By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MILFORD – Conservation officers have charged three Otsego County hunters with 146 charges in the with killing of eight deer Nov. 22 in fields along Route 35 in the Town of Milford.
Wayne Shutters, 20, Town of Maryland, Joziah M. Underwood, 19, Schenevus, and a 16-year-old youth, also of Maryland, were charged with multiple counts of Environmental Conservation Law violations, including taking deer with the aid of an artificial light – known as “deer-jacking” – discharging a firearm from a public highway, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, hunting big game during closed hours, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
On Nov. 22, conservation officers received a call from Otsego County 911 that several dead deer had been found in fields along County Highway 35, which runs up the east side of the Susquehanna between Portlandville and Milford. Troopers and DEC K-9 units assisted in the recovery of evidence and the deer were transported to DEC’s wildlife pathology lab in Delmar for necropsies.
Three additional deer were discovered later, related to this incident. Additionally, two firearms were confiscated.
Each of the charges carry a penalty of up a year in jail and/or fines of up to $2,000. In addition to the fines and potential jail time, the defendants also face potential revocation of their hunting licenses.