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Deer Poacher Nabbed; Additional Suspects Sought

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Agents arrested a Frankford, Del. man and continue to search for a second suspect and the driver of a pickup truck after responding to a complaint of deer poaching off Route 431 west of Millsboro about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 10, the evening before the official 2005 start of hunting season.

Eric Magee Jr. of Route 4, Box 289, Gum Road, Frankford, was charged with 12 counts, including hunting deer during the closed season, hunting at night, conspiracy, failure to tag deer, resisting arrest and hunting with a rifle. He was taken to JP Court 3 and sent to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of a $12,000 cash bond.

According to Capt. James Passwaters, Fish and Wildlife Agents Casey Zolper and Katie Couchman responded to the area and observed a pickup truck stop along the road where the offense was reported to have occurred. At about 11 p.m., Agent Zolper observed two men dragging a deer from the field. He ordered the men to stop and apprehended Magee following an approximately 500-yard foot pursuit. The second suspect continued to flee and has not yet been apprehended. Fish and Wildlife Agents are also searching for the driver of the pickup truck.

Anyone with additional information or evidence related to the deer poaching incident are asked to call the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Operation Game Theft line at 1-800-292-3030 or the Millsboro Enforcement Office, (302) 856-5644. Operation Game Theft pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person possessing an illegally killed deer.

Delaware deer hunting information is available on DNREC’s website at www.dnrec.state.de.us/fw. The seasons and limits section begins on page 10 of the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. For additional information on wildlife hunting and trapping, call (302) 739-9912. For hunter education information, call (302) 739-9915.