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Turkey baiting in Cache County

This photo shows turkeys near the bait site.

In April and May of 2013, during the limited-entry and general turkey season, six individuals were associated with illegal poaching of turkeys over bait.

This activity occurred in the south end of Cache County in the Mount Sterling, southeast of the town of Wellsville, inside the Sardine Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit.

All individuals had permits to legally hunt turkeys during the season, but chose to hunt at sites baited with corn that was placed on the ground or in barrels. This is illegal. The individuals hunted inside blinds that were placed at the bait sites. Five turkeys were killed in and around these bait stations.

Officer Matt Burgess and Investigator Kip King spent approximately one month observing and eventually identifying all suspects involved in the case.

The individual responsible for setting the bait stations and guiding other hunters was charged with Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife Unlawful methods (Class B). The suspect paid $583.00 in fines, and $100.00 in restitution for the turkey he had harvested.

The guided hunters were charged with Unlawful Taking/Possession of Protected Wildlife (Class B), and paid monetary fines and $100.00 in restitution for the turkey they harvested.

  • Matt Burgess
  • Additional contact:
    Mitch Lane

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