Kent County man fined, punished under anti-poaching law
A Kent County man convicted Feb. 21 of illegally killing a potential state record white-tailed deer was ordered to pay a fine, make restitution to the state, and perform community service.
Ronald Wayne Roe, 28, of Worton, was found guilty on all counts of trespassing and poaching stemming from the shooting of a 17-point buck in September on private property.
District Judge John Nunn III sentenced Roe to pay $5,000 in restitution and perform 80 hours of community service, as mandated by the state’s anti-poaching law. Roe also received a $500 fine ($250 suspended) and three years of unsupervised probation. His hunting privileges were suspended for two years. The trial lasted two days over the course of two months.
Joseph Bogdan, the landowner who had targeted the massive buck for several years only to have Roe shoot it, told Judge Nunn it was “the kind of deer that makes a good neighbor a bad neighbor.” At first, he said, he congratulated Roe but as the facts came out “it went sour after that. The deer was baited, killed and gutted on my property.”
A scorer for the Boone and Crockett Club, which measures deer antlers for possible records, said the rack was 212 7/8 total inches. That would have secured the club’s top spot for Maryland crossbow hunters and a top 10 overall state ranking.
The case began on Sept. 12 when officers received a call from a Kent County resident about a suspected case of illegal hunting involving a large buck. An officer located two piles of bait on Bogdan’s property adjacent to land owned by Roe and where he had placed a tree stand. The officer also found a blood trail leading from the bait to the spot where a buck had been field dressed.
Roe told police that he shot the deer with a crossbow on his property but that it died on his neighbor’s property. However, friends called by Roe after he killed the deer contradicted that account, testifying they helped drag the carcass to his property and then to his vehicle. Bogdan’s property was posted with “No Trespassing” signs in numerous locations.
A new anti-poaching law took effect last June. It requires judges to order restitution and community service in cases of deer poaching. The monetary penalty is based on the measurement of the antlers scored on the Boone and Crockett Club system. A buck with antlers scoring 150 or fewer points requires restitution of $2,000 to $5,000 and 80 hours of community service. A buck with antlers scoring more than 150 points requires restitution of $5,000 to $10,000 and 80 hours of community service. A deer without antlers requires restitution of $300 to $500 and 40 hours of community service.
* * * Eagle Festival March 11 Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the United States. Each year, Blackwater NWR holds an Eagle Festival in March to celebrate our national symbol. The festival offers a variety of activities for all members of the family. Entrance to the refuge and all events are free. The festival is held rain or shine.
Activities include live non-releasable birds of prey up close with exhibitors from Salisbury Zoo, Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center, and Raptor’s Eye. The USDA Nutria Project with Nutria Detector Dog demonstrations are scheduled at 11:30 and 2:30. You can also step into the Phillips Wharf “Fishmobile” and meet some of the aquatic residents of the Chesapeake Bay.
Kids (and adults) activities include an owl pellet exploration and creating a wren nesting box to take home. Archery practice is available with traditional bows and arrows, and you can practice target shooting on a unique “Hoverball” range. A “JAKES” BB Gun Range will offer a fun and safe shooting range staffed by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Learn more at friendsofblackwater.org.
* * * Get ready to fish The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland is hosting its 17th annual Lefty Kreh TieFest on Saturday, March 18, at the Kent Narrows Yacht Club. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature more than 30 fly-tyers demonstrating patterns proven successful in the Mid-Atlantic. Casting demonstrations, lessons, and equipment manufacturers will also be part of the scene. An addition this year will be tying classes for kids and novice tyers.
CCA MD is also offering its final Angler’s Night Out of the season at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport on March 28. Beverages, appetizers, and fish talk run from 5 to 7 p.m. before a feature film will be presented called “Providence.” The full-length fly fishing film chronicles a trip to Providence Atoll fishing for flats species including giant trevally, bluefin trevally, bumphead parrotfish, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, triggerfish, and milkfish.
* * * Pasadena Sportfishing Group to meet March 13 Simon Brown of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be the guest speaker at the March 13 meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.
Fishing tackle raffle tickets and a 50/50 drawing will be held after the discussion by Brown on “Striped Bass Fishing Regulations for 2017” that will last for about 45 minutes, during which questions and comments will be received from the members. A stage, projector, screen and microphones will be available for use during his discussion.
Food and beverages are available. Kids get a free ice cream. Doors open at 6 p.m.; meeting begins at 7:30.
Meetings are free and open to the public. Bring a friend or your first mate.
For more information, see www.pasadenasport fishing.com
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