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Oh deer! Hunters halted in Canyon Country

Trio did not tag animal after they killed it

Posted: October 24, 2008 10:13 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
A California Highway Patrol officer caught three men hunting a deer alongside Highway 14 near Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country on Friday morning.

CHP Officer E. Shaffer received a call from Freeway Service Patrol stating there was a suspicious vehicle parked along the freeway.

"When I arrived on scene there was one male in the bushes to the right, followed by two other males in the bush," Shaffer said. "I advised them to come out and they came out and said they were deer hunting back in the hills.

"They had two rifles and they did shoot a deer. I advised them to sit down, and located the rifles and the deer," he said.

The dead deer was in the bush, about 100 feet down the side of the hill, Shaffer said.

"They stated that it is the Angeles National Forest and they're allowed to hunt in zone D-11 which they shot the deer in," Shaffer said.

Although the hunters had two deer tags with them, they had not yet tagged the deer when officials arrived.
"I told them ‘you're required to tag the deer immediately,'" Shaffer said.

Shaffer said he informed the hunters that if they did not tag the deer properly and immediately, they could illegally use the tags later on.

Shaffer said he confiscated the tags and issued a citation for improper tagging to the hunter who shot the deer.

"They were allowed to take the deer," he said.

The three hunters were older than 18 years of age but Shaffer said Friday that he could not release their identities.

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