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Illinois hunting and fishing

Three charged in deer poaching case

November 02, 2011 at 05:06 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

MORRIS—Three men have been charged with illegally killing two dozen deer, including one Illinois officials say might have set a new state record.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that 45-year-old Christopher Kiernan of Minooka, 49-year-old Larry Smith of Williamsburg, Ontario, Canada, and 31-year-old Garret Armstrong of Avon, N.Y., each face multiple charges.

Grundy County State’s attorney Johnathan Bates said Kiernan turned himself in and was released on bond. The other men have not yet been jailed.

Kiernan did not return a call from The Associated Press. None of the men have entered pleas.

Bates said the deer were shot at a site just outside Morris in north-central Illinois.

The investigation focused on the unlawful kiling of a 36-point non-typical deer scoring 261 5/8 and valued at $35,000.

DNR officials said that deer could set a new whitetail record.

The three were charged after an 11-month investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement.

All three men were cited for numerous Wildlife Code violations and now face charges through the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Sangamon County State’s Attorneys Office.

Charges were filed after a thorough investigation with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Alberta Sustainable Resources Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. 

Specific charges were filed as follows:


Christopher Kiernan (age 45, of Minooka, IL)

11 counts of hunting without permission of landowner and being an accessory to the charge
19 counts of unlawful possession of illegally taken deer
5 counts of hunting with invalidated permit
5 counts of unlawfully taking of deer
2 counts of falsifying harvest records
1 count each of:  Failure to report harvest on the same day as killed, Fail to tag deer as required
 
Garret Armstrong (age 31, of Avon, NY)

9 counts of hunting without permission of landowner and being an accessory to the charge
8 counts of hunting with an invalidated permit
4 counts of unlawful possession of illegally taken deer
2 counts of unlawfully taking of deer
1 count each: Failure to tag deer as required,
      Failure to report harvest as required
      Falsifying harvest record

Larry Smith (age 49, of Williamsburg, Ontario, Canada)

1 count each of the following:
Hunting without permission of landowner
Hunting with invalidated permit
Failure to tag deer as required
Unlawful possession of illegally taken deer
Unlawfully taking of deer
Failure to report harvest as required
Falsifying harvest record

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Turn these 3 idiots int ogolfers for the rest of their lives. No more hunting in Illinois….EVER!!!

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