Kent County man fined, pun­ished un­der anti-poach­ing law

Record Observer - - Sports -

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

* * * Duck blind know-it-all Day­light Sav­ing Time was first pro­posed by New Zealand en­to­mol­o­gist Ge­orge Hud­son, whose shift work job gave him leisure time to col­lect in­sects and led him to value af­ter-hours day­light. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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