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For Release: Thursday, October 4, 2012

DEC Charges Seven in Greene County on First Two Days of Bow Season

Seven individuals were charged with hunting violations in Greene County on the first two days of the bow hunting season, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

The majority of violations were for hunting big game (deer or bear) with the use of bait. Individuals will sometimes place a pile of food in the woods in the weeks leading up to the hunting season to get wildlife accustomed to frequenting the bait pile. In the first few days of hunting season, the individuals wait at the bait pile for an unsuspecting animal to come along to feed and then the individuals shoot the animal.

"Hunting over a bait pile is unethical, illegal and clearly violates the principle of fair chase," said DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly. "DEC vigorously enforces game laws to level the playing field for our law-abiding hunters."

The following individuals were charged on October 1:

  • In the town of Catskill, John Cuti of Hillsdale, NJ was charged with hunting over a bait pile, bow hunting without a license and hunting without a back tag; Louis Caucig of Catskill was charged with placing feed to attract deer; John Sindone of Howard Beach (Queens) was charged with hunting over a bait pile; and Steven Sullivan of Catskill was charged with hunting over a bait pile, placing feed to attract deer, possessing a firearm while bow hunting, failure to carry a hunting license and hunting without a back tag.
  • In the town of Greenville, Vincent Staniorski from Greenville was charged with hunting over a bait pile and hunting without a back tag.
  • In the town of Windham, Chris Pettignano from Windham was charged with hunting over a bait pile.

On October 2 in the town of Cairo, Jose Morales of Manhattan was charged with hunting over a bait pile, placing feed to attract deer and hunting without a back tag.

Possessing a firearm while bow hunting is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail. All other listed offenses are violations that carry a penalty of up to $250 and/or up to 15 days in jail.

Individuals are encouraged to contact DEC with any questions or reports of suspicious hunting behavior using our 24-hour dispatch hot line at 1-877-457-5680.

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