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Trial date set in alleged deer poaching incident

A trial date was set Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two men involved in an alleged deer poaching incident from last November.

On 8:30 a.m. May 6, a jury trial will hear the cases of Nicholas Thayer, 28, who was charged with hunting a deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, and Daniel Place, 27, who also received the failure to attach ear tag charge.

Both charges are misdemeanors, meaning if they are found guilty, the pair are looking at a maximum penalty of between $1,000-$2,000 and/or six months jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Warden Brad Peterson was notified via Pierce County Sheriff's Department Dispatch that, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15, someone witnessed an individual in a pickup truck shoot a deer from CTH A, south of 420th Street, with a gun.

The witness told Peterson he was returning from bow hunting when he kicked up several deer. Two of the deer were bucks and they ran west toward CTH A. As the witness watched the deer, he said a tan truck turned onto A from 420th. It then stopped on A, where the buck, an estimated 10-pointer, ran into the woods. The witness then heard a gunshot come from the truck. The witness and Peterson were unable to find the deer.

For more please read the Feb. 25 print version of the Herald.

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. 

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