Wardens Score Again!

woodseye

Well-known member
For Immediate Release January 15,
2004
Game Wardens arrest three, charge others
ASHLAND, Maine - Game Wardens arrested two people and charged 12 other
people on Wednesday night after serving 2 arrest warrants and six search
warrants simultaneously in northern Aroostook county.

"This investigation is another example of the Warden Service continuing to
focus its serious enforcement efforts on those individuals who willfully and
purposefully violate fish and wildlife laws. We will continue to direct this
focus in the future," said Major Tom Santaguida of the Warden Service.

Eric Argraves, 30 of Castle Hill, was arrested last night, and charged with
37 counts of various wildlife crimes. Argraves hunting license was currently
under suspension, and it also had been revoked one time previously. Among
the charges are four charges of night hunting, four charges of illegally
hunting moose, one count of killing deer during a closed season and two
charges of illegal possession of deer or moose. All those charges are Class
D Crimes, and carry a minimum sentence of three days in jail and a $1000
fine for each count.

Also arrested was Shawn Bragg, 22, of Castle Hill, who was charged with 19
hunting violations, including these class D Crimes: three counts of hunting
deer after having killed one, three counts of night hunting and two counts
of exceeding the limit on deer.

In Connecticut, a Maine Game Warden, Connecticut Environmental Police and
Connecticut State Troopers arrested Darren Clark for possession of a firearm
by a felon. Clark was also charged with fraudently obtaining a license and
night hunting while in Maine.

The charges are a result of a two-year investigation stemming from
complaints that Argraves was continuing to hunt, despite having his license
revoked. The investigation revealed that Argraves continued to hunt at
night, out of season, out of motor vehicles, basically whenever he wanted,
and hunting for whatever he wanted, including deer, moose and fox. Many
times Argraves would hunt using these illegal methods, and that is how
others were charged. Most of the violations occurred in Castle Hill, where
those charged would hunt illegally as opportunities arose.

Most of those charged will be arraigned on March 17 in Presque Isle District
Court. 33 Game wardens, 3 US Fish and Wildlife Agents, 1 Connecticut
Conservation Law Officer and 2 Drug Enforcement Agents took part in the
serving of the warrants.

The following people have been or will be charged in the operation, and more
charges could follow pending further investigation:

Alleged Violations committed by Eric Argraves DOB 05-31-73 of Castle Hill:
05-25-02 T11 R13 Title 12 Sect. 7604 Exceeding limit on trout and
Keeping short trout.
08-29-03 T11 R11 Title 12 Sect. 7464 Illegal hunting of moose (Class
D)
08-31-03 T10 R11 Title 12 Sect. 7464 Illegal hunting of moose (Class
D)
09-30-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-17L Illuminating Wildlife
10-01-03 T10 R09 Title 12 Sect. 7464 Illegal hunting of moose (Class
D)
10-01-03 T10 R11 Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Loaded gun in motor vehicle
10-01-03 T10 R11 Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
10-02-03 T10 R09 Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Loaded gun in motor vehicle
10-02-03 T10 R09 Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
10-02-03 T10 R09 Title 12 Sect. 7406-1 Hunting fox in closed season
10-03-03 T10 R09 Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Loaded gun in motor vehicle
10-03-03 T10 R09 Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
10-03-03 T10 R11 Title 12 Sect. 7464 Illegal hunting of moose (Class
D)
10-04-03 T09 R08 Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Loaded gun in motor vehicle
10-04-03 T09 R07 Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
10-04-03 Castle Hill Title 17A Sect. 1103 Trafficking in scheduled
drugs
11-03-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
11-03-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-5A Night hunting (Class D)
11-03-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-10 Possession deer killed
in the night (Class D)
11-04-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
11-04-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-1 Possession of moose
closed season (Class D)
11-13-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect 7406-5A Night hunting (Class D)
11-13-03 Castle Hill Title 17A Sect. 402 Criminal Trespass
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 77529-1 Possessing unregistered
deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Shooting from a motor
vehicle
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7529-1 Possession of
unregistered deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7531 Illegal transportation of
deer (civil)
12-05-03 Mapleton Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Loaded gun in motor vehicle
12-05-03 Mapleton Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
12-05-03 Mapleton Title 12 Sect. 7406-5A Night hunting (Class D)
12-06-03 Ashland Title 12 Sect. 7406-5A Night hunting (Class D)
12-06-03 Ashland Title 12 Sect. 7375 Hunting under Revocation
12-00-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-1 Killing deer closed
season (Class D)

Eric Argraves DOB 05-31-73 also committed alleged violations in NH.
09-20-02 New Hampshire Purchasing license while under revocation
09-00-02 New Hampshire Hunting under revocation
11-00-03 New Hampshire Purchasing license while under revocation
11-00-03 New Hampshire Hunting under revocation

Alleged Violations committed by Shawn Bragg DOB 02-07-81 of Castle Hill:
11-07-02 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7525B Failure to register a deer
11-08-02 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-2 Hunting deer after
killing one (Class D)
11-08-02 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-1 Exceeding the limit on
deer (Class D)
11-12-02 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-2 Hunting deer after
killing one (Class D)
11-12-02 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-1 Exceeding the limit on
deer (Class D)
11-00-03 Ashland Title 12 Sect. 7529-1 Possession of unregistered
deer
11-12-03 Ashland Title 12 Sect. 7036 Hunting antler less deer
11-13-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect 7406-5 Night hunting (Class D)
11-13-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Loaded gun in a motor
vehicle
11-13-03 Castle Hill Title 17A Sect. 402 Criminal Trespass
11-21-03 Mapleton Title 12 Sect. 7406-5A Night Hunting (Class D)
11-22-03 Perham Title 12 Sect. 7371-3 Hunting antler less deer w/out
permit
11-22-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-5A Night Hunting (Class D)
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7371-3 Killing antler less deer
w/out permit
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7529-1 Possession of
unregistered deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7531 Illegal Transportation of a
deer (civil)
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-2 Hunting deer after
killing one (Class D)

