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19 hunters bagged in poaching sting

By Mika Elizabeth Foley, Times Community Newspapers

March 21, 2002

An organized ring of hunters illegally killed at least 28 deer and six wild turkeys from four different counties including Prince William. According to Capt. Mike Bise of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), 19 individuals have been implicated for 47 charges involving the poaching of wildlife.
DGIF has been investigating an organized Spotsylvania-based hunt club and a check station operator in Prince William for over two months.

Capt. Bise stated, "This hunt club was taking animals during closed season; such as taking in doe during a buck-only season or killing wild turkey when that season was not open."

The check station operator, John C. Bordeaux of Shooter's Paradise in Woodbridge, was then allegedly checking the animals in as legitimate kills.

"That's when we use the term laundering. He was actually making illegal wildlife kills appear to be legal on paper," Bise said.

Some counties, such as Prince William, allow unisex deer kills for the duration of the hunting season.

But there are many other counties with very specific times that hunters can take female deer instead of males or bucks.

"You can kill doe during the entire hunting season in Prince William. It's a population control mechanism that the department uses," Bise said.

Then he explained, "What was happening in this case, the animals were being checked as deer killed in counties that have a season-long unisex season. It was making it appear legit."

According to Bise, the department has a very reliable, reputable check station system in Virginia.

"We set up with local store owners, usually on a volunteer basis, to check wildlife for us and help develop records of the number of animals taken," he said.

The investigation started in late December after the department received "information on a hunt club and a piece of property in the northern neck of Richmond County," Bise explained.

"We actually staked it out, and when they came back to their vehicles at the end of the day, they had six illegal turkeys and six illegal deer," the captain said.

The department then uncovered more information that attracted them to other areas.

DGIF expanded the investigation into Spotsylvania, Prince William and Caroline counties.

"The final wrap-up--although we still might not be finished--we have implicated 19 individuals on 47 different charges of taking wild animals during closed season and/or falsifying state documents," Bise said.

Other peripheral charges filed were possession or transportation of illegal wildlife and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Bordeaux was charged with three counts of falsifying state documents, according to Bise.

"The bulk of the people charged live in Spotsylvania County," said Bise, who added the majority of the animals that were taken were also from Spotsylvania.

The captain commented, "This was an unusual case. Generally, when we have wildlife violations, they are somewhat random. It is a little more unusual to find an actual organized scheme, where people know they are doing wrong, and they are intentionally covering it up."
 

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19 hunters bagged in poaching sting

By Mika Elizabeth Foley, Times Community Newspapers

March 21, 2002

An organized ring of hunters illegally killed at least 28 deer and six wild turkeys from four different counties including Prince William. According to Capt. Mike Bise of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), 19 individuals have been implicated for 47 charges involving the poaching of wildlife.
DGIF has been investigating an organized Spotsylvania-based hunt club and a check station operator in Prince William for over two months.

Capt. Bise stated, "This hunt club was taking animals during closed season; such as taking in doe during a buck-only season or killing wild turkey when that season was not open."

The check station operator, John C. Bordeaux of Shooter's Paradise in Woodbridge, was then allegedly checking the animals in as legitimate kills.

"That's when we use the term laundering. He was actually making illegal wildlife kills appear to be legal on paper," Bise said.

Some counties, such as Prince William, allow unisex deer kills for the duration of the hunting season.

But there are many other counties with very specific times that hunters can take female deer instead of males or bucks.

"You can kill doe during the entire hunting season in Prince William. It's a population control mechanism that the department uses," Bise said.

Then he explained, "What was happening in this case, the animals were being checked as deer killed in counties that have a season-long unisex season. It was making it appear legit."

According to Bise, the department has a very reliable, reputable check station system in Virginia.

"We set up with local store owners, usually on a volunteer basis, to check wildlife for us and help develop records of the number of animals taken," he said.

The investigation started in late December after the department received "information on a hunt club and a piece of property in the northern neck of Richmond County," Bise explained.

"We actually staked it out, and when they came back to their vehicles at the end of the day, they had six illegal turkeys and six illegal deer," the captain said.

The department then uncovered more information that attracted them to other areas.

DGIF expanded the investigation into Spotsylvania, Prince William and Caroline counties.

"The final wrap-up--although we still might not be finished--we have implicated 19 individuals on 47 different charges of taking wild animals during closed season and/or falsifying state documents," Bise said.

Other peripheral charges filed were possession or transportation of illegal wildlife and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Bordeaux was charged with three counts of falsifying state documents, according to Bise.

"The bulk of the people charged live in Spotsylvania County," said Bise, who added the majority of the animals that were taken were also from Spotsylvania.

The captain commented, "This was an unusual case. Generally, when we have wildlife violations, they are somewhat random. It is a little more unusual to find an actual organized scheme, where people know they are doing wrong, and they are intentionally covering it up."
 

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Its kind of like another post Ive seen here before...."Be aware of the hunting gods"
 

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