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What lessons does poaching case deliver?

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Greg Peck
November 14, 2012

Last week, the state Department of Natural Resources announced the convictions of three men involved in illegally shining and shooting deer.

Convicted of seven counts were Joshua Beyer, 23, of Janesville and Christopher Kummer, 22, of Milton. They were ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines. Beyer will spend a year in jail, and Kummer will serve 30 days in jail. Both lose hunting privileges for 21 years.

Chris Taylor, 20, of Evansville, was convicted of two counts and also hit with thousands in fines. He will lose hunting privileges for six years.

Mike Dieckhoff, one of two Department of Natural Resources wardens who investigated this case, says wardens encourage the public to report suspicious activities.

“We can’t be everywhere all the time,” he said in a news release. “This is why we rely upon the public to be our partners in protecting our natural resources from violators.”

That will be especially true as hunters take to the fields and forests for Wisconsin’s annual gun hunt, which starts Saturday. The vast majority of hunters follows the laws. But every year brings news of a few who don’t.

To confidentially report possible wildlife, recreational and environmental violations, contact the DNR hotline at 800-TIP-WDNR or 800-847-9367. Callers providing information may remain anonymous.

What lessons can be gathered from the convictions of these three Rock County men? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Thursday.

I’m sorry; I’m sure many of you would like to comment on this blog. We’re disabling comments, however, like we usually do on crime stories. I’m posting this blog only to alert you to Thursday's editorial.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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