'Very, very big buck' taken illegally near Red Wing
RED WING -- Goodhue County (Minn.) prosecutors have charged a man in a possible poaching case involving what officials said may be a trophy buck.
"It's a very, very big buck," said a state official who asked not to be named pending charges.
State conservation officers recently seized the record-book deer rack and filed poaching charges against a Cannon Falls man.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources investigation stemmed from an incident where three deer, including a trophy 8-point buck were killed by archery in three separate incidents near Cannon Falls in October.
According to the complaint, Troy Alan Reinke, 32, admitted to conservation officers that he had shot a small doe and a small buck on separate dates in early October, and failed to tag or register either of the deer. Reinke said he shot the large 8-point buck, with a 185 green score, on Halloween evening. A green score is an unofficial score to rate deer antlers (inches of length).
Conservation officers seized a bow, two deer racks, the meat from the three deer, and the hide from the large buck as part of their investigation.
Restitution for the small buck and doe is $500 each. Restitution for the trophy buck is $1,000.
Reinke also faces other fines and court costs, and could have his hunting privileges revoked for three years if convicted. A trial date has not been set.
Anyone witnessing wildlife or fishing code violations is encouraged to contact the nearest conservation officer, law enforcement agency or the toll-free Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Also, #TIP is available to most cell phone users in Minnesota.
People should contact the Minnesota State Patrol or a DNR regional or area office for the name and phone number of a conservation officer in their area.