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For Release: Thursday, September 14, 2017

DEC Charges St. Lawrence County Man for Illegally Taking Deer Out of Season

A tip from the public has led to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) charging 18-year old Elliot Matthews, of Herman, with taking deer during the closed hunting season. On Sept. 9, ECO Joel Schneller received a call from a complainant regarding the shooting of a pair of white tail deer that had been illegally taken earlier that evening in the town of Russell, St. Lawrence County. Mathews was later interviewed and admitted to taking both deer from a field located on the West Road in Russell. Mathews was charged with taking a deer with the aid of an artificial light, possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public highway and taking deer during the closed season. In addition to the misdemeanors, Mathews was also charged with the violations of hunting without a license, taking deer from a public highway, failure to tag deer, and using rim fire ammunition to hunt deer. If convicted he faces combined fines up to $10,000, revocation of hunting privileges for up to five years, and forfeiture of the rifle used during the illegal activity. All charges are pending in the Town of Russell Court. ECO Bret Canary contributed to the investigation.

2 ECO's with two illegally taken deer in the back of a truck

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