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Shooter in deer poaching incident gets license suspended

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The shooter in the deer poaching incident last November expressed his remorse Wednesday.

"Mr. (Nicholas) Thayer is devastated, embarrassed and ashamed," said his attorney Aaron Nelson during Thayer's plea hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court.

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Thayer, 28, was charged with hunting deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, two misdemeanors, from the Nov. 15 incident. As a result of the plea agreement, he pled guilty to the hunting deer charge and was ordered by Judge Robert Wing to pay a fine, the exact cost undetermined and for his DNR rights to be suspended for three years. The deer tag charge was dismissed.

Nov. 15, 2008

The incident caught attention of law enforcement around 10:30 a.m. that morning when DNR Conservation Warden Brad Peterson received a complaint from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department that the caller reported he had witnessed a subject in a pick-up truck shoot a deer from County Road A, south of 420th St. with a gun.

The complainant told Peterson he was bow hunting along A when he witnessed the poaching incident. Peterson and the complainant looked in the woods for the deer, but were unable to locate any sign of it.

Peterson returned to the area around 5:20 p.m. that night and observed several vehicles traveling up and down A, but none stopping until 6 p.m. when he noticed a truck stopping in about the same spot where the deer was shot.

For more please read the May 13 print version of the Herald.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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