Update: Man charged in deer poaching incident

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UPDATE 9/13/16 @ 6:15 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W. VA. (WSAZ) -- With buck season around the corner, many hunters are getting their guns ready and are eager to get outdoors. But one man started the hunting season too early.

According to a criminal complaint from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police, Michael John Ryan Schlotterbock, from Florida, is charged with poaching after he was caught killing a deer out of season.

"We viewed a bait pile out in the middle of the field," DNR Officer, C.J. Holloran, said.

Police say it happened Friday night in a field behind Hurricane Chevrolet.

Officer Holloran said Schlotterbock illegally killed the deer with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Photos from a trail cam show Shlotterbock loading a dead deer into his Jeep Liberty.

Schlotterbock said he killed the deer for food, but police said that's still not an excuse to kill an animal out of its designated hunting season.

"That's a lot of excuses we get a lot of the time, but I advised him there is other ways to get food for your family," Holloran said.

Holloran says every county in West Virginia has their own hunting regulation including when, where, and how you can hunt.

"It's not fair to the animals for us to go in and just hunt anytime we want to. But these laws are in place to make sure the survival of the population of animals," Holloran said.

Schlotterbock is charged with hunting out of season, hunting without a license non-resident because he is from Florida, and illegal possession of wildlife.

WSAZ did reach out to Schlotterbock for a comment, and though he did not want to talk on camera, he did say he regrets what he did.

While some hunters say they should have the right to hunt year round, others say that takes away from the sport.

"Poachers hurting the wildlife. That takes out of the season so if you would go out and kill an eight- point today then when the season is legal to hunt them that eight- point wouldn't be there," Travis Vickers, an avid hunter, said.

The DNR said poaching is a problem in West Virginia, but it's one they're cracking down on.



UPDATE 9/13/16 @ 10:30 a.m
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been found and charged for allegedly killing a deer out of season.

The man, whose name was not released by WVDNR Police, was located Monday, according to the police's Facebook page.

According to a Facebook post by the West Virginia Natural Resources Police, the incident happened Friday night in Hurricane behind Hurricane Chevrolet.

The post said the suspect's trail camera was located and the photos attached to this article were retrieved from his camera.

The photos show the suspect loading a dead deer into his Jeep Liberty.

Police say he was charged with hunting out of season, hunting without a license and illegal possession of wildlife.

For a complete list of hunting regulations in West Virginia, click on the link.



ORIGINAL STORY
HURRICANE, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Natural Resources Police are looking for a man who allegedly illegally killed a deer out of season.

According to a Facebook post by the West Virginia Natural Resources Police, the incident happened Friday night in Hurricane behind Hurricane Chevrolet.

The post said the suspect's trail camera was located and the photos attached to this article were retrieved from his camera.

The photos show the suspect loading a dead deer into his Jeep Liberty.

In the post, the West Virginia Natural Resources Police said "we are working to identify the suspect and asking for your help in bringing justice in this case."

If you have information regarding this case, contact the state natural resource's district office at 304-759-0703.




 
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