2 deer illegally shot and abandoned in Granite woods

December 12, 1997|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

Though deer season is winding down, poachers came too close for comfort yesterday morning when they shot two deer illegally in the woods behind Robert Griffith's house, in Granite.

"I was scared this morning when I heard the shots, about 7: 30," said Griffth, 60.

The tree line is about 50 yards from the house, Griffith said, and he found the carcasses some yards into the woods. "It's illegal to hunt on private property without permission," he said.

Police found four shotgun-slug cases in the area where the deer were killed. Griffith called the Department of Natural Resources, then went back into the woods to see if someone was hauling away the carcasses. "Whoever shot them must have hidden when they saw me and then run away," he said.

Ranger Richard McIntire, a DNR spokesman, said illegal hunters frequently kill deer and sneak back under cover of darkness to pick up the carcasses.

Deer season with modern firearms ends Saturday; muzzle-loader and bow-hunting seasons follow.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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