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200 hunters charged with 550 violations during deer season

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More than 200 hunters were charged this past big-game hunting season with deer-hunting violations over a nine-county region that includes much of the Capital Region, Department of Environmental Conservation officials said Monday. Those hunters were issued a total of 550 violations. “DEC vigorously pursues individuals who violate the principle of fair chase and undertake illegal hunting practices,” DEC regional director Gene Kelly said in a statement. “Night-time poaching and hunting in close proximity to dwellings ...

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January 1, 2013
10:31 a.m.

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So- the DEC uses fake deer to get gun holders to shoot at them- in an area dangerous to public safety. Doesnt this put the public in further danger? It also doesnt seem like the punishment and fines are high enough to detere illegal and unsafe hunting.