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Hunting group offers reward for info on poached buck in Washington County

Photo: Upper Hudson River Valley QDMA Facebook Page Photo: Upper Hudson River Valley QDMA Facebook Page

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - A deer hunting group in Washington County is looking to find the person responsible for poaching a buck last week.

The Upper Hudson River Valley of the Quality Deer Management Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of a person that committed the act. The group says the person poached a 9-point buck and made off with the head, and left the body to rot.

On October 27th, a Washington County farmer found the buck near his home.

"We'd like them to be, you know, arrested," said Matthew Ross, a Wildlife Biologist for the Quality Deer Management Association, "convicted, whatever law enforcement will do with it and we're going to do that as a nonprofit and give back to all the hunters in Washington County and really as a representation of New York State hunters. We really are just disturbed by this."

Reward information was posted on the group's Facebook page this week. The QDMA promotes proper management of land to strengthen the deer herd and allow bucks to grow bigger and older.

"Mostly we want the people that are performing illegal acts to know we don't want to tolerate that," said Ross.

Currently, it is archery season for white tailed deer in the southern New York Zone but the buck was shot with a rifle which is illegal until hunting season begins on November 16th. However, another law was broken; officials say the deer was killed from a public road, extremely close to a farmers home and at night.

"It looked like to me somebody shot at a house and if you shoot within I think its 200 yards of a dwelling that's also a criminal act," said Ross.

Ross says whoever is responsible could face hundreds of dollars in fines, community service, and revocation of their hunting license if they have one.

Officials would not give the exact location where the deer was found to NEWS10 ABC because poaching deer has been a problem there and the deer management group does not want to draw more attention to the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-TIPP-DEC to report the person.


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