The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said in a roundup of Environmental Conservation Officer (ECOs) actions, that on Aug. 18, officer Chris Lattimer responded to a call from a New York State Trooper who believed the occupants of a truck he stopped had been poaching deer.
Lattimer said they confirmed that they had shot at a buck and missed. All of the four occupants gave written statements confirming they were poaching deer, and a .308 bolt action rifle was seized. The four were given appearance tickets for using a light with an unsecured gun in the truck. The shooter was given additional appearance tickets for hunting deer with artificial light, possession of a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, hunting deer during closed season, and illegally harassing/pursuing deer. The charges will be heard in Mount Hope Court.
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