Alleged Violation committed by Wade Charette DOB 11-02-50 of Ashland
11-04-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7464-2 Illegal possession of
moose (Class D)

Alleged Violations committed by Daniel Higgins DOB 07-01-74 of New Sweden
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7036 Hunting antler less deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7529-1 Possession of
unregistered deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-11 Illegal transportation
of deer

Alleged Violations committed by Brian Lovley of Castle Hill
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-2 Hunting deer after
killing one (Class D)
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect 7458-2 Hunting deer after killing
one (Class D)
12-06-03 Ashland Title 12 Sect. 7458-2 Hunting deer after killing
one (Class D)

Alleged Violations committed by Daren Clark DOB 10-27-65 of Connecticut
11-00-03 Ashland Title 12 Sect. 7375 Fraudulently obtaining a
hunting license
11-03-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7406-5A Night Hunting (Class D)
11-03-03 Castle Hill Title 15 Sect. 393 Possession firearm by felon
11-04-03 Castle Hill Title 15 Sect. 393 Possession firearm by felon

Alleged Violations committed by George Clark DOB 10/24/66 of Connecticut
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer

Alleged Violations committed by Marci Argraves DOB 11-09-72 of Castle Hill
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
11-29-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer

Alleged Violations committed by Robert Argraves DOB 03-14-40 Fort Fairfield

10-04-03 T09 R08 Title 12 Sect. 7406-9A Shooting from a motor
vehicle
11-28-03 Castle Hill Title 12 Sect. 7458-10 Driving deer
 

dogtagger

Well-known member
Wow woods, that's some list of offenses. If these charges hold up, I hope this guy (or guys) end up doing some time in jail. I doubt it'll stop 'em from doing it again though. Once a dirt-bag always a dirt bag.
 

M^2

Well-known member
While it is great he is nabbed, why did they wait two years and how many animals were killed as a result so someone could gather more statistics? Seems to me a crime is a crime, seems everytime I do one thing wrong I always get caught
 

Old Shep

Well-known member
Looks like they had someone undercover in the gang who kept track of dates and offenses.
It's hard to stop violators like these.. Obviously they have no respect at all for the game laws. The only way to make a case stick is with a ton of charges.
You convict them and punish them as hard as you can. Then the public get on the side of tne wardens and will start watching these crooks and turn them in anytime they even drive near some woods.
 

Quilly

Well-known member
well obviously this dirt bag will do it again. he should no longer be able to own a firearm and should loose his car/truck and house.
 

vermonsta

Moderator
Moderator
If you had judges who would prosecute to the fullest or even take these violations seriously they wouldn't have to get so many counts against them. It's obvious that one or two charges don't deter these maggots maybe the fines and multiple counts will snap a judge out of their coma!
 

H.Argraves

New member
That Dirtbag is my father, thank you very much. You people should know your facts before you run your mouths/keyboards. I was there every day that an undercover game warden lived with us for two years. This warden, Mark Merefield fabricated these "violations" in the last 6-8 months he was with us. Not to mention that I saw him drink a 18-30 pack of budweiser each day he was there. All the moose hunting was Mark saying drive closer to that moose while he took pictures. The short fish, were not short, the pictures are on a picnic table with a can on it and are several inches longer than the can.Those loaded gun in the vehicle charges came from his gun as the only other one was my 4-10 and I can assure you it was not loaded. I watched Mark Merefield on several accounts shoot partridge out of the window, who then wrote that down, since my dad let him he was charged. The hunting without a license came from him going hunting with the game warden who counted that as hunting. This ass has been placed all over the state from fort kent to kittery. They have to move him because he is the dirtbag. These "maggots" that are my family, did not get any serious consequences because the judge realized the charges were not true. The only account that my father was charged with was the hunting fox out of season because that one was true. The fox was 30 feet from our chicken coop. This man is actually quite the sportsman and hunter and has been a registered maine guide for years along with my mother who got her license before him. So I hope you uninformed people are happy because he did do jail time, 6 months while my family went without food and supplies sometimes because the state set up my father, the provider of the household, and gave him 36 incorrect accounts. Im glad to know that the asshole that set us up and lived in our house for 2 years and bought us dinner and lobster several times is being supported by you. So have a good ############ing day while you run your uninformed mouths for nothing better to do.
 

Common Sense

Well-known member
We had a warden like that here in my neck of the woods about twenty years ago. He spent a lot of time with a couple of my B-I-L's and other assorted family members. I went "hunting" with that crowd once about 35 years ago, and decided I shouldn't spend time afield with them anymore. They were all charged with numerous counts; but unlike your father, they were guilty as sin.

The warden was spotlighting and poaching and harvesting out of season right along with them. Even though they were guilty, it just didn't seem right the way he was acting. A few years ago, while still a game warden, he was busted for a few felonies and spent some time in the big house.
 
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