FWC promotes conservation of white-tailed deer, catches three deer poachers
An investigation into deer poaching in Hamilton County resulted in charges for three men for taking deer during a closed season, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers.
David M. Moody, DOB 7/27/94, of Wellborn, Justin A. Cheshire, DOB 10/5/89, of Jasper, and Logan H. Corbett, DOB 10/23/97, of Wellborn, were recently charged with multiple misdemeanors for illegally taking deer.
“We know most of our Florida hunters are respectful conservationists,” said Capt. Martin Redmond, FWC area supervisor. “We hope this case sends a message that we support law-abiding hunters and that our officers work diligently to prevent the abuse of our fish and wildlife resources.”
The case began July 11 when an FWC officer discovered a doe deer carcass under the Alligator Creek bridge off U.S. Highway 129 near Jasper. The doe had been freshly killed, cleaned and discarded under the bridge. FWC officers started monitoring the area, and two additional carcasses were discovered. One was a small buck in velvet and the other was a large buck with the head removed.
The officers began their investigation and started talking to the suspects in the case. Deer hair, blood and body parts were found in vehicles driven by Moody and Cheshire. After meat from the illegally-taken deer was confiscated and the head of a 9-point buck was recovered, additional evidence of illegal activity was found on social media sites.
Moody, Cheshire and Corbett were recently charged and arrested, according to an FWC investigator. Moody was charged with seven counts, Cheshire received five counts and Corbett with one count of taking deer during a closed season. If they are found guilty, they could lose their hunting licenses for up to three years.
If suspicious activity is seen, it can be reported anonymously to FWC’s Wildlife Alert. Reports can be made by calling 888-404-3822, sending a text to Tip@MyFWC.com or online at MyFWC.com/contact and clicking “Wildlife Alert.”