ST. ALBANS, Maine — Poachers killed at least two deer on Monday evening, leaving one to rot and dragging the other out of a field, according to a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife official.
Doug Rafferty, the DIF&W’s director of information and education, said the deer were killed in a field off Snow Road in St. Albans between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday. Legal shooting hours — a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour after sunset — on Monday stretched from 5:49 a.m. until 4:48 p.m.
A hunter found the adult deer that was not recovered on Tuesday morning and reported it to the Maine Warden Service.
Rafferty said drag marks from the field to the road, along with a blood trail, indicated that at least one more deer had been shot and killed.
“This is just another case of somebody basically stealing from [hunters] who are trying to do it right,” Rafferty said.
Game Warden Jonathan Parker is the investigating officer on the case. Rafferty said anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Warden Service through the Maine State Police, or to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-ALERT-US. Tips passed along to Operation Game Thief can be handled anonymously.
Rafferty said the Maine Warden Service has been actively pursuing many leads on other cases that have been reported on the tip line.
“That sucker’s been humming this year,” Rafferty said of Operation Game Thief. “We’ve got a lot of information coming in, and I’m not afraid to tell you that.”