"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make
things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve
rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be
attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -Thomas Jefferson,
quoting Cesare Beccaria.
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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
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.