Ronald D Brockway (age 44) of Wapello, IA, recently entered into a plea agreement for poaching a white-tail buck during a closed season. Brockway spotlighted the deer but as part of the plea agreement the charge of taking the white-tail buck with the aid of an artificial light was dismissed. He was fined $535.00 for taking the deer during a closed season and also ordered to pay restitution of $500.00. In addition, he paid a fine of $535.00 for waste of a game animal. He also forfeited hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in Montana for 12 months.
His poaching partners, Brian V Thye (age 41) of Wapello, IA, and Wade D Walker (age 41) of Morning Sun, IA, were fined $1070.00 and $535.00 respectively for their part in the poaching of the white-tail buck.
The deer was poached on February 8, 2007, in Carter County approximately three months after Montana’s 2006 deer season had ended. Unfortunately, Montana game wardens and other western states are seeing a rise in after-season deer poaching. According to Montana game warden Steve Marx, “Deer are tamer during the winter months as they travel to winter feeding areas. These deer are easy targets for unethical poachers.”
This case was a cooperative effort between local landowners, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.