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Two Texas men charged with poaching three mule deer


Texas mule deer
Photo credit: Muleshoe Journal 

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) officials have charged two men with poaching three mule deer bucks in Lynn County, Texas. Jacob Hildebrand and John Redecop were indicted by a grand jury on April 3, 2018 for their crimes, which included three state jail felonies and eight Class A misdemeanors. The men were charged with illegally killing the deer at night on private property without permission, use of a spotlight, and dumping the deer carcasses “in a wasteful manner,” KCBD reports.

There is no legal mule deer season in Lynn County.

Three poached mule deer
Photo credit: Muleshoe Journal

The incident occurred on the night of Jan. 6, 2018. A tip prompted TPW game wardens to investigate the area, which resulted in an investigation that “spanned across four separate counties and involved multiple parties” and, eventually, linked Hildebrand and Redecop to the crimes, according to KCBD. Both men were arrested on April 15 following the grand jury indictment. They will be required to pay a restitution fee of $11,237.

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“By far, the majority of hunters today follow the law and work to preserve wildlife for future generations,” said Lubbock district public information officer Aaron Sims. “Unfortunately, there are individuals that roll the dice and take a chance at being caught hunting illegally. Area wardens often patrol late at night to deter these types of illegal activities. Fortunately, landowners, farmers, and good sportsmen assist wardens by keeping their eyes and ears open, and report possible suspicious activity.”

If you ever see something suspicious and want to report a tip, contact Texas’s Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-4263.


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Roger B. - posted 1 year ago on 04-25-2018 04:54:03 am
Columbia, MD

People like this need to lose all rights of hunting as well as gun rights- they have shown they cannot handle the responsibility of being a standup citizen. But they proved that they feel the laws do not apply to them, so stiffer fines would help drive the point home. Does anyone know where the money goes from the fine?

Timothy L. - posted 1 year ago on 04-23-2018 01:53:42 pm

These assholes live within 45 miles of me. Need to come down even harder on these kind of people with no respect for our wildlife.

Nick J. - posted 1 year ago on 04-21-2018 06:59:23 am

At some point we as hunters need to demand much steeper penalties. This isn't a case of accidentally hitting a doe after missing a buck. This is willful crime. The $11k most likely doesn't even cover the cost of the investigation. 3 deer, at under $4k a piece. That's cheaper than what a guided hunt would cost them. Let them sit in jail for a few months.

Erik E. - posted 1 year ago on 04-20-2018 04:08:23 pm

Total scumbags!!!!

Gary H. - posted 1 year ago on 04-20-2018 11:34:05 am

Hopefully they took their truck, their guns, their spotlight and revoked their hunting licenses for life too....

A simple 11K fine inst good enough.