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North Dakota man charged with multiple hunting violations

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Thirteen deer were shot and left to waste by a North Dakota man recently charged with multiple hunting violations. David Larsen has been linked to the illegal killing of seven whitetail deer and six mule deer following a year-long investigation, the Williston Herald reports.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGFD) started their investigation, which eventually incriminated nine adults and two juveniles, in October 2017. NDGFD officers had discovered “a decapitated deer carcass” in an isolated area within Mountrail County. Eventually, evidence brought them to several different individuals, including one juvenile who admitted he was with Larsen when Larsen shot the deer. The juvenile told police that “Larson told him he wouldn’t be caught,” according to the Williston Herald.

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Unfortunately, for Larsen, that wasn’t the case. In fact, the affidavit stated that Larsen’s divorce stemmed from his poaching and, while officers “were told that Larsen ‘just likes killing stuff,’ he “rarely brought venison home,” the Williston Herald reports. Additionally, while being interviewed by game wardens, Larsen did confess to waiting to tag deer “until after he’d gotten them home.”

Larsen now faces several charges: exploitation of wildlife and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He is currently being held on $10,000 bail as he awaits his court date.

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Gary H. - posted 5 months ago on 01-30-2019 12:06:38 pm
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Bottom line is that nationwide, too many people turn a blind eye because they dont want to deal with the law for various reasons.

Gary H. - posted 5 months ago on 01-30-2019 12:06:19 pm
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Well I would rather it went into public access but I understand the program needs funding.

At a minimum the people who give information to arrest poachers should be awarded additional priority points. (Some states do this)

There needs to be rewards for good behavior.

Leif F. - posted 5 months ago on 01-22-2019 08:25:57 pm
North Dakota
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Gary,

You've got the right idea. Here in North Dakota, all confiscated firearms and equipment involved in poaching convictions are auctioned off to the highest bidder by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. All proceeds go to funding the NDGFD's Report All Poachers (RAP) program.

Greg T. - posted 5 months ago on 01-22-2019 04:53:33 pm
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I hope he can never hunt in any state again, and they strip him of all his gun rights.

Gary H. - posted 5 months ago on 01-22-2019 10:09:47 am
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I hope they sell everything he owns and use the money to open more public hunting access areas.