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Last Updated: 11/14/2014

MOUNTAINAIR MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MULTIPLE COUNTS IN TROPHY DEER CASE

Poached trophy buck
Trophy buck poached in unit 13
MOUNTAINAIR – A 26-year-old man was found guilty of unlawful hunting and fishing, unlawful possession of deer and criminal trespass on 5 poaching charges stemming from an anonymous tip that a deer was killed illegally in January of 2013.
Jose “Azan” Chavez was hunting deer with a public land permit valid for Game Management Unit (GMU) 38 on January 11, 2013, when he killed a deer in GMU 13 on private land without written permission from the landowner.
“Chavez admitted to Department of Game and Fish conservation officers and charges were filed in Torrance County Magistrate Court,” said Shawn Carrell, lead investigative officer on the case. Chavez was found guilty on 3 of the 5 counts and was ordered to spend 364 days of unsupervised probation, donate $1,000 to Operation Game Thief and pay court costs and fees.  Chavez also agreed to pay $6,000 in civil damages associated with killing and possessing the trophy mule deer buck to the Department.

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