Worton hunter charged with trespassing
WORTON — A Worton man on Oct. 18 was issued a summons charging him with illegally killing a 17-point whitetailed deer.
Ronald Wayne Roe, 27, was criminally charged with trespassing on posted property and wanton entry on cultivated land. Additionally, he was charged under natural resources law with hunting on private land without written permission.
The offenses are alleged to have occurred Sept. 10, the second day of archery season.
Roe’s preliminary hearing is Nov. 18 in the District Court for Kent County.
According to a Department of Natural Resources news release issued Oct. 21, Natural Resources Police received a call Sept. 12 from a Worton resident alleging illegal hunting involving a large buck. The NRP officer located two piles of bait on property adjacent to land owned by Roe where he had a tree stand, according to the DNR news release. The officer also found a blood trail leading from the bait to the spot where a buck had been field dressed.
According to the news release, Roe told police that he shot the deer on his property, but that it died on his neighbor’s property. Witnesses called by Roe after he killed the deer contradicted that account, saying they helped drag the carcass to his property and then to his vehicle, according to the news release.
Officers seized the 17-point rack and the hide from a taxidermist.