Owens’ kill to a spotlighting complaint he received the night before from the Bethany area.

Though Owens said he shot the deer on his property, Himmelrick charged Owens in magistrate court with hunting without a license on another persons’ property.

The deer was confiscated from a taxidermist.

A telephone listing for Owens could not be found.

